Who We Are

Fr. John Baines – Vicar of New Mills

Fr John was born and brought up in the Peak District near Chapel-en-le-Frith, so New Mills already felt like home when he arrived in 2006, first as Priest-in-Charge, and then Vicar.

Before training for Ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon Oxford he worked for High Peak College and then Derbyshire Constabulary, and so has spent most of his life (so far!) living and working with the people of Derbyshire and believes it would be hard to find better people anywhere.

He loves living in New Mills, and can often be seen in and around town – where he is always willing and happy to talk to those who want to talk to him. He tries (with moderate success) to grow vegetables in his garden, and has more success with his other hobbies of collecting and restoring manual typewriters and telephone exchanges.

He enjoys new technology, as although he believes the world could have stopped at electric typewriters and fax machines, he realises that he couldn’t live without Ebay and YouTube. The other thing he couldn’t live without is his faith and his desire to follow God.

Whilst being Vicar, Fr John has also, at times, been Rural Dean of Glossop and a Police Chaplain. He is currently one of the Assistant Diocesan Directors of Ordinands.

Madre Nicola Pepper – Assistant Curate

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Thyra Long – Reader

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Martyn Long – Reader

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Tom Spires – Reader

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Tim Hawkins – Choir Director & Organist

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Barbara Lord – Churchwarden & Luncheon Club Supervisor

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Jan Pool – Churchwarden

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Ed Williams – Parish Safeguarding Lead (PSL)

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Bridget Kik – Parish Safeguarding Lead (PSL)

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