Contact us: St. Margaret's Church Church Lane, Alderton NN12 7LP email us
Rector Andrea Watkins Phone: 01604 857619 Address: The Rectory, 37 High Street, Blisworth, Northants NN7 3BJ
Curate Sue Cooper Phone: 01604 764243 Address: The New Rectory, Barn Corner, Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0NF
Church Warden Amanda Jane Selvey Phone: 01327 811380

The Parochial Church Council

The parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish. It consists of the clergy and churchwardens of the parish, who are ex-officio members, together with representatives of the laity, who are elected annually at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Legally the council is responsible for the church’s financial affairs, maintaining the church building and for promoting the mission of the church.

The current PCC members for St. Margaret’s Church, elected in 2017, are listed below.

Andrea Watkins
Andrea was installed as rector in September 2011. She has introduced us to many different types of service, worship activities and classes and has been keen to bring church out into the community, making great efforts to get to know as many village residents as possible. She has overseen a period of growth in the benefice, improvements to our church buildings to make them fit for purpose in the twenty first century and has encouraged many people to pursue various ministries through her ability to recognise and nurture spiritual gifts in others.
Sue Cooper
Sue joined the benefice in July 2015 to serve her curacy with us. Sue became a Christian when she was 22 and has been an active member of the Baptist Church throughout her adult life, so no-one was more surprised than she was when she felt God calling her to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. She was ordained in June 2016 and will remain with us until mid 2018, when she will move on to take up her first post. Sue says, "I am passionate about my faith and believe that the Christian faith really is good news, good news worth sharing with everyone."
Amanda Jane Selvey
Amanda is the only churchwarden for St. Margaret's at present, as well as church treasurer. She took over as churchwarden in 2004 and as treasurer in 2007. She is also part of the benefice ministry team and has a certificate in lay worship ministry. She set up and ran a benefice Sunday Club for children for many years and is currently involved in planning and leading the word and worship services, which take place monthly in Blisworth, as well as leading occasional services in Alderton. In addition, she is the deanery synod representative for the parish.
Linda Dards
Linda is the longest serving member of the PCC, having joined more years ago than she can remember. She is secretary and electoral roll officer. Linda is also one of the people responsible for the delicious refreshments on offer after services (and many other occasions), for which St. Margaret's and Alderton generally is so renowned! She and her husband Paul also edit and publish GRASS, the monthly benefice newsletter. Linda is also known for her now legendary 'Alderton Antiques' white elephant stall at our annual fundraising event, the Art Festival.
Doris Knights
Doris joined the PCC several years ago now. She is the street church co-ordinator for the Grand Union Benefice and organises the volunteers when the benefice team is on duty three times a year, as well as the donations of food and drink. She always helps out at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on those occasions and collects and delivers clothing and bedding to them in between times for the homeless and other socially excluded people in Northampton. She is also known for the delicious home-made soup she provides for village events and street church.
Anna Brooks
Anna returned to the parochial church council a couple of years ago after a few years break, having previously served on the council as church treasurer for many years. Anna co-ordinates the exhibition and sale of paintings at our annual Art Festival and is the person who liaises with the artists as well as dealing with all the paperwork and finances. She also acts as treasurer for this event, which is the main fundraising event for St. Margaret's Church. She is not a regular churchgoer, but believes it is important to continue to have a church in a small community like ours and is therefore willing to do her bit to keep it open.
Joy Wilson
Joy has served on the parochial church council for St. Margaret's since 2014. She does not live in the parish, having moved to Towcester a few years ago, but has a long association with Alderton as well as Grafton Regis, having lived in one or other of the villages for most of her life and been actively involved in church life in both of them. Joy currently has the unenviable task of compiling the rotas for the church cleaning and flowers as well as churchyard maintenance, so if you would like to volunteer to help with either (or both) she would love to hear from you!
Margaret Hall Townley
Margaret was co-opted onto the PCC in 2016 for the sole purpose of co-ordinating efforts to restore an oaken effigy of a medieval knight, which is located in the church. The effigy is of Sir William de Combemartyn and is in desperate need of conservation and repair. Margaret has been liaising with historians and conservation experts in order to establish the history of the monument and exactly what work will be required and has embarked on a comprehensive programme of fundraising events to raise the funds that will be required to undertake this work.