HELP is at hand for the busy clergy who look after the six churches of the Ashbourne Group.
The Vicar of Ashbourne, the Rev Canon Geraldine Pond and her Curate, the Rev Mike Doyle are to be joined on a part time basis by the Rev Pip Short as a non-stipendiary associate priest.
Mrs Short, who lives at Tutbury will be licensed by the Archdeacon of Derby, the Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe, at St Oswald’s parish church, Ashbourne on Sunday February 28 during the 10.30am service.
Mrs Short is mother of Mr Chris Short, one of the churchwardens at St Oswald’s.
She originates from Chilwell, Notts and after attending Long Eaton Grammar School went to King’s College, University of London where she read English and did a diploma in Theology.
In 1963 she married her husband Terry who was ordained at Ripon, his ministry taking them to Leeds for four years, followed by 17 years in the Southwell Diocese in three different parishes.
After six years at Etwall and Egginton, Mr Short took early retirement on health grounds and died six years later.
During this time Mrs Short had her own career as a secondary school teacher, ultimately becoming head of a large comprehensive in the City of Nottingham.
She took early retirement at the same time as her husband to give her more time to care for him, opening her own consultancy and training business, working in schools and local authorities across the country.
Having already helped her husband in his parishes, being a Reader in her own right, Mrs Short took services wherever needed and was frequently with the Parwich group.
In 1995 she became Chaplain at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and 14 years on is returning to parish life to help in the Ashbourne group of churches which is made up of St Oswald’s, St John’s Ashbourne, St Mary’s Mappleton, Holy Trinity Clifton, St Mary’s and St Barlok’s Norbury and St Peter’s Snelston.
Other helpers within the group are retired clergy the Rev Canon Edmund Urquhart, the Rev Prebendary Derek Tinsley and Readers Kevin Stone, John Wilkinson, Mike Warner and Dorothy Tinsley.
Mrs Short’s close companion is her black labrador Betsy and her interests are painting and writing. She also enjoys entertaining friends, gardening, the theatre, music, crafts and pilates.