Parish council members

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Paul Kerryson

I feel very privileged to have been chosen by you to chair our parish council. Thank you! We have a great opportunity before us to grow a thriving and welcoming community with Savio, St Gregory's church and school working together to enhance and develop the spiritual and practical well being of our much loved Salesian parish.
Just in case you don't know me yet- I have led the music for the parish for many years hopefully catering for our differing musical tastes –sometimes traditional, sometimes modern with guitars, flutes and violin and even controversial drums!
In the last ten years I have led a capital building project for a new theatre in Leicester directing many productions of plays and musicals and receiving an MBE for diverse theatre work in a diverse community. I am currently working at the Royal Welsh music college in Cardiff and as Executive Director of Buxton Opera House.
You might also see me in the village with Malachy the Irish terrier!

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Jose Spinks

St Gregory’s has been a key part of my happy life here in Bollington since 1988, and I consider myself blessed by our Salesian priests. I am a reader, Eucharistic minister, registrar and school governor.
I have worked for 20 years as an English teacher in a variety of secondary schools, here and in the US. Latterly, I am indulged in a shared study and love of literature by teaching classes of adults for the Workers Education Association. I am a big supporter of Bollington Arts Centre and have served on the committee of Bollington Festivals since 2000.
My black Labrador, Inca keeps me fit, is friends with Malachy and almost has me properly trained.

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Liz Murphy

I was born in Bollington in 1954 and the St Gregory’s Community has always been a huge part of my life. I attended St Gregory’s primary schools (both old and new!) and for 18 years I have worked at the school in various capacities. Having served on the school PTA from 1988 until 1994 whist my daughter was a pupil there and I now find myself on their PTA again as Treasurer.
I am the Administrator/Treasurer of the Parish/Social Club 200 Club. In 1996 I was appointed Treasurer of the then “St Gregory’s Social Club”, a position which, over the years became Social Secretary, Bar Manager, and licence-holder!
I have lived in Bollington all my life. I worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Macclesfield for 24 years, and then at West Bollington Post Office until 2014. I am currently the Company Book-keeper at Hardings Yarns in Langley.

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Annette Hurst

With a background in medical communications, I am currently editor of Bollington Live and for the last two Bollington Festivals I have had the privilege to lead the science group. With a passion for communications in all forms I look forward to supporting Paul and Jose, our new Chair and Vice-chair, in an administrative capacity.
I was a catechist in little church and junior church as my daughter grew up, then I was a first communion catechist before moving on to be a confirmation catechist for 10 years. I am a Eucharist minister and I look after the repository at the back of church.

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Francesca Edwards

I have been part of St Gregory's parish since 2002, when I first moved to Bollington. I love being part of such a welcoming, friendly parish! I'm married to Gareth and we have 2 children: Emma is 11 and has just started at All Hallows, Luke is 8, he attends St Gregory's primary school, where I am a governor.
We usually attend the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, and I often come to Mass during the week.  I coordinate the team that teaches Little and Junior Church, I mostly teach Little Church, which I find very rewarding.
I work part time as a physiotherapist, I also volunteer as a breastfeeding counsellor for an international charity.
I am presently learning all about puppies- we have just acquired an adorable cavalier King Charles spaniel, Nero. 

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Katherine Cooke

I have lived in Bollington and been a member of St Gregory’s parish my entire life.  I’m married to Martin and we have 3 children who attend (and will attend) St Gregory’s school.
I am an Account Director for a Medical Communications agency working closely with clients and doctors to deliver meetings, events and medical education activities.  In my spare time I sing in a local choir and am a member of Bollington Light Opera Group.  I also sing in the church choir and at special events when the opportunity arises.
St Gregory’s has always been a part of our family… at least 4 generations have been christened, confirmed, married and buried at the church and attended both schools.  It’s extremely important to me that the parish endures and thrives for future generations.  I

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John Gay

I have been a member of St Gregory’s Parish since 1942. I went to St Gregory’s school on Chapel Street, Bollington and St Alban’s Secondary School when it was opposite St Alban’s Church. I have two grown-up children who also attended St Gregory’s School and All Hallows.
I am now retired. Over the years I have been involved in many aspects of church life, I currently clean the church brasses (singing ‘Shine Jesus Shine’). I am a Eucharistic Minister and I read at the week day masses.
I am a season ticket holder at Stoke City FC and enjoy walking with my German Shorthaired Pointer, Murphy.

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Sharon Nyasiri

I am originally from Kenya in East Africa. We moved to Bollington with my husband Nick in 2008 and have since been members of St Gregory's parish mostly attending the family mass with our children Shawna and Kieran.
Back in kenya I was a member of Don Bosco Shrine of Mary help of Christians since my childhood. I was actively involved in the youth group, choir and a lector.
"God incidentally" I have found myself in another Salesian family in Bollington together with Fr Tony who was my parish priest in Don Bosco.

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Xavier Patterson

I moved to Bollington from Davenport in 2009 with my wife Becky and two children Jessica and Xanthe. They have both left home now but are regular visitors. Xanthe works as a social worker and lives in Stockport and Jessica lectures and is just finishing her PHD in some obscure element of history. Becky is a senior lecturer in education at MMU and a Samaritan. I work as a solicitor in my own practice in Bramhall.
Prior to coming to Bollington I used to attend the Holy Name on Oxford Road which is my parent’s old parish and where they met at a dance.
I am involved in organising parish social events and organising the rota for giving lifts to mass.

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Steve Taylor

I have been in St Gregory’s parish since 2000 and am married to Julie, who coordinates the CRB checks for volunteers. We have 3 grown-up sons who went to St Gregory’s school and then All Hallows.
I generally go to 10.30 mass and often serve as a Eucharistic minister. When the children were younger, I helped with Junior Church and First Holy Communion preparation. Both Julie and myself are scientists, Manchester United supporters (although Barnsley are my first team; I’m a proud Yorkshireman!) and enjoy going for walks.
I’m a great believer in spreading the work load, so the more volunteers we have for children’s liturgy, readers, Eucharistic ministers, tea and coffee after mass etc the better. We all lead busy lives but trying to do something on a regular basis helps our community become stronger and more vibrant.