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 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 (Messy Church and Morning Praise).
Christina Heath - Licensed Reader, St Peter's Lynchmere
After university Christina qualified and practised as a solicitor before marrying and living in Kuwait, the USA and New Zealand. On her return, she began a new career teaching Law and enjoyed re-establishing a strong relationship with her local church. This and at least two interregnums and a stint as church warden encouraged her to contemplate lay readership which she qualified for in 2019. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, walking and trying to keep up with her grandchildren.
Paul Bailey - Licensed Reader, St Peter's Lynchmere
Paul was licensed in September of 2009 and has since been actively involved in leading services, preaching and offering communion at home. As an additional part of his ministry, he is also licensed to take funeral services. He is a keen walker and has trekked in parts of the Himalaya, Atlas Mountains and Alps. His other interests include squash, cycling, amateur dramatics and cooking.
Julian Biggs - Church Warden, St Peter's Lynchmere
Julian recently moved to Fernhurst having lived in Lynchmere with his wife Mary for over thirty years.
His two married daughters, are living in London with their children. After
working in Hong Kong and the City he is now retired. He is Treasurer of the
Lynchmere and Camelsdale PCC, and also of the Friends of St Peter’s. These and
other commitments keep him pretty busy. Outside of local activities he is a
keen sailor, and can occasionally be seen performing on the stage.