About Us


Nick Haigh - Vicar

Nick trained for ordained ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, near Oxford. Prior to this, he worked as a professional musician with a special interest in Irish and roots music. He and his wife Anita, a singer/songwriter, have released three albums in their ‘Celtic Roots and Rhythms’ series, ‘Heartcry’, ‘Homecoming’, and ‘Haven’, and Nick has been very active on the contemporary Christian music scene and as a session musician.  Before exploring a career in music, Nick was a secondary school teacher of Design and Technology, and has worked in both mainstream and special schools.  He has a well-developed sense of humour and once worked in a duo with comedy conjuror John Archer, of TV fame.

Nick and Anita are both Companions of the Northumbria Community, a dispersed monastic community that seeks constantly to explore how to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30) in everyday, ordinary life.   They are particularly fond of, and inspired by, the Northumbrian saints like St. Aidan and St. Cuthbert and the Christianity that took root in the North of England in the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ and brought the light of the Gospel to most of England in those times.

Nick has been Vicar of St. Margaret’s Fernhurst since September 2012, and St Peter's Lynchmere and St Paul's Camelsdale since October 2016.

Anita Haigh - Licensed Reader

Anita Haigh - Licensed Reader

Anita is a licensed Reader (Lay Minister) and assists with the leading of services, preaching and teaching across the benefice. She has oversight of the ministry to children, young people and families in Fernhurst (Sunday Club, Messy Church and Morning Praise).

Christina Heath - Church Warden and Reader-in-training, St Peter's Lynchmere

Paul Bailey - Church Warden and Licensed Reader, St Peter's Lynchmere