A letter from our new Vicar, December 2016

Our new vicar, Revd Frances Trickey writes.

Dear Members of St Andrew’s,

First, thank you. Thank you for your prayers and all the hard work that went into making sure the interview process went smoothly and was a positive experience for each of the candidates involved.

When Bishop Andrew kindly rang to offer me the post, I was amazed and excited, and those feelings have not left me. When we visited St Andrew’s my husband, Jolyon, and I were struck in particular by two things: the warmth of your welcome and the fantastic refurbishment of the church building. I think these two things are related and are evidence of God at work, which is the most thrilling thing.  It will be wonderful to join you and find out where God wants to take us together for the sake of His Kingdom.

Here are a few facts about me:

For the past seven years I have lived in Nailsea, a town six miles south of Bristol, where I am the Associate Minister in a parish of two churches. Before ordination I had a fulfilling career as a secondary-school teacher and this finds expression now in my passion for teaching, preaching and helping people grow as disciples, which I do across all the local Anglican churches here. 

I married Jolyon 33 years ago when he was a barrister in the City. He has now been a Church of England priest for 26 years, including 14 as rector of a parish near Godalming. His church family in Nailsea has been informed that they will lose their Rector as he will move with me to Oxshott.

We have two married children: our son, Joshua, is married to Joanna, and our daughter, Abigail, is married to William. All are in their mid-late twenties.

Please pray for all the members of our three churches here in Nailsea and for us as we prepare to move.  We will continue to pray for you too, as Mary-Beth leaves and some continue to shoulder significant burdens in the Vacancy.

God bless you,


Frances’ husband, Jolyon, writes in his announcement to his parish:

This is an amazing opportunity; the offer to Frances is humbling, unexpected and deeply affirming of her ministry and calling. The Lord has clearly thrown open this door – my reading for the day of interview included Revelation 3:7-8: ‘What he opens, no-one can shut, what he closes, no-one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no-one can shut.’

I will therefore tender my resignation as Rector of Holy Trinity and Trendlewood, and walk with Frances through this open door, trusting the Lord for my own unknown future…