First Curates


The first Curate at St Anne's was the Revd. John Wareing Bardsley, BA (Deaconed 1859, Priested 1860), who later appointed Bishop of Sodor and Man (1887) and Carlisle (1892).

The second Curate was the Revd. Thomas Alexander Livesey, LTh (Deaconed 1859, Priested 1860), who lived at 22, Northenden Road. He moved later to St Paul's, Sale, becoming Perpetual Curate (Vicar), 1884 to 1887.



Honorary Canons

The following later become Honorary Canons:

Revd. Donald Marr
Curate, 1966 to 1967
Honorary Canon, Chester Cathedral, 1991 to 1992

Revd. John Higgins
Curate, 1966 to 1969
Honorary Canon, Carlisle Cathedral, 1996 to 2000 

Revd. John Sutton
Vicar, 1988 to 1996
Honorary Canon, Chester Cathedral, 2003 to Date


Revd. John Wareing Bardsley, BA, 1859 to 1861 (Later Bishop of Sodor and Man; then Carlisle)
Revd. Thomas Alexander Livesey, LTh, 1876 to 1883
Revd. John Patchett Cort, 1881 to 1884 (later Vicar)
Revd. Godfrey Dillon, 1885
Revd. William Watkins Jones, 1886 to 1888
Revd. John Arthur Legh, 1888 to 1892
Revd. James William Chaplin-Wilkinson (formerly Chaplin), 1892 to 1896
Revd. Roger Mills Drury, 1898 to 1899
Revd. Archibald Ball, MA, 1900 to 1908
Revd. Francis James McCormick, MA, 1908 to 1910
Revd. Vivian Mason Pooley, BA, 1910 to 1912
Revd. Henry Herbert Hurst, 1912 to 1916
No Curates 1917 to 1931
Revd. Sidney Burroughs Warburton, 1934 to 1937 (later Vicar)
Revd. Gordon Niblock, LTh, 1938 to 1940
Revd. Cyril Alford Croote Stoneman, MA, 1937 (or 1938) to 1940
Revd. James Stanley Leather, 1941 to 1944
Revd. Gerard Veerman, Mus.Doc., 1945 to 1946
Revd. Charles Derrick Mack, BA, 1958 to 1963
Revd. Gilbert Clayton Walmsley, MA, 1963 to 1966
Revd. Donald Radley Marr, 1966 to 1967
Revd. Frank Brown
Revd. John Leslie Higgins, MEd, BA, 1966 to 1969
Revd. Alan Gibson, MSc, BSc, 1974 to 1977
Revd. James Charles William Nolan, 1979 to 1983
Revd. Raymond Stephen David Rossiter, MBE, 1976 to 1990 (NSM); 1991 to date (Hon. Assistant Curate)
Revd. Richard Mark Salenius, BD, AKC, 1984 to 1987
Revd. William John Baker, 1989 to 1993
Revd. Richard Arthur Dickson, BSc(Econ), BA, 1993 to 1996
Revd. Andrew James Mannings, DCM, 1993 to 1996
Right Revd. William Alaha Pwaisiho, 1997 to 1999
Revd. Martin Brian Cox, 2000 to 2005
Revd. Olwyn Eileen Marlow, 2005 - date (NSM) 
Revd. Norman Hayton, 2005 - 2011 (NSM)
Revd. Janet E Parker, 2007 - 2010
Revd. Grant Cohen, 2011 - ***
Revd. Tracy Ward, 2016 - 2018
Revd. David Murray, 2020 - 


Revd. John Wareing Bardsley, BA
(later Bishop of Sodar and Man, and then Carlisle)

Trinity College, Dublin, BA (1859), MA (1865), DD (1887)
Deaconed 1859, Priested 1860

Curate, Sale, Cheshire, 1859 to 1860
Curate, St Luke’s, Liverpool, 1860 to 1861
Secretary, Islington Protestant Institute, 1861 to 1864
Perpetual Curate, St John’s, Bootle, 1864 to 1871
Perpetual Curate, St Saviour’s, Liverpool, 1971 to 1887
Domestic Chaplain to Bishop of Liverpool; Archdeacon of Warrington, 1880 to 1886
Domestic Chaplain to Archdeacon of Liverpool, 1886 to 1887
Bishop of Sodor and Man, 1887 to 1892
Bishop of Carlisle, 1892 to 1905

Born 29 March 1835, eldest son of Canon James Bardsley, at that time curate of Brierley near Bradford. Graduate of Trinity College Dublin and ordained Priest in 1860, Curate at St Anne’s Sale, 1859 to 1861, then spent remaining years at a number of Liverpool/Bootle Churches (St Luke’s, St John’s Bootle, St Saviour’s) - decidedly evangelical and keen on establishing parochial organisations. Whilst at Bootle married Mary Powell by whom he had five children. Appointed Archdeacon of Liverpool in January 1887 - consecrated Bishop of Sodor and Man in August 1887.

