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 
Retired Clergy

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 Green 
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 Johnson
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 Blakey  
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.
Nigel Ladbury


Nigel Ladbury was a Education Officer in three County Councils service for 26 years before coming to Southwell for a final seven years as Diocesan Director of Education. With his wife Margaret he is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Southwell and serves as a Reader also in this Benefice by arrangement. Interests range from steam railways through a couple of choirs, the Art Club, interesting motor cars, attempts to keep his classical languages alive, and their less than tidy but varied garden.
Benefice of West Trent
Seven Parishes One Benefice
Always a warm welcome. The seven churches in the Benefice of West Trent are traditional churches, with a strong sense of community and village life.  Seasons are a strong focus with the farming featuring in many of our villages. Each church having it’s own Parochial Church Council and character.  Many of the churches go back centuries and have interesting historic artefacts.
The Benefice of West Trent part of Southwell & Nottingham Diocese  in the Newark and Southwell Deanery 


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life.


If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Benefice or for any of the 7 parishes:
The Revd Phil White or Mrs Christine Salter


All safeguarding concerns should continue be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding team on telephone 01636 817200 during working hours.   
Email: safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org

Out of Hours for Children & Adults:
Nottinghamshire: 0300 456 4546
Nottingham City Council: 0115 876 1000
Bawtry: 01302 796 000

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The Revd Phil White                                     Paula Carlin - Administrator
Mobile: 077 200 100 66                                Tel: 07419176021
Email:   phil_07@btinternet.com                   Email: Beneficeofwesttrent@gmail.com

Safeguarding Co-ordinators:   

The Revd Phil White                                     Mrs Christine Salter

phil_07@btinternet.com                                chrissalter2000@yahoo.com



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