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.

ELECTED MEMBERS

TERESA BRITTON (REPRESENTATIVE FOR LITURGY)

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.

ANGELA SMITH (OUTREACH MINISTRIES)

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.

CATHERINE FOSTER (SUPPORT MINISTRIES)

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.

RICHARD MARTIN (FORMATION MINISTRIES)

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.   

APPOINTED MEMBERS (APPOINTED BY THE PARISH PRIEST)

KATIE BLEASDALE (WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR REPRESENTING THE PARISH SCHOOL)

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.

SIMON STOCKDALE

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.

VINCE MCGURK

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. 

JOHN WESTMANCOAT

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.