Keen on open-air preaching at Douglas Head. Was highly respected by the Methodists on the Island, he once invited all non-conformist ministers to spend a day with him at Bishopscourt. He was also a total abstainer and acted as chairman at various temperance meetings.

The change in the tithe system meant he found Bishopscourt difficult to maintain - he also believed that as Douglas was the rapidly developing capital he should spend more time there, leaving Bishopscourt as a theological college - he transferred the theological college from King William’s College to Bishopscourt in 1889 naming it the Bishop Wilson Theological College.

His health was not good and although popular with clergy and people he was criticised for being off Island too much. He was translated to Carlisle in December 1891, probably through the influence of his brother-in-law Francis Powell MP for Wigan. Died in September 1904, aged 69; buried at Roughtonhead near Carlisle.


Revd. Thomas Alexander Livesey, LTh

University College, Durham, LTh, 1859 (Licentiate in Theology)
Deaconed 1859, Priested 1860.

Prior to his time in Sale, he was Curate at:

St George's, Barnsley, Yorkshire
Worthen, Shropshire
St Luke's, Haliwell, Lancashire
St Thomas', Pendleton (1874 to 1876).

He was at High School, Stony Knoll, Broughton, Manchester (1868 to 1874).

By 1881, he was a Curate at St Anne's, Sale, but by 1883/4 he was in charge of St Paul's, Sale; becoming Perpetual Curate (Vicar), 1884 to 1887 (he was succeeded at St Paul's by the Revd. W.E. Chadwick, 1887 to 1903).

In the 1881 Census the following details are recorded:

Dwelling: 22, Northenden Rd.
Census Place: Sale, Cheshire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341840, PRO Ref RG11, Piece 3506, Folio 118, Page 31

Thomas Allexr. LIVESEY M 49 M Penwortham, Lancashire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Curate of Sale (Clergyman)

Ann Agnes LIVESEY M 47 F Rentham, York, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Clergymans Wife

Alice Cort LIVESEY U 24 F Rentham, York, England
Rel: Dau
Occ: Clergymans Dau

Clara E. LIVESEY U 21 F Durham, Durham, England
Rel: Dau
Occ: Clergymans Dau

John Cort LIVESEY U 17 M Worthen, Shropshire, England - See 'Note', below
Rel: Son
Occ: Student

Charles H.C. LIVESEY U 15 M Broughten, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Student

Mary Jane KELSALL U 19 F Timperley, Cheshire, England
Rel: Servant
Occ: Gen Serv

In the 'Crockfords Clerical Directory' there is a Revd. John Cort Livesey who went to Owens College, Manchester (as did the Revd. J.P. Cort) and who was Curate of Wortham, 1901 to 1903 (as was the Revd. Thomas Alexander Livesey, his father). This poses the question, 'Were the Cort and Livesey families related?'.


Revd. John Patchett Cort

Deacon, 1879; Priest, 1890
Senior Curate, St Philip's, Sheffield, 1878 to 1881

Appointed Curate at St Anne’s in 1881 and appointed Vicar on the death of the Revd. J.J Cort (his father).  See 'Incumbents' for more details. 

A letter sent to the Trustees, 15 Oct. 1884 notes:

“Dear Sir-
By the death of our esteemed vicar The Rev JJ Cort we have sustained a very severe loss and feel it will be a great difficulty to fill the vacancy. You will be aware the Mr JP Cort his son has for nearly 3 years been acting as curate and for a considerable portion of the time fulfilling the entire duties to the general satisfaction of the congregation. Knowing the difficulty of making such an appointment and feeling sure that you would like to consult the wishes of the congregation we have ventured respectfully to make known to you that it is almost the unanimous desire of the seat holders that Mr JP Cort should be appointed vicar providing such appointment commends itself to your judgement
We are Sirs
Yours faithfully
W Mills
W Armstrong Wardens”.

