Who is who in the Benefice
The Benefice of West Trent is lead by the Reverend Phil White. He is supported by Retired Canon Reverend Bridget Smith and our four Lay Readers Elizabeth Blakey, Angela Green, Jane Johnson and Nigel Ladbury.
Phil White is based at the Vicarage in Thurgarton and can often be seen walking with his golden retriever "Leonard".
Revd Phil White
Vicar in Charge of
Benefice of West Trent
Phil has been the vicar in the Benefice since 2015. He moved from the parish of St James, Scarborough in the Diocese of York. Phil is married to Veronica. He has children, step children and is a grandfather of two. Phil can often be seen around the parishes with his golden retriever Leonard.
Canon Revd Bridget Smith
Bridget is married and has two adult daughters. After teaching, she was ordained deacon in 1991 and priest in 1994 at Peterborough Cathedral.
She has worshipped in the West Trent Benefice since 2009 and she enjoys Keep Fit, crochet and oil painting.
Angela is married to Granville and has two children. Angela is a retired Florist and a creative lady and enjoys meeting and sharing the bible and life with people in and around the parishes.
Jane was born and brought up in rural Staffordshire. She trained in medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital in London and then specialised in pathology, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and President of the British Society for Clinical Cytology. She retired in 2005. Jane was a Churchwarden at St Peter and St Paul’s, Upton for 14 years being called to Reader ministry in 2002. She is married to Ian, in their retirement they enjoy travelling, gardening for the kitchen as well as pleasure and reading both modern novels and books on historical topics.
Elizabeth trained as a Reader in the Diocese of Ripon & Leeds in North Yorkshire. She moved to Rolleston in 2003. Elizabeth is widowed and is a mother and grandmother.
She is a retired teacher and enjoy various hobbies and activities in the village.