Parish of Dunchurch with Thurlaston

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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 Exeter School, following which he went to Manchester where he gained a BSc in engineering.  He started an apprenticeship with Metropolitan Vickers in 1959 and was finally taken on as a designer in the steam turbine division of AEI in 1963, moving to Rugby in 1971.  He travelled extensively for the company in both Europe and the Far East and after a number of positions in the engineering department he retired in 1999 as Engineering Manager of Alstom Turbines UK.  Bob’s current interests are classic cars, photography, gardening, tropical fish and DIY.  In younger days his passion was for ballroom dancing, motorcycles and hockey.

Sandy was born in South Shields but moved to Islington, London in her first year.  After leaving school she had a number of interesting jobs in London before moving to Daventry in 1972. There she worked for an electroplating company, a hotel and as a doctor’s receptionist before finally joining MetoKote UK, which mainly prepares car body parts for painting.  After a serious illness she retired from her position as Payroll Administrator for the company in 2007.  Sandy’s interests are cooking, flower arranging and tai chi.  In her younger days she was an athlete and a swimmer, competing for London Schools in 1959.

Bob was an altar boy and chorister in his home church in Devon and has worshipped at St Peter’s since 1981.  He was a PCC member for 21 years and is currently the joint churchwarden and Faculty Secretary.  Bob gets involved in many of the church building and maintenance issues and was responsible for the design of the kitchen, common room and vestry and was also involved in a number of major projects including the re-roofing of the tower, provision of new churchyard gates and the lovely new lowered ringing room.

Sandy was a deputy churchwarden at St Peter’s for 5 years and now manages the church rotas and service schedules.  She is also a member of the flower arranging team.

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 Sandy now co-ordinates.  We enjoy our regular Fellowship Group meetings.  We also carry out the administration for weddings and assist in the marriage preparation for couples marrying in the parish.

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 churchwarden, manages the St Peter’s website and is treasurer of Holiday at Home, while Julia is an ex bellringer, member of the Social Team, purchaser of church provisions and a member of Holiday at Home.    



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 Plymouth but moved to Kenilworth at the age of 8. We met at Durham University where we both studied Geography – meeting on the second evening and then sitting next to each other in lectures for 3 years. We married shortly after graduation when Julia was taking her qualifications to become a secondary school teacher. Chris joined the civil service fast stream in London. We subsequently lived in Watford, Wokingham, Reading, Ravenshead (Nr Mansfield) and Hook (Hants) before ending this nomadic life with the move to Dunchurch.

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 Kings High School, Warwick for 17 years before ending her career with the Independent Schools Careers Organisation as an adviser. Chris was promoted to the Senior Civil Service from Rugby and worked in Large Business Offices in Glasgow and Birmingham before spending his final 8 years as Assistant Director of Human Resources for Inland Revenue (and later HMRC).

 We have two children, Tim who is now with KPMG accountants in London and Jane who is a dentist in Coventry. We have four grandchildren, James, Lucy, Ellie and Verity.

 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 Rugby.  Since that time we have been regular members of the congregation at St. Peter’s and both of our children were baptised and confirmed here.  We now have three grandchildren.

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 Brinklow School.

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!  









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