In the 1881 Census the following details are recorded:

Dwelling: 40 Oxford St
Census Place: Nether Hallam, York, England
Source: FHL Film 1342116, PRO Ref RG11, Piece 4621, Folio 77, Page 39

John Patchett CORT U 24 M Sale, Cheshire, England
Rel: Lodger (Head)
Occ: Clerk in Holy Orders, Curate of St Philip’s


Revd. Godfrey Dillon

Deacon, 1877; Priest, 1879

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1885 (£150 per annum)
Curate, St George's, Hobart, Tasmania, 1885


Revd. William Watkins Jones

Deacon, 1882; Priest, 1883

Curate, Rishton, Lancashire, 1882 to 1886
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1886 to 1888 (Lived at 24, Victoria Drive, Sale)

Revd. John Arthur Legh

Deacon, 1888; Priest, 1892

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1888 to 1892.


Revd. James William Chaplin-Wilkinson (formerly Chaplin)

Deacon, 1889; Priest, 1890

Curate, St Michael, Hulme, 1889 to 1892
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1892 to 1896


Revd. Roger Mills Drury

Deacon, 1894; Priest, 1896

Curate, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, 1894 to 1898
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1898 to 1899
Curate, St Nicholas, Warwick, 1899 to 1900.  


Revd. Archibald Ball, MA

Deacon, 1897; Priest, 1898

Curate, Axminster, Devon, 1897 to 1900
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1900 to 1908
Curate, St George's, Stockport, 1908 to -


At St. Anne’s Schools, Sale, on Wednesday night, the Rev. A. Ball, formerly curate, who has left on appointment to the curacy-in-charge of St. Saviour’s Mission Church, Great Moor, Stockport, was presented in the presence of a large gathering with a cheque for £80 19s. on behalf of the congregation and a handsome study roll-to desk - with chair - subscribed for by the members of the St. Anne’s Christian Brotherhood. Mr. Ball had been curate of St. Anne’s for a period of seven and a half years, and the gifts were in recognition of his eminent services.


The presentations were made by The Rev. J. P. Cort (vicar), who said his duty was not altogether one of unmixed pleasure. They were present to give to their friend, Mr. Ball, some token of their appreciation of his services, and it was always a pleasure to see anyone’s services fitly and fairly recognized; but there was also another side, one which they did not like to contemplate - they were losing Mr. Ball. He was about to enter on a wider and, they did not doubt, a more useful sphere of work. Why Mr. Ball was leaving them it was not for him to say; but he could assure them no one was more surprised than was he when he unfortunately received his resignation some three months ago. Personally, he much regretted his departure, for one could not part with an old colleague, with whom one had worked amicably for so long without a feeling of regret. (Hear, hear.) He knew perfectly well that Mr. Ball would be missed by a great many - (hear, hear) - not only by members of the brotherhood, to many of whom he had been deeply attached, but also by numerous friends outside. (Applause.) He hoped Mr Ball would ever be able to look back with delight upon his lengthy connection with that parish. (Hear, hear, and applause.) Of course his great work had been in connection with the brotherhood. Mr. Ball was the starter of that society, and it had been no light achievement on his part to keep together over one hundred men Sunday after Sunday - (hear, hear, and applause) - to have their esteem and regard, and to bind them closely together. They would miss him as a friend and a counsellor - miss his plain, homely talks. But he felt the work Mr. Ball had done had been laid on a firm and solid foundation, and that what had begun would continue long to exert an influence for good (applause). The members of the congregation were also greatly grieved at Mr Ball’s departure. It had been their pleasure to attend his ministry and to listen to his sermons, which had been distinguished by ripened scholarship as well as with the experience of one who knew their feelings and their failings. Those present on Sunday evening last would perhaps not soon forget the practical words he addressed to them from the pulpit, though there was some little regret that there was not any reference to the fact that it was a kind of farewell sermon. (Applause.) He should like to take this opportunity of tendering to Mr. Ball his sincere and warm thanks for all his work in the parish - in the church and out of it. (Applause.) He had always found him a willing colleague, ready to carry out what he asked him to do and to labour for the good of all. (Loud and prolonged applause.) On behalf of the members of the congregation he had great pleasure in asking him to accept from them as a token of esteem, regard, and affection a cheque for £80 19s. (Loud applause.) He had no doubt that as Mr. Ball spent this money he would have in remembrance his friends of St. Anne’s.

