The Reverend Gary Hughes, Assistant Curate [
A very warm welcome to you all at St Anne's, it is great to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I shall be arriving at St Anne's with the family; Heather my wife of 22 years, children Laura 14, Adam 12 and William who is 6 - along with our three chickens.
I grew up in Kirkby so I am moving back towards familiar territory and prior to moving to Warrington I lived in Fairfield. Yes, no more than half a mile away! Heather is from further afield, Blyth Northumberland, home of the Blyth Spartans who are just above the mighty Warrington Town in the lower leagues, Warrington Town has provided a great opportunity for me go to watch local football with Adam in lieu of watching Liverpool at Anfield. They do a mean pie and Bovril at the Cantilever Stadium.
I visited St Anne's last year and was amazed at the depth of work going on within the church and in the community. I have known Lou for two years and now Russell as we are training together so I have been hearing the continued good things that have been going on, which has really excited me and I look forward to getting involved in the church activities.
I will be leaving my parish of St Margaret and all Hallows behind as I come and join you in Liverpool. St Margaret's has been instrumental in my faith journey and route to ordination, having attended for 15 years I shall miss the congregation and worship, however, I am drawn to St Anne's with its great worship space, especially the Lady chapel and choir.
Outside of church I work in IT and have been with the Co-op for 12 years and when not in church or work I have numerous hobbies and pass-times, most notable are my interests in HAM radio and Scouts.
I am a fully qualified HAM radio operator with the call sign M0 WJD, with a bit of persuasion we could get a great station going for churches on the air CHOTA! (Subtle hint for Emma, Google it).
Radio is a great Scouting activity and gets scouts together annually for Jamboree on the Air, I have been an assistant section leader for 2 years with the 1/14th Warrington Scout group. As well as playing radio and electronics with the scouts I have water running through me, both fresh and salty as I have been out on the water kayaking with a Scout active support unit and Sailing on the Mersey with the Scouts through the Guillemot Trust.
I look forward to seeing you all in the summer, my thoughts, prayers and Gods blessings are with you all until then.