Who's Who

Lyn ColmanRev'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.

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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.

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Jim Clark - Churchwarden

Jim was elected Churchwarden at the APCM on Sunday, 28th April, 2024. 

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Victoria James - Vice Chair of the PCC and Governance Officer

Victoria has worshipped at St John's since moving to Hedge End in 2007 and has held various roles during that time. Currently, Victoria is serving the Church as Vice Chair of the PCC and Governance Officer. These roles draw on Victoria's professional experience; Victoria practiced as a solicitor for just over a decade until feeling called by God to use her legal knowledge in service of the wider church. This has involved supporting people in discipleship of Christian giving, as Diocesan Secretary/CEO of Portsmouth Diocese and currently as Chief Operating Officer for the United Reformed Church. Outside of work, Victoria enjoys horse riding and singing. 

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Chris ClevettChris Clevett - Parish Administrator (Mondays and Tuesdays)

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  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!

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Kerry Holcombe - Parish Administrator (Thursdays and Fridays)

Kerry jolned the office staff in November of 2023..

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Sue GarveySue 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.

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