Rev'd Phil Aindow - Vicar
Phil was born in Buxton and later moved to Cheshire and then Suffolk in his late teens. He studied Marine Civil Engineering at Plymouth University gaining an HND. Whilst there he met his wife Chrissie at an open-air service on Plymouth Hoe. Phil and Chrissie have spent time in London, Wiltshire, North Somerset and Cornwall and have been actively involved, particularly with children and families, in several different churches during this time. They have three grown daughters.
Phil has had several careers including offshore geotechnics and structural engineering but was called into ministry during a church service. Following the usual discernment process, Phil studied with Chrissie at Trinity College and served a curacy with St. Martin’s Church, Liskeard. When he can, Phil loves to be out in the elements and enjoys kiting, sailing and body boarding.
Phil is thrilled to be serving the parishioners of Hedge End as Vicar of St John’s and enjoys meeting everyone: within the parish and especially in the wider Hedge End community. He enjoys listening to their stories and getting involved in community life.
Lyn Colman - Churchwarden
Lynette Colman moved to Hedge End in 1966, as the village started to expand, only moving away for 3 years before moving back. Apart from bringing up her family, Lyn was involved in local guiding for 26 years, as well as helping with a playgroup. Lyn has been attending St. John's Church since moving to Hedge End. She has held various roles and is currently a Churchwarden. Lyn is still involved with local guiding, but now at a district level. She spends her time, apart from church, walking her dog, gardening, knitting and sewing.
David Lloyds - Churchwarden
David moved with his family to Hedge End in 1997 and over the years, he has taken on more roles at St John's such as server, intercessor, and deanery synod rep. He also volunteers in the Wildlife Haven and Peace Garden and helps out at other church functions. David also assists his wife Sally, in her role as St John's Mothers' Union Branch Leader, by giving lifts and helping with the tech side of things. David and Sally are also the liaison between St John's and the Mission to Seafarers.
Besides church work, David has been on the Hedge End Carnival committee and was Chairman of the Hedge End Twinning Association. David counts gardening and reading among his hobbies and also enjoys travel.
Chris Clevett - Parish Administrator
Chris was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1956 and has lived there all of her life (Well, it is a lovely part of the country!). In 2013 her job with Lloyds Wealth Management brought her and her husband, Steve, to Hedge End. There was also another underlying reason ...... their daughter, son-in-law and 3 lovely grandchildren (7, 5 and 3) live in Botley. They had thought of moving previously, but her job was the catalyst that started the ball rolling. She decided to take redundancy from the Bank at the end of 2014 and was looking for a part-time role, where she could also spend more time with family; hence her role at St. John's Parish Office.
Chris and her husband enjoy caravanning in the UK and France & are members of the Caravan Club. They also love walking and photography, often spending weekends away exploring the English countryside and various National Trust properties – they have already visited a few in the surrounding area!
Sue Garvey - Head Server
Sue was born in south-east London into a Catholic family and when she married Terry they moved to a small village near Chelmsford in Essex. The Church of England there was very much a part of village life. Sue became very involved in the local church and when she left work to have her children, both girls were baptised in the local church in the village where they worshiped. In 1984 her husband’s job brought them to Hedge End.
Sue soon became a member of St John’s Church, serving on the PCC, the social committee and taking on the role of Child Protection Officer. Both her daughters attended the Sunday school and then confirmation classes, Sarah became a member of the girls’ choir. It was with great joy that Sue’s brother, who had also joined the Church of England, first becoming a Reader then a Vicar, married both her daughters and recently baptised both her grandchildren in St John’s. She is presently Head Server.
Outside of her church life, Sue is interested in many crafts, including lacemaking, beading, card making and quilting. She was also involved in making the banners that the Southampton Quilters made for the church.