Meet Our Staff

Rev Ian Meredith

Vicar / Priest-in-charge

I have been our Vicar since March 2013.  I was born and brought up in Paisley in Scotland, but I am on my ‘second tour of duty’ in England, having lived in Middlesex and Hertfordshire for 20 years.

While working in a psychiatric hospital in my late teens, I came to personal faith in Christ and very within a few years sensed a calling to ministry.  I attended London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and pastored various free churches before becoming an Anglican in 2000. I describe my theology as somewhere between ‘open evangelical’ to ‘middle-of the road’ with slightly high-church leanings – quite an eclectic mix, which probably reflects were St Mary’s is also at in theology and worship.

Further training at Kings College, University of London was followed by a post-graduate degree in pastoral theology at Edinburgh; and my doctorate in Irish migration and the Scottish Episcopal Church was awarded by the University of Durham in 2007.

I was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, as Deacon at St John’s, Dumfries in 2002 and a year later was ordained Priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. My ministry in the Anglican Church has included being Associate Minister of St John’s, Dumfries; Assistant Priest in the Annandale Group of Churches; and latterly as Team Rector of the South Ayrshire Team (Ayr, Maybole and Girvan).

I describe myself as a bit of a ‘general practitioner’ in ministry rather than a specialist, but I have a passion for developing spirituality, alternative worship, Christian formation, discipleship, and mission.

Having spent short periods in India and Ghana has given me a sense of the world-wide church, and I am involved in the Portsmouth Diocese two days per month on the Fareham and Gosport Deaneries joint Education Group, setting up training for local churches. I am  also a Chaplain in the Sea Cadet Corps.

My hobbies and interests include family and local history, music and reading, world travel, and places of interest.

Trevor Hubble

Honorary Assistant Priest

Hazel Powlesland

Church Warden
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I have been part of St Mary’s more years than I can think of, and vicars too.

As many of you know I have been Church Warden before but each vicar has their own way of working. I like Ian’s ideas for St Mary’s and hope I can support him through our growth.

My life has changed in major ways over the last few years with many more opportunities to be involved in the church life and freedom from the constraints of teaching and the work linked to that.

  • 2011 I retired early from teaching and then filled my life with the Church Tea Room each Monday afternoon and volunteer driving for the Voluntary Care Drivers scheme.
  • 2012 Became more involved in the tea room “working” all day and volunteering on a Tuesday for Portchester Community Association.
  • 2103 Sadly my mother in law died followed a long illness but I realised that I had more time to myself.
  • 2014 What a year 2014 has been for me – 2 grandsons (Connor born in January and Barry born in May) and becoming Church Warden. I am honoured that the congregation of St Mary’s have faith in me to do this job and I want to serve as best I can.

Tony Fuller

Church Warden

Jan Fuller

Treasurer

Nell Wycherley

Reader

With permission from the Bishop to Officiate as Reader I am active in lay ministry as a part of the ministry team at St. Mary’s Church, serving in the life of the church and community. The role involves preaching, teaching, meeting with the bereaved and officiating at funerals. I am also a part of a team assisting at school assemblies.

I am a part of a team which runs the local Portchester Stroke Club, a voluntary organisation and registered charity affiliated to the Stroke Association. We meet weekly, with mutual support as patients, carers and helpers. We provide social therapy: encouragement and stimulation with quizzes, visiting entertainers and other light-hearted activities including a monthly outing for lunch.

As a Bed and Breakfast proprietor I offer hospitality to visitors.

I continue to sing as a recitalist from time to time and will do so in a song recital accompanied on the piano by Eunice Pike. This takes place at St. Mary’s Church, Portchester in a series of summer lunch time recitals.

Wendy Pyatt

Parish Administrator
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My role as Parish Administrator means I am involved in most aspects of church life, everything from hymn sheets, booking weddings to invoices and you may even see me singing in the choir.

I have lived in Portchester since 2006 and started attending St. Mary’s in 2011. In the past I’ve helped in the tea shop, been a Pastoral Assistant and helped with children’s activities. I also currently manage the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I enjoy singing, hand bell ringing, photography and watching AFC Portchester.