If you know the person you need to contact please be in touch using the details below. Alternatively, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.


Could this be you? – Rector 
Our last Rector, Sarah, left us in September to take up new challenges in Cardiff. We are currently in the process of finding a suitable person to head up our team. In the mean time, Simon, our curate is in charge.


The Reverend Simon Tarlton – Assistant Curate
Simon is our curate. Simon works full time in Ross and Brampton Abbotts. He also manages to find some time to run Phocas a new horticultural social enterprise venture which trains and mentors disadvantaged groups, particularly from among the homeless and recently released prisoner communities.

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The Reverend Canon Chris Blanchard – Associate Priest (Sunday – Wednesday)
The Vicarage, Walford.
01989 762368 | email
Chris is based at Walford, and will often be found taking services there, but he works across the whole team team. Chris works part time.


The Reverend Colin Leggate – Chaplain to Commerce and Industry
Colin is a retired hospital chaplain and now a member of the clergy team. He keeps the church in touch with the business community in the town where he has recently been chair of the Association of Ross Traders. He takes services quite regularly around the Benefice and is Chaplain to the local Sea Cadets


The Reverend Prebendary Caroline Pascoe – Associate Priest
Caroline’s main roll is as Lay Development Officer for the Diocese of Hereford, however she spends a small amount of her time associated with the Ross Benefice and takes services from time to time.

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Christine Cattanach – Intergenerational Missioner
As Intergenerational Missioner Christine works to bring new congregations to St Mary’s. She also works across the family of churches we represent in Ross and beyond. She is one of seven such Missioners that Hereford Diocese have invested in to empower us to help envisage the future of our churches. Christine has a heart for mission and a passion to see church re-imagined so that all generations are represented and people are able to connect with God regardless of where they are in their faith journey.  


Dr Derek Glover – Licensed Reader (retired)
01989 565167 | e-mail
Derek is one of our licensed readers, although technically retired, he still very much a part of our team. as such he is frequently to be found taking services around the benefice and taking responsibility for many areas of the work that goes on within it. Derek has specific responsibility for Hospital and Homes  Chaplaincy, Education programmes and Safeguarding. 


Canon Freda Davies – Licensed Reader
01989 562366 | e-mail
Freda is a licensed reader and takes services around the benefice. She has responsibility for some areas of the work that goes on within it. Freda is Lay Co-Chair of the Deanery Synod. 

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Nick Richmond – Benefice Administrator
The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
01989 562175 | email
Nick works in the Benefice Office each week day from 09:00 – 12:00. He is often the first point of contact for enquiries.

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Mark Sanderson – Director of Music, St Mary’s
c/o The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
Mark is responsible for the music in our services at St Mary’s. He plans music and musical events, rehearses and conducts our choir and plays for services from time to time.


Adrian Taylor – Organist, St Mary’s
c/o The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
Adrian plays the organ for most services at St Mary’s, he oversees the care of the organ and works closely with the choir. Beyond St Mary’s Adrian is the conductor of Ross-on-Wye Choral Society.

Church Wardens at the three churches:
Ross-on-Wye: Dr John Setchfield | Dr Janet Cooper
Walford: Mr Murray Alston | Mrs Gay Chinn
Brampton Abbotts: Mrs Rosemary Knapp | Mr Len Nuttall


Please use the contact form here to be in touch with the Benefice Administrator (see above for further contact details).