Meet the Team

Ministry Team

The Rev’d Kevin Martin (Rector)

I was licensed as Rector of Bemerton in November 2020 having previously been assistant curate in the Benefice of St Bartholomew and before that assistant curate in the Shaftesbury Team. I am focussed on serving the local community by being alongside you in your everyday life. Before training for ministry I was an Existential Psychotherapist in private practice, setting up a therapy centre and an affordable community counselling service.

I am married to Dr Liz, who is a psychotherapist. Liz has four grown up children, two of whom still live with us full time and work in Salisbury. The eldest is a midwife in training who has two daughters and lives with her partner in Southampton. The third has just completed her BA in American Studies at University of Sussex and is excited to be starting an MA there next month.

email: rector.bemerton@protonmail.com Telephone: 01722 679655 / 07821 943838

Maureen Winstanley Licensed Lay Minister with Permission to Officiate.

I was originally licenced as a LLM in 2007 but retired several years later but I have recently had my licence renewed.I have lived in Salisbury all my life and been connected to Bemerton Churches most of those years. Most of my working life has been spent working with my husband in our Craft and restoration Bookbinding business where I was secretary, accountant and helping to restore old books and sewing them together again.

We have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.  One Son and daughter-in-law live in New Zealand with 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Our oldest Son and Daughter-in -law have recently moved back to the UK from Florida , and our Daughter and 2 grandsons live locally.  I am looking forward to continuing my work with the people who live in this parish.I have recently begun painting as a hobby and have started an Art Group in the Community Centre which is open to everyone who would like to try their hand at painting, no experience necessary. I may be contacted by email moflo1963@gmail.com  landline 01722 333847 mobile 07591945759.

Gillian Newton LLM PTO

I was licensed as a Lay Minister in Bemerton Parish in January 1995, having been admitted to the Office of Reader (as we were then called) in 1980 and licensed to St Andrew’s Laverstock. I taught Maths throughout my working life and was Head of Maths in Salisbury F.E. College when I retired in 2003, 2 years after the death of my husband Gerald. I was also the Director of Readers for the Diocese through the 1990s and a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Readers Conference in Westminster.


I have a daughter-in-law and 2 sons, including Laurence who is our St Michael’s Community Centre manager. I have been blessed with good health and a lot of energy throughout my life and enjoy many interests from painting to watching snooker, as well as being part of the church here and the joint PCC Treasurer.

Administrator

Keren is our parish administrator and her usual hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 09:30 to 13:00. Keren can be contacted via email: bemerton.parish@yahoo.co.uk or by telephoning 01722 328031. There is an answerphone if you wish to leave a message outside of Keren’s usual working hours.

Safeguarding

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Helen Pessell.

email: helen.safeguarding.bemerton@protonmail.com

01722 333604

Churchwarden

Hilary Bird

email: hilary.churchwarden.bemerton@protonmail.com

Joint Treasurer

Frank Pessell

Has been a worshiper in Bemerton Parish for over 35 years.  Also a local school Governor. Frank will be in more of an assistant treasurer role until next year and he will then exchange position with Gillian Newton.