About Us

Vicar   (retired January 2022)

Rev'd Canon Paul ScottThe Vicar of St Michael’s is the Rev’d Canon Paul Scott. He was married to the Rev’d Jane Wood in September 2014 and we have some photos of the occasion. He joined us in 2012 and a profile of him was featured in our local newspaper, the Northumberland Gazette. He was Area Dean of the Alnwick Deanery from 2015 to March 2018 and on 13th March 2016 he was installed as an Honorary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral.

Clergy who Officiate

Rev’d Canon Sue Allen

Before retiring to Alnwick Sue spent time in Hemel Hempstead (St Albans diocese). She worked with various partners to re-grow a church serving two of the large New Town estates. She then became Team Rector, with responsibility as well for 3 other parishes in the town and their clergy.
Sue is married to Ant, and as well as bringing up a family she was a Science Teacher in secondary schools.
Sue enjoys walking in the Northumberland countryside, and spending time keeping up with family and friends, and not least the three grandchildren.

 Rev’d Colin Perkins

Photograph of Rev'd Colin Perkins

Rev’d Colin Perkins


Originally from Finchley, North London, Colin went to London University before completing National Service and then lived in Sidcup, Kent. After ten years working in the City he received a call to ministry and went to theological college at Northwood, and was a curate in Nottingham.

He served in the Diocese of Southwell until he retired to Alnwick. He enjoys photography and most of the photos on the church website were taken by him.

Rev’d Martin Roff

Rev'd Martin Roff

Rev’d Martin Roff

Before ordination, Martin was Head of Chemistry at Rannoch School, Perthshire. He was ordained priest in Chester Cathedral and served his Title (first curacy) at St Mary’s Chester from 1970 to 1973. He was Precentor and minor canon at Blackburn Cathedral from 1973 to 1976. Simultaneously he was Priest in Charge of St John’s, Blackburn, piloting through its redundancy. He was Vicar of Longton, diocese of Blackburn from 1976 to 1981. He was Chaplain of Glenalmond College, Perthshire, from 1982 to 1983. He was Rector of Allendale with Whitfield and Ninebanks, Diocese of Newcastle from 1983 to 1992. He was Vicar of St Nicholas, Gosforth (Gosforth Parish Church) from 1992 to 1997. He became Non Stipendiary Priest at Dingwall and Strathpeffer, and Supernumerary Priest of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness from 1997 until retirement in 2007, continuing an active ministry, latterly Priest in Charge of St Ninian’s, Glenurquhart. In 2019 he and Carol (wife since 1968) moved back to Northumberland, where we have received a great welcome from worshippers at St Michaels, Alnwick.

Rev’d Canon Philip Bourne

Philip BournePhilip was born in west London and spent his childhood in Gloucestershire, where he was known locally as a pub and cinema organist as well as a Punch and Judy performer! He has degrees from Sussex, Aberdeen, Exeter and Liverpool universities, and trained for the ordained ministry in Durham. He has served the Church of England through parishes in Wakefield and Exeter dioceses, a university chaplaincy in Exeter, chaplaincies in the Netherlands and Portugal, and as Diocesan Director of Ordinands for Chichester Diocese. In his spare time he enjoys meeting with family and friends, as well as working on his amateur skills at the piano and organ.

Rev’d Robert Chavner

Robert ChavnerThe Reverend Robert Chavner TSSF is a native of Tyneside and before ordination was a professional singer. He is a Franciscan priest and has served in parishes in the Dioceses of Rochester, Chichester, Exeter and Europe.

Other Church Officers

Pat Taylor - Churchwarden

 Pat Taylor

Albert Brown - Churchwarden Emeritus

Albert Brown
Warden Emeritus

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Lorna Gilroy
Church Secretary

Photograph of John Cooke, Reader

John Cooke

A photograph of Richard Dale, Treasurer at St Michael's Church

Richard Dale

Ann Blades, Churchwarden

Anne Blades

Patricia Tweed, Deputy Warden

Pat Tweed
Deputy Warden

Rosie Buxton, PCC Secretary

Rosie Buxton
PCC Secretary

A silhouette of a female head and shouldersAnnette Playle

Photograph of Paul and Eve Jarvis, Sacristans

Paul & Eve Jarvis
Sacristans & Verger (Paul)

Retired Clergy

Rev’d Canon Dennis Winter

Photograph of Rev'd Canon Dennis Winter

Rev’d Canon Dennis Winter

Dennis was born in London. His first 9 years were confusing after his father died and his mother joined the army. He attended 6 different schools and then spent 7 years at one school – Battersea Grammar. Dennis then went to Kings College London to read Chemistry where, he got called to the ministry at the Christian Union. He spent four years in the RAF and then married his wife, Ruth. He studied at Tyndale Hall Bristol for 2 years and then had curacies in Plymouth and Maidstone. He spent 33 years as Vicar of Paddock Wood before retiring to Alnwick in 1999 to enjoy spending time in his garden. Dennis’ wife, Ruth, died in 2015 after 59 years of marriage.


 Rev’d Canon Alan Craig

Photograph of Rev'd Canon Alan Craig

Rev’d Canon Alan Craig

Alan was ordained in Lichfield Diocese and was curate in Newcastle under Lyme. He did a further curacy in Scarborough before returning to the potteries as vicar of Werrington. There he joined the prison service and was chaplain at Werrington Detention Centre, then Manchester (Strangeways) prison, then Hindley Borstal and finally to Acklington to be chaplian of the prison there and also at Castinton Young Offenders prison. He then became vicar of Longhirst and Hebron and Rural Dean of Morpeth Deanery. Alan was then made Rector of Morpeth. He was made an honorary Canon of Newcastle Cathedral in 1990. After that he became the Chaplain to the Bishop and Diocesan Director of Ordinands. From the early 1990s until 2002 whn he retired, Alan was a Chaplain to the Queen, and is now a Chaplain Emeritus. He enjoys walking in the hills and coast, and belongs to a classical guitar group. He also enjoys gardening, the Theatre, reading and being a grandparent.