Subject to all the legalities, St Oswald’s new vicar will be the Rev’d Nancy Goodrich.
When St Oswald’s Church first opened in 1908, Jack and Lizzie Clarke brought their baby to be baptized in Bollington’s new church. 113 years later God has sent their great-granddaughter to be Bollington’s new Vicar.
Nancy was born and brought up locally. After school, Nancy studied PPE at Oxford University, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Manchester and then worked in manufacturing in the North West and in the Midlands.
Following Jesus, Nancy became part of a lay ministry team and then grew a vocation to ordained ministry. She trained at The Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham, moving to Lytham St Annes in Lancashire for her curacy. Nancy has been Vicar of Bolton-le-Sands near Lancaster since 2012. She is the Area Dean of the Tunstall Deanery and a member of General Synod for the Blackburn Diocese. In 2019 Nancy was appointed as a trustee of the Clergy Support Trust.
Nancy is married to Nigel, an Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Advisor for Sheffield University, they have two children, Florence, 22, and Lily, 17, and a springer spaniel called Pip.
Nancy says that she is very excited that God is bringing her to Bollington and to St Oswald’s, “Together we can work at spinning and weaving the love of God into the lives of the people in the Happy Valley.”