Pastoral Team

Teme Valley South Churches’ Pastoral Team


Set up by the PCC and with members selected by local Church Committees members have received training and are accountable to the PCC


“Pastoral care” comes from the idea that God is like a shepherd – only better! Just as a shepherd cares for their sheep, so God cares for us.The Christian belief is that we are all (church goers or not) made in God’s image. We are all created to care and be cared for.However those who have signed up to a belief in a caring God have a greater responsibility to care.


The Pastoral Care Team has been formed so that the Churches in these villages can show the care that we believe God has for everyone.


So it’s not the Teams job to do all the caring, in the same way that it’s not the vicar’s to do all the caring. The Team is there to help us all to care for each other and it’s a clergy role to help the team to work effectively.

There will be times when Team members are involved in what is more obviously pastoral care – visiting and the like. And there will be times when Team members work with others to help create that care which is the responsibility of us all.

An example of this is the Neighbours Lunches. Jessica, a team member, has worked with others to bring about the Neighbours Lunches in Kyre. Ann and Jenny, more team members, have worked with others to make it happen in Rochford.

Another example is that the Team have produced “Welcome to Village” folders for people moving in.Please let the Team know of newcomers – the Team can’t know everything. Pastoral care depends on our all taking part.

The Team is not there to be a bunch of holier than thou busybodies sticking their oar in where it’s not wanted. It’s made up of Peter Thorneycroft, Ann Prosser, Jenny Barbe, Lesley Dean, Jessica Middleton and me. We’re here to help the Church as a whole make sure there is pastoral care in these villages.Please support us by your prayers, by letting the team know what’s happening and by engaging with the Team’s activities.


Jenny Barbe (Tel: 01584 781298) - Rochford

I was born and brought up in Rochford, spending a happy childhood along with my brother Michael at Parsonage Farm.  My parents John & Jean Wilding lived at the farm all their married lives – some 45 years and my grand parents before that.  I went to school at Tenbury and on leaving school worked as a Secretary for an Agricultural Feed Supplier.  In 1987 I left Rochford when I married Andrew Barbe, a local lad from Stanford Bridge.  We lived near Market Drayton in North Shropshire.  Andrew worked at Walford Agricultural College and I worked as a Special Support Assistant at Whitchurch Infants School.  On the unexpected death of my father, and my mum’s ill health we came back to live at Parsonage Farm in 2001.  Andrew has a full time job and we both work on our small livestock farm.

I was asked if I would be part of the Pastoral Care Team for Teme Valley South along with Ann Prosser the other member of our team from Rochford.  I hope I can be of help to anyone who needs support in our community.  If you need support or know of anyone else who needs help please do not hesitate to get in touch. Tel: 01584 781298.




Ann Prosser (Tel: 01584 781317) - Rochford

I was born on my parents farm at Wolferlow, but moved to Rochford in 1975 with husband Rob and children Emma nearly 6 and Edward 18months after living in London for 12 years.

Sadly Rob died in 1994, it was after this I started my small baking and catering business( Ann`s Kitchen). I am semi retired now only doing some catering and village events. I am very happy to live in Rochford  and to help in any way I can







Lesley Dean (Tel: 01886 853295) - Stanford

I was born in Wiltshire then moved to my father’s home area in Derbyshire when very small.  I was an only child and we lived in the country.   I attended junior school in Derbyshire.     Then my father‘s work took us to Sao Paulo, Brazil, so I attended a senior school in Sao Paulo.   I also spent some time at school in Switzerland, then returned to Sao Paulo and worked as a secretary for a short time.

Five of my girl friends and I wanted to see England, so we travelled to England on a ship together.   We found a flat and lived in London.   It was there I met Robin, and we were married in Wiltshire, at Castle Combe church where I had been baptised.

We have lived at Rectory Cottage, Stanford Bridge all our married lives.   Our two daughters, Emeline and Cecilia, were born in Worcester.   We spent  a few years in the 1980s and 90s, living the expatriate life in Bahrain.   I have worked as a dinner lady at Lindridge Primary School, a secretary and also as an Avon lady locally, where I met lots of lovely people!   My parents moved to Knighton-on-Teme in the 1980s and I returned from Bahrain to help my mother when my father was terminally ill.   Robin came back two years later.   Sadly my mother developed Altzheimer’s disease and I had to stay home to look after her until she died nearly two years ago.

Robin recently retired and we are having fun reorganising our home and ourselves for retirement.  I hope that I can bring some of my experiences to help others, should they need help, but I am happy to visit anyone who would like to see a (hopefully) cheery face!


Helen Maltravers - Eastham

I moved from Somerset to Rochford 21 years ago with my husband and three daughters. We then moved to Eardiston then Eastham. We have been at Eastham for 8 years now. We also added three more children (2 girls and one boy) to the family. We also have four grandchildren. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family close by and dear friends.

I try to be involved in the community as much as I can. In my pastoral role, I hope that I will be able to listen and support anyone that needs it.



Jessica Middleton (Tel: 01885 41028) - Stoke Bliss and Kyre

I grew up just north of Ludlow where my family farmed. Most of my schooling was at the Convent in Acton Burnell. I trained as a nurse at St Thomas' hospital and after qualifying travelled around the world nursing in Australia with a short break as a jilleroo [female cowboy]. I returned to England and St Thomas to run the heart team in theatre and it was at this I met and married my wonderful husband Frank. We moved from Kent to Kyre in 2000 as this has always been home to me and our children followed I think that says it all about this beautiful part of England and those who live here. have two daughters, both married now have six grandchildren all living close by. My husband died in 2007 and I now continue to work as a Garden Designer which I trained after I retired from nursing in 1992.
I been involved the community since we moved here and have now been asked to be part of the Pastoral Team along with the members from all our Parishes. I hope that I can help anyone needing support in our community. If you know need or know anyone who needs help please do not hesitate to get in touch




Peter Thorneycroft (Tel: 01885 410484) - The Hanleys

I am married to Margie and we have four children and four grandchildren .I have been involved with The Local Church in various capacities since we arrived at Hanley Childe in 1974, being a member of a former Pastoral Visiting Team and working with children including running a Sunday School in the 1990s whose members presented short plays in church. At that time I also supported The Rector in a number of summer holiday trips to Wales and London. For a number of years I have worked in a voluntary capacity as an advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.