Who's Who



Canon Philip Gray - Vicar

Fr Philip was born in Hull and was brought up in the East Riding.

After attending Beverley Grammar School he worked for Yorkshire Bank in Hull in their city centre branches.

He began training for ordination at Nottingham University reading Theology, followed by two years in Oxford at St Stephen's House.

He returned to the north to serve as a curate in Scarborough, followed by five years as Vicar of All Saints', Leek and St Matthew's Meerbrook in North Staffordshire.

In 2002 he was appointed as Chaplain to the Bishop of Blackburn and served two Bishops over a near six year period.

He was appointed to St Margaret's in November 2007. He is married to Sue and they have two children.

Canon Bernard Gribbin - Rtd

After training as a chef, working at the Ritz Hotel London and doing National Service, Fr Bernard decided to train as a priest.

Following his time at theological college, he completed his training in Birkenhead and was ordained as a priest in 1961 in the Diocese of Liverpool.

As well as his role as vicar, he has been a Stewardship Advisor to Bradford Diocese and Precentor and vicar choral at Chester Cathedral. He was made a Canon of Chester Cathedral in 1991.

He continued his role of a vicar until his retirement in 1996, when he joined the team of retired priests, here, at St Margaret’s.

He married Betty in 1960 and has family......

Fr Bernard brings a great wealth of experience, wisdom and love to our church.

50 years as a Priest...

Canon Godfrey Higgins - Rtd


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