The Revd Canon Richard Hancock, TSSF
Richard is married to Kate who is a teacher at Semley CofE School, near Shaftsbury. They have two boys, Alex 23, who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and is beginning his career in Musical Theatre, and Ben 20, having changed his career as a chef, he is now studying for a BA in Drama at UWE Bristol.
Prior to his ordination in 1997 Richard studied Photography at Berkshire College of Art and Design and then worked as a Freelance Professional Photographer. He lived in the Taizé Community in France while testing his vocation, then spent two years as a Full-Time Youth and Children’s Officer in the Riverside Team Ministry in the Oxford Diocese. He trained for ministry at both Lincoln Theological College, then after its closure at Westcott House, Cambridge. He served his curacy in the urban parish of St Peter’s Didcot, but rural ministry has always been his passion. After his curacy he become Vicar of the Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice in Southwest Oxfordshire, consisting of seven rural parishes where he served for eighteen years. He also served as an Officiating Chaplain to the Military [OCM] at the Defence Academy Shrivenham.
In the past three years Richard has been Priest in Charge of the Handley Benefice and Rural Field Officer for Dorset working as part of the Rural Hope Team a four-year Salisbury Diocesan project sponsored by the national church.
His hobbies include photography, attending eccentric vintage events, cooking, and he is a fan of real Ale. Recently Richard has qualified as a Scout Leader and has been part of 1st Woodcutts, based in Handley. He’s a self-confessed petrol head attending track days in his Caterham 7 and has achieved a 9 min 46 second lap time around the Nürburgring, though recently he has swapped his Caterham for a more sedate MX5, which Kate enjoys.
Richard has a passion for life, people and God’s Mission and is looking forward to taking up this new challenge and working alongside people as the new Rector of Spire Hill Benefice and Rural Mission Enabler, helping to build the rural church and community life.
June 19 – First Sunday after Trinity Stalbridge 10am Morning Worship
June 23 – Thursday Stalbridge 10am Holy Communion
June 26 – Second Sunday after Trinity Stock Gaylard 8am Holy Communion. Stourton Caundle 11am Mattins
June 29 – Licensing of The Rector of our Benefice Stalbridge 7pm Followed by refreshments
July 3 – Third Sunday after Trinity Stalbridge 10am Holy Communion
July 10 – Fourth Sunday after Trinity Stourton Caundle 11am Holy Communion. Stalbridge 4pm Evensong
July 17 – Fifth Sunday after Trinity Stalbridge 10am Morning Worship
July 24 – Sixth Sunday after Trinity Stock Gaylard 8am Holy Communion. Stourton Caundle 11am Mattins
July 28 – Thursday Stalbridge 10am Holy Communion
July 31 – Seventh Sunday after Trinity Purse Caundle 11am Benefice Service
Rector Canon Richard Hancock 01 963 363 367 - Day off Mondays email@example.com
LLM Judy Waite 01 963 362 945
Churchwarden Stuart Waite 01 963 362 945
Churchwarden Derek Bollen 01 963 362 771