Hi there from the UK.  We’re really excited about joining you next year at St Augustine’s Cashmere, and looking forward to meeting you all.

We thought you might like to know a little bit about us – so here goes for a quick summary.  Claire trained as a nurse in Sheffield and then as a health visitor in Suffolk, working with families and young children.  Matthew trained in engineering in Salford Manchester, then studied further in Sheffield – where he met the lovely Claire (there is a story to be told!).  Most recently he was a manager at the local council.

For the last two years or so we’ve both been curates training in the Anglican church – serving in two different churches in Suffolk.

Since September Matthew has also been working in the local hospital chaplaincy.  We have three children, Hannah, Peter and James (24, 22, 19).  We lived in Christchurch 20 years ago and love the country!

In our spare time we enjoy being outdoors, walking the dog, sailing our dinghy, and love watching films and eating with friends.

At the moment we have lists of things to do – and are wading through bits of paperwork!  So please pray for us as we get things sorted, and for our families and friends who will miss us (and vice-versa).  We are also praying for you all as you move into summer (whilst we get our winter coats and pullovers out!) and hope God continues to bless you.


Love from


Claire and Matthew