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I have lived in Menston and worshipped at St John's for over 45 years. I am married to Steve, a mum of 2 and active Nana to 5 under 10's. I am now retired after 40 years hospital nursing at Wharfedale Hospital and the Yorkshire Clinic.

I am very happy to be a Warden and help to look after the church and the congregation in any way I can.

Hilary Feathers



Wendy Thornhill

Licensed Lay Minister

I was first licensed as a Lay Reader in 1992 in Lichfield Cathedral and served in Lichfield diocese for a number of years, sometimes part-time whilst working as a teacher and sometimes full-time. In 2005 I moved to Essex and in a number of churches in Leigh-in-Sea. Being a country girl at heart I was delighted to be able to move to Menston in 2020 to be near to one of my

children. I feel that my vocation in the Church is built on pastoral ministry and look forward working to helping to build up the community at St. John’s




I love being part of St John's, where everyone is so welcoming and friendly. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, reading, spending time with friends, watching live sports and binge-watching Netflix! 


Hello my name is Andrew Howorth and I am proud to say that I am the associate vicar at St John’s Parish Church in Menston. Being an associate means that I assist Steve with some of the Sunday Services and get involved in other aspects of the Church's life when I can. 

My main role is as the Anglican Chaplain at Bradford University where a manage a team of Interfaith advisers to support and care for the Students, the Staff and anyone else associated with Life on Campus. In addition I co-ordinate Believing in Bradford, which is an Inter-cultural project sponsored by Bishop Toby and the Lord Mayor.

I am also chaplain to the Sea Cadets in Bradford on board the TS Aurora.


We moved into Menston in May 2019 but I was licensed to assist back in February 2018. Living in the Village means it is so much easier to join in with things and play a more active part as members of the Menston Community. We love living here and are very settled in our new home. 

In my spare time I am involved in many aspects of amateur theatre, and love cooking, gardening and walking in the lovely surrounding countryside.

Revd Andrew Howorth


David Mercer


I moved with my partner to Menston in 2019 partly to support involvement in the church to which we were both drawn by the warm welcome of the church community. I previously had a number of roles at St Oswalds, Guiseley.

I work as a lecturer in social work at Leeds Beckett. In my leisure time I enjoy reading, cooking and love history!

Discovering the walks around this lovely community of Menston has been one of the few highlights of living here.

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