Meet the Team at the Edenham Benefice
The Reverend Canon Andy Hawes SSC - Vicar & Warden
Fr Andy was born in Grimsby in 1954 and schooled at De Aston School Market Rasen. He left Lincolnshire for six years to study Medieval and Modern History at Sheffield University and to train for Priesthood at Westcott House Cambridge, he also read for a Theology Degree at Emmanuel College.
Returning to his home Diocese of Lincoln to be ordained in 1980 he spent four years as curate in his birthplace, followed by five years as Vicar of Lutton with Gedney Drove End, Dawsmere, also in Lincolnshire. In 1989 he came to his present post where he is Warden of Edenham Regional House Retreat Centre and Vicar of Edenham, Witham on the Hill and Swinstead.
He has been married for thirty two years to Siân and has five grown up children. He has a second ‘career’ as a poet and librettist co-writing with his composer brother Patrick. In 2007 he wrote the text for the England Rugby League Team and in 2009 the text for a specially commissioned anthem to commemorate the centenary of the death of Blessed Edward King - Bishop of Lincoln for 1885-1910. He enjoys gardening (when not falling out of a tree) and the visual arts. He is also a sport nut!
Fr. David Bratley – Honorary Assistant Priest
After a career in business I was ordained in 1981. For 20 years I was Rector of Fleet and Vicar of Gedney in South Lincolnshire. I have been serving these parishes since his retirement in 2007.
Mrs Heather Lee – 01778 591338 – Reader
Edenham Church - Mr Richard Applegarth;(01778 570309) Mr Ron Lee (01778 591338)
Witham on the Hill - Mrs Ann Taylor 01778 590433 (Authorised Pastoral Assistant) Mr Ian Lawrie (01780 799199)
Swinstead - Mr Nic Ridley 01476 550055; Mrs Elsie Kiley 01476 550512