Whaley Bridge is to get a new vicar before Christmas. The Rev Margaret Jones will be installed on Saturday 1 December as priest in charge of the parish, which includes the churches of Holy Trinity on Buxton Road and St James’, Taxal.
Margaret is associate vicar of St George’s and St John’s, Altrincham. She has a background of teaching religious education over many years.
Margaret is the mother of three grown up children, Fiona, Sarah and David. All are teachers. There are four grandchildren, all little girls aged between five years to seven months.
She was born in Surrey, but spent most of her childhood in a village near Bath. She lived in the south until 1984 when the family moved to the Manchester area. There Margaret developed her teaching career at Trinity C of E High School in inner-city Manchester, where she taught for more than twenty years.
She was ordained eight years ago and has been at Altrincham since then. The first three years she was non-stipendiary before becoming associate vicar. She has also been chair of governors at the local church school.
Margaret has already seen the garden at the new vicarage in Whaley Bridge, just across the road from Holy Trinity, and although December is not the best time to start she is looking forward to gardening there. She enjoys walking, and being with her grandchildren. She is a Rotarian in Manchester, and hopes to continue that interest – with its many contacts, locally, nationally and internationally.