Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council consists of five elected members and five appointed members.  See the bottom of this page for upcoming PPC meetings.



I am married to Mick and we have four grown-up children and two grandchildren.  I have been a member of St Mary’s parish since moving here in 1979.  During that time, I have been involved as a catechist for Children’s Liturgy of the Word and for the First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion groups, as a Eucharistic minister, a reader and a sacristan.  I also enjoy taking my turn on the flower-arranging rota.  I was born in Liverpool where I trained as a primary school teacher.  Before retiring, I taught at St Robert’s Harrogate for 18 years.  I was recently appointed as a Foundation Governor for St Mary’s.


A parishioner since the early 1990s, I’m currently a member of the parish SVP and team leader for the Eucharistic Ministers and Home Communions. I worked mostly in mainstream and special education and after retiring I joined with other members of our parish to help provide support for the homeless and those in addiction. As a result of lockdown, I am now enjoying more regular contact with the third generation of our family, via Zoom. This is proving both instructive and very inspiring.


I have been in the parish since 2007 and fluctuate between the 10am mass and the 5pm depending on my son Jacob’s sporting commitments. I assist with refreshments and am also part of the cleaning team. I am a teacher of French, German and Spanish and some RE at Mount St Mary’s in Leeds and am a mum to three children. I love walking, Zumba and socialising or travelling with my family and friends.

I am actively involved in the Massabielle group which leads and assists pilgrims to Lourdes and Knock each year through the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes.


I have been coming to St Mary’s for 5 years. I normally celebrate Sunday 10am Mass where I am a Children’s Church leader and occasionally play the organ. Originally from Bradford where I attended St Bede’s Grammar School, I went to Durham University and settled in the north-east for 17 years before returning to Yorkshire. I live in Darley, Nidderdale with my wife and three children, and I am a design engineer with Nidec in Harrogate.   



My name is Katie Bleasdale and I have been a member of the parish since 2014, when I was appointed as a class teacher at St Mary’s school. Since then, my role in school has changed and I now work alongside Mrs Tomlinson as the Acting Assistant Headteacher. At school I currently have the responsibility for special educational needs and the teaching of religious education. I often attend Mass on Sunday evenings. I was delighted to be baptised in the church in March 2022 and officially welcomed into the Catholic faith. I aim to work with Fr. William as a link between the parish and school so that we can both best serve our community.


I am Simon Stockdale and our family has been part of the parish since we moved to the area in 2006.  I am a primary school teacher and have worked at a number of schools including St Mary’s from 2006 until 2010.  I am currently a Eucharistic minister and a sacristan.


I have been a member of St Mary’s parish since moving to Knaresborough in 1998.  I am married to Janet and we have 2 daughters both of whom attended St Mary’s Primary School and St John Fisher High School.  I have been the Parish Health and Safety advisor for nearly 20 years, a member of the Parish Finance Committee for 5 years and a Eucharistic Minister for the last 4 years.  My background is in distribution and services businesses. 


I usually attend Sat 6.00pm Mass. Helen, James and I moved to Knaresborough and St Mary’s in 1991. James attended school here. I have been a Eucharistic Minister for quite a number of years. I am a retired professional librarian. I also worked in exports in local firms. I am  involved in the local community and have been an adult member of the Scout Association for more years than I care to remember.

When other commitments permit, I am a sporadic member of the St Mary’s Singers here in the parish. I am also a member of the choir of St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Knaresborough.