Barrie and Sylvia Shield
Sylvia was born and educated in Newcastle Upon Tyne and at the age of 16 she took up office and clerical work at a pharmaceutical factory. Barrie was born and raised in Gateshead and educated at Washington. At 18 years of age he started work at ICI as a laboratory assistant. They met at a dance hall in Newcastle in 1958 and were married in 1961.
In 1963 they moved south to Coventry where Barrie joined the Police Force. Over the next 30 years of Barrie's police service, whilst raising a daughter Wendy and son Steven, Sylvia continued to pursue here career in office management.
In the late 1980s, Sylvia achieved a lifetime ambition by completeing a three year course in floristry and opening her own shop in Kenilworth. It was during this period that much of their leisure time was spent on their narrowboat.
In 1998 they moved from Coventry to Thurlaston and it was at this time that physical injuries forced Sylvia to retire from floristry and they were also sadly unable to continue their pastime on the canals. They attended St Edmund's regularly and in 2008, when they moved to Rugby, they began attending St Peter's in Dunchurch where they are very active. Barrie is a deputy churchwarden and both are members of the PCC.
Bob and Sandy Fricker
Hi, we are Bob & Sandy Fricker. We have 4 children from our previous marriages and have 7 grandchildren ranging from 6 to 20 years old. We were married in 1998 and are active members of St Peter’s.
Bob was born in Devon and educated at
Bob was an altar boy and chorister in his home church in
Together we work on the annual ‘Holiday at Home’ event and St Peter’s contribution to the village fete. We are both members of the pastoral care team which
We love our church life and being able to worship God at St Peter’s with such a friendly family.
Chris and Julia Sarson
We came to Dunchurch in 1985, but it is only in the last 10 years that we have become part of St Peter’s after our daughter married here. Chris is now joint churchwarden, manages the St Peter’s website and is treasurer of Holiday at Home, while Julia is a bellringer, member of the Social Team, purchaser of church provisions and a member of
Chris was born and brought up in the Wirral (perhaps the accent is less obvious now, but the love of Liverpool FC remains), while Julia was born in Chris switched to the Inland Revenue as an Inspector of Taxes (well someone has to) and later took over Rugby Tax office in 1985 which brought us to the area. Julia resumed full time teaching and taught geography at We have two children, Tim who is now with KPMG accountants in We enjoy travel, good food, allotment and garden (Chris), cooking (Julia) and being with our grandchildren.
Chris switched to the Inland Revenue as an Inspector of Taxes (well someone has to) and later took over Rugby Tax office in 1985 which brought us to the area. Julia resumed full time teaching and taught geography at
We have two children, Tim who is now with KPMG accountants in
We enjoy travel, good food, allotment and garden (Chris), cooking (Julia) and being with our grandchildren.
Mike and Freda Bennett
Hello, we are Mike and Freda Bennett and we met through our joint interest in bellringing:Mike at Kislingbury and Freda at Roade, both in Northamptonshire. Therefore, we met in church!
Mike’s family moved to the area in November 1960 and he tried ringing at several local churches, before deciding that Dunchurch was for him. His dad and sister were both in the choir at St. Peter’s for many years. We were married at Roade in October 1963 and set up home in
Mike worked for Bluemel Bros. at Wolston for several years before moving to Jaguar Cars from where he retired in 2002. Freda taught at several local schools and became Head Teacher at
Our joint interests include: of course, bellringing. Mike is currently Tower Captain at St. Peter’s and is a committee member of the Rugby District and also the Coventry Guild of Church Bellringers. Freda used to be firstly, Guild Committee member, followed by District Chairman, then Secretary and is now editor of the Coventry Guild newsletter. Mike has been ringing at Dunchurch for 50 years, Freda only 47! We were both delighted with the support received for the building of the lowered Ringing Floor, completed this year, it is wonderful! We both love visiting other churches across the country wherever we go, not only for the ringing but also for the privilege of seeing so many varied places of worship. We have a canal narrowboat, which we love to use, when our family and other commitments allow.
Mike’s interests include his motorcycles and he is a member of the Vintage Motorcycle Club and the Velocette Owners’ Club. He also enjoys Railway history and William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Freda is a member of the local WI History Group and was instrumental in producing the WI Dunchurch History booklet ‘A Glimpse into the Past’ and also the ‘Walk Around’ leaflet for St. Peter’s. She also loves walking across the beautiful Warwickshire countryside with a small group of friends, and latterly this includes a coffee stop at the end!
Both of us have been PCC members at various times and at present, Mike is very involved with organising the churchyard mowing and all that it entails and Freda has helped with the annual ‘Holiday at Home’ week since it began here in Dunchurch.
Karen and Richard Gregory
We are Karen and Richard Gregory and we got married at St Peter’s in November 2009. In the months running up to our wedding we got to know regulars in the congregation who we found very friendly. Since then we have continued to attend and Karen is now a PCC member and Richard is the handy tall man, good for fetching, carrying and reaching duties!
We moved to Rugby in 2003 to start new jobs, having previously lived and worked in Scarborough which is where we met. Karen is a Biomedical Scientist in the Pathology Laboratory at Birmingham City Hospital and Richard is a Power Electronics Engineer in Rugeley, previously in Daventry. Both of us have to commute on the train daily and Richard is a very amusing sight on his bright red folding bike cycling to the station.
Richard has some rather quirky hobbies which are probably related to being a child of the 1970’s growing up in Sheffield. He is restoring a 1974 Sheffield double-decker bus although will not say when it will be finished. He has restored numerous 1970’s colour TV’s....many of which now clutter up the house much to Karen’s annoyance. There is also a 1973 Ford Cortina which needs attention, having been off the road for nearly 10 years.
Whilst living in Scarborough, we discovered a love of folk music and now attend as many folk festivals and concerts around the country as time and finances will allow (to listen, not take part!).
We plan to stay in Rugby for the foreseeable future but it’s Karen’s ambition to live back at the seaside again one day. We’ll probably have to wait for retirement first though!