Clergy and Ministers


Revd Chris Groocock Priest in Charge
I'm Fr Chris and have been the Priest in Charge here at Holy Sepulchre since September 2016.
Originally from North Shropshire I have spent nearly 20 years working as an Army Chaplain serving in various places around the world.
Along with my wife Dee and three of our five children we are extremely happy to be here in Ashington and getting to know the people and places of the North East.
When I知 not in church you will often find me walking our little blue staffie on Ashington Park or along with Dee, enjoying a weekend pint in one of our local pubs.


Revd Lorna Beadle Curate Emeritus
I知 Lorna, I came to Holy Sepulchre as a Curate in 1995 and I知 still here!
I知 married to Bob and have one son; Tim.


Paulette Thompson Reader and PCC Lay Chair
I'm very much an Ashington girl only having left for a little while when I first married Tom 37 years ago and moved to Choppington!
I came to worship at Holy Sepulchre in 2001 and was licensed as a Reader in 2014.
I work with children and their families in the West End of Newcastle, linking church with schools.



Frances Routledge
I知 Frances and I知 one of the Church Wardens for this Parish.
I have been a member of this Church for many years and it keeps me very busy!


Dianne Thompson
Hi I'm Dianne and have attended The Holy Sepulchre all of my life. I'm married to Paul and have two adult children who are also actively involved in the church. I'm a Nurse and work in the Newcastle Hospitals. All of this keeps me very busy!

PCC Treasurer


Alison Orgill
I'm Alison and I've lived in Ashington my whole life.
I am married to John and have three sons.
I work in Newcastle as a General Manager and have been the treasurer at Holy Sepulchre since September 2015.

More PCC Members


Dominique Bell Deanery Synod Representative

Piers Bell Deanery Synod Representative
Dee Groocock
Julie Lingham
Carol Smart
Michelle Thirwall
Stephen Thompson


Angela Conway Recorder
Sandra Davison Parish Administrator
Liz Ellis Electoral Roll Officer
Joyce Gould Parish Safeguarding Officer
Denise Undeldorf Flower Arranging



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