Ministry Team

The Revd Christopher Scargill, Vicar

Christopher Scargill (01253) 725551

Kath Asquith, Churchwarden

Kath Asquith (01253) 367768

Joy Swarbrick, Churchwarden

Joy Swarbrick (01253) 723966

Elizabeth O'Connor, Licensed Reader

Elizabeth grew up in Guiseley, Yorkshire. She studied law at University College London, then The College of Law, Chester. She has worked in Rochdale and New Brighton, where she commenced Lay Reader training and keep fit classes, which she still enjoys, together with gardening.

In 1989 Elizabeth joined St Thomas's after becoming Principal Solicitor at Fylde Council. Licensed as a Reader in 1991, she has been Deanery Secretary of Readers, served on Deanery Synod, was a founding trustee of the Philippi Trust and a Lay Chaplain at Victoria Hospital. At St Thomas's she leads the regular service of prayer for healing.

Elizabeth became Legal Services Manager at Wyre Council until 2011, since working as a locum solicitor and caring for her mother in Yorkshire.

Peter Watson, Licensed Reader

Peter, originally from Cheshire, came to faith at the age of 12 through reading the Gospel of Luke. He gained a degree in Education and Theology at Leeds in 1974. After teaching in Leeds, Dunstable and Edenbridge, Peter, with his wife and their two sons, moved to St Annes in 1989. Peter joined Fylde Borough Council in 1991 as the assistant manager of their Training Centre. He was licensed as a Reader in 1999. Peter retired from Fylde Borough in 2014, where his final job was in Customer Service. He now devotes much of his time to his family, St Thomas' Church, Lytham Hall and Fleetwood Museum.

Peter Watson (01253) 729725

Debbie Wood, Licensed Reader

Debbie Wood is married with two grown up children.

Debbie was originally a professional dancer and dance teacher and later an interior designer. She now uses her counselling accreditation and pastoral skills, both within the church and the community, including work as a long standing member of the chaplaincy team, firstly at Blackburn Royal Hospital and now at Blackpool Victoria.

Debbie enjoys life on the coast, taking in the sea air, especially on walks with her dog Polly. She enjoys Pilates and runs on the beach. Debbie wants everybody to know that St Thomas's is a warm and welcoming church and from the start she was made to feel at home.

Debbie Wood (01253) 726536

The Revd Helen Hornby, Assistant Priest

Helen is delighted to be back in St Anne's where she met her late husband and brought up their three children, now all grown up.

She taught Latin and Greek for twenty years at Queen Mary School before being ordained in 2002, serving her title in Burnley and then moving to a Blackpool ministry.

Officially retired, she still cares deeply about communicating God's generous love and unreserved forgiveness.

Helen Hornby