Who's Who

Revd Iain Osborne

I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to join you as your new Rector.  I believe God has called me to your town and your church; and I am just as sure He has called you, too - from your baptism onwards - and I look forward to hearing your stories.  I believe we are in for an exciting journey as He leads us on, step by step, to tell and show the Kingdom of God in your town and villages.  Whom God calls, He equips.

 

I come to you from Oakham in Rutland, where I have been curate since 2017.  Before ordination I worked for over twenty years as an economist, trying to get a better deal for consumers in various sectors – phones and internet, power and gas, water, sewers and airports.  Lately, I was increasingly focused on leadership and management of change.  But, in my 40s, I concluded that God wanted me to do something quite different, so I went back to college to study theology at Ridley Hall in Cambridge.  I’m married to Susan, who is a psychotherapist and artist.  However, Susan and I both did our first degrees in literature – English and French, respectively - and we would probably own up to “bookish”!  We are both Mancunians by birth, but we’ve lived in London, Paris, Brussels and Belfast; but, mainly, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire.  Our eldest child, William, is a computer scientist; he finishes university this summer and will be starting a job in London.  While our daughter Mary will start her second year at Cambridge University in October, studying sociology and anthropology.  What else?  I like to make things (embroidery, pottery), to grow things in the garden, and to cook.  We have two Westies and a grumpy old cat.

 

None of which really tells you what I’m like!  You’ll have to see… I’ll be with you from the summer, and I so much looking forward to getting to know you, one-by-one.  In the meantime, I send my best wishes. and prayers for fortitude and patience through these strange times.

 

Iain Osborne

New Rector of the United Benefice of Ramseys and Upwood

Fred was Rector of Milton then Team Rector of Ely before retiring and moving to Somersham ten years ago. He is now Rural Dean and on the councils of 2 theological colleges. In addition to helping in the Somersham benefice, we have the pleasure of Fred's support in our benefice. So much for retirement!  Along with his wife Val, he enjoys walking and holidays in their camper van.

Daniela Osborne - Operations Manager

Daniela's role is to enable delivery of the Changing Market Towns project (in Ramsey & Chatteris) by offering a support role in monitoring, reporting and managing the resources allocated to the Project, reporting to the Bishop’s Change Officer for Market Towns. Assisting the clergy, Parochial Church Councils and congregations with essential administrative and financial functions to enable culture change and church growth. Recording church service figures and collection/giving amounts as well as positive impact stories. As part of the Changing Market Towns Project, the next five years will see the Diocese of Ely investing £4.36 million into the region’s market towns. The idea is that this funding will enable the Diocese to transform its engagement with Fenland town communities in the North of the region, increasing congregations and developing ‘fresh expressions’ of church (i.e. new outreach ideas). Therefore, if the project is successful, the town should see an increase in service attendance and giving amount. 

Daniela is passionate about her two beautiful daughters, Jessie and Abigail and her menagerie of animals! 

Operations Manager for Ramsey and Chatteris Parish Churches

Leo Ororbor - Community Mission Worker

Leo is our Community Mission Worker. He is blazing the way for mission and outreach in Ramsey. He has launched the fresh expression church service Wednesday Night Live #wnl series. He manages our Foodbank and Foodbank Drop-in which runs twice a week meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in Ramsey. Leo is passionate about sports, especially football, he leads a non - league football team called Corinthians FT which provides a a safe place for young people to go and be offered support with anger management, self-confidence and self-esteem. He is a husband to the beautiful Ully and father to two gorgeous girls, Anneka and Gabrielle.   

Community Mission Worker

Vicki worked in biomedicine for pharmaceutical companies, the NHS and University College London. Her research focus was malaria and opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDS. As International Project Manager, she developed various discoveries, including her own, into marketed medicines. Later she coordinated R&D for UCL and NHS Trusts in NC London, introducing compliance with the EU Clinical Trials Directive. When retired, she trained as a Reader (CoE), (Licensed Lay Minister in Ely Diocese). She is licensed to The Ramseys & Upwood and Hinchingbrooke Hospital. In the Hospital she has a particular calling to support mothers who lose their babies. In the Parishes she is keen to help people grow in their discipleship. For relaxation she sings and gardens.

Val was a Team Vicar in Ely before moving to Somersham. As well as helping in the Somersham benefice, we are delighted Val continues to use all her giftings with us. Within the Diocese she is also a Spiritual Director, Mothers’ Union Chaplain and a member of the Spirituality Advisory Group.  Along with her husband Fred, she enjoys walking and holidays in their camper van!

Shân Oswald

I am Shân Oswald and I have been church warden for three years. Sometimes it feels like a full time job as I am sure Glennis would agree. There are two of us and we seem to be responsible for everything in church including the building. Over the last three years there have been lots of changes to the building - new kitchen: new disabled access: Wi-Fi in church : more efficient heating system: new sound system: new carpet upto the altar and in toddler area. When I am not occupied with church I am an active member of the choir and I have weekly singing lessons to try and improve my voice.  My family lives in the area and I have three sons and four grandchildren and a daft dog. My work involves me supporting school improvement in the East of England.

Church Warden

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