Church of England

St Mary’s Anglican congregation is a church community following Christ.




The Church of England Ministry Team

Our Anglican ministry team currently comprises:

  • Our Vicar is the Revd Philip Cochrane who is also the Area Dean and Chair of St Mary’s Primary School’s Governing Body (Full time, normal day off is Friday)
  • A part-time self-supporting associate priest, the Revd Canon Jeff West, who co-ordinates our Weddings.
  • A part-time self-supporting associate priest,  Revd Dr Louise Adey Huish, who is also a Hospice Chaplain.
  • A licensed lay minister, Roger Verrall, who leads our pastoral care team and co-ordinates our funeral ministry.

The team are assisted by two retired colleagues, the Revd Canon John Whitwell and the Revd Stella Fairbairn, who, although not licensed to the parish, belong to the Anglican congregation and have permission to officiate.

Vision, values and ethos

The Parochial Church Council senses that we are at a bit of a crossroads. The Diocese of Oxford is developing a Common Vision, the challenges and opportunities in Banbury itself, the revitalised relationship with our Primary School and a new Vicar meant this was a good time to take stock.

What does it mean to be a Christ-like church?  What does it mean to be contemplative, compassionate and courageous church in Banbury today?  How do we steward an historic building in such a way that it is not a burden but a viable and sustainable asset for the church and the town?

We want to enable everyone to hear the gospel message in a language which they can understand and experience it in a way which is relevant to them.

Watch this space for more developments in 2018!