Reverend Ann Tarper
Retired Stipendiary Minister
Ann's grammar school produced several musical celebrities, and during her years at Pinner County, Ann shared the music room with a young pianist named Reg Dwight - now better known as Elton John. In her early twenties, Ann qualified as a State Registered Nurse at London's St. George's Hospital. She then worked for several years in Norway before returning to England to gain a degree at Lincoln Theological College and go on to become a Church of England priest. In the early 1990s, Ann met two playwrights who were in search of a new character, and the Vicar of Dibley appeared on screen soon after ! Although Ann's free time was very limited until her retirement, she has contributed to Mensa's Magazine and Christian newsletters and has organised and led a Mensa retreat and a number of pilgrimages.
I have been a Reader since 2007 and since then I have worked across the Area of Parishes. My home is in Marchington and I am part of St Peter's Ministry Team. Together here we have a good working relationship, endeavouring to implement a variety of things from regular prayer cards to church socials. We each lead the services weekly and take turns in organising the locally led services once a month. I work with one of the young mums to run the monthly Messy church in church and twice a year in St Peter's school for the whole school. Both of which are becoming increasingly successful. I am also a Foundation Governor of St Peter's school and Talbot School in Kingstone which together is the Woodlands Federation. I take monthly assemblies in both schools and frequently lead their end of term services and special services like Harvest and Christmas. Part of my remit is to take out extended communion which I do regularly. Within the Area Mission Team I was asked to head up a Celebration Team after I'd led the Mission 14 celebrations across the area. Having led services across the area I have got to know many of the congregations and I invite different people to form a committee for each of the Celebration services we have held since 2014. We also planned and led a day of activities and worship for the area and this we plan to develop further. At the other churches of which the new incumbent will be key minister, I have helped to lead special services for them and regularly led Evensong at the Woodlands. I enjoy working within the Ministry team to lead our group of churches forward, developing more creative ways of Ministry and Mission.
Reverend Lucinda Wray-Wear
Curate of Uttoxeter Area of Parishes
Lucinda grew up in rural North Yorkshire, where church played a regular part in her life. In 2005, she began to sense an insistent ‘niggling’ that God was calling her in some particular way when working as a fundraiser for Worcester Cathedral.She subsequently left the Cathedral and moved to Shropshire, but the ‘niggling’ feeling persisted and, in 2015, with the blessing of her sending church, St Chad’s in Shrewsbury, she began her ministerial training at Queen’s Theological Foundation, Birmingham.
After being ordained deacon at Lichfield Cathedral in June 2018, Lucinda began her curacy in the Uttoxeter Area of Parishes and was ordained a Priest in June 2019, she also works full-time for the Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent.
Lucinda is passionate about the countryside and feels very blessed to have been called to serve her curacy here with the wealth of opportunities that the team ministry provides within Uttoxeter itself and the rural parishes, when time allows she enjoys fly-fishing and gardening (she is an enthusiastic amateur in both!) and walking her dog, Lundy, a greyhound/blue merle border collie cross.