Mr. W. W. Harrison, the hon. secretary of the St. Anne’s Christian Brotherhood, then requested Mr. Cort to present to Mr. Ball, on behalf of the brotherhood, the gift they had subscribed to. They were all deeply grieved to lose their valuable friend Mr. Ball. (Hear, hear, and applause.) No doubt the majority of them knew Mr. Ball was the founder of that class. A period of nearly eight years seemed to him but two or three weeks. When Mr. Ball came to Sale there was a young men’s class belonging to the Sunday school, which had twenty-five to thirty members. Mr. Wrighton was the teacher then. Mr. Wrighton introduced Mr. Ball to the members, and seeing such a fine class of young men Mr. Ball thought he would like to run a brotherhood in connection with the church. Five or six of the members of the class who were a certain age were taken to start the brotherhood. He thought they started with not more than eight members. At first they used to gather in the front pews, just in front of the chancel, and Mr. Ball addressed them from the chancel steps, but the class rapidly grew, and then Mr. Ball was obliged to go into the pulpit. During the years he had been amongst them Mr. Ball had seen a lot of changes. He had seen some of the members depart from this life; he thought they had lost in that way about ten members. They were now gathered together with Mr. Ball for the last time, and they had thought it was as little as they could do to present their friend with a gift testifying to their appreciation of the way he had ministered to them. (Applause). His sermons had been simple and the youngest child could understand every word he said. (Applause.) During his long stay in Sale he knew Mr. Ball had not had very good health; he was, however, now going to a more bracing district, and they hoped he would have better health. (Applause.) They hoped also he would not forget the old boys of St. Anne’s Christian Brotherhood - (applause) - that every time he used the desk he would have for them a kindly thought. (Loud applause.)

The Rev. J. P. Cort then asked Mr. Ball’s acceptance of the brotherhood’s gift. If Mr. Ball would take it into his arms he would try to lift it. (Laughter.) He read the inscription on the desk, the wording of which was: - “Presented to the Rev. A. Ball, M.A., first president and founder of the St. Anne’s Christian Brotherhood, Sale, by the members thereof. February 26th, 1908.”


The Rev. A. Ball, in replying, said he would first of all speak in reference to his friends of the brotherhood. It was with mixed feelings he stood before them - feelings of pleasure and regret; very great pleasure indeed in accepting this magnificent piece of furniture as a testimonial of their kindness, and of regret that the hours they had spent so happily together were at last coming to an end. When he opened this desk to prepare some of his sermons it might take off some of the keenness of the sentences, that they might be tinted with kindness, because of the thought and remembrance of the kindness they had shown him. This was an hour which he had dreaded. He felt he was striking the camp he had set in Sale, which he would call a nice shady spot, and now when the evening had come and the stars were appearing he had taken his departure. He was very happy to be at the brotherhood’s birth, he had seen it grow into adolescence, and now he hoped it had reached a healthy adult stage. It was a very unruly child. (Laughter.) No one had any conception of the time he had. (Laughter.) Things were brought forward which had to be squashed and then there was a real Irish night for about five or ten minutes. (laughter.) But they parted good friends. Well, they had grown from the beginning, and he thought it was time he left them to walk alone. (“No.”) Whatever faults he had had he attributed to himself; for any success he had had with them God Almighty. He hoped the effects of their union would be far reaching, and not only far reaching, but really permanent. (Applause.) If God had given him influence he hoped he had used it to the best of his ability. It was his greatest consolation to think that he was handing over this magnificent vessel so well manned and equipped to the pilot who might be appointed to succeed him. Of course they had had adverse critics. He had seen classes rise and fall, and had not they had people pointing the finger at them. Yet they had gone on and had put their shoulders together. He would say this in parting counsel, they would have to faces gales, but a ship could stand a gale which was from the outside, though it could never ride safely with a weak plank in its structure. (Hear, hear, and applause.) Therefore, if there was one amongst them who had not the brotherhood’s welfare at heart that was a weak spot - (hear, hear) - and they should try to remedy it. He had always aimed to make this class the spinal column of the Church; because where went the father the child must go. He had endeavoured to make their Sabbath afternoons, not only afternoons of education but of great spiritual delight. He desired to thank all who had assisted the brotherhood, socially and financially; and now it had come for him to pull up the roots as it were, and transfer them to another sphere. He hoped their kind thoughts would be with him, when he was gone, and he hoped they would be just the same as they were before his face. He had formed many generous friendships, which would be links in a chain which would never be snapped, because he felt that a true friendship was a part of the indivisible unity of God’s love. He had now to write the last line in the history of seven and a half happy years, and the last line would be one of the most sincere thanks. When they opened the volume he hoped they should all be together in the great brotherhood of God. (Loud and prolonged applause.) And now he had to thank the ladies and gentlemen of the congregation for their kindness. Nothing that he had done had deserved such kindness. Parsons were always poor - (laughter) - they had a constant cry that they were in debt, and he was sure that money, which was the root of all evil, they tried to get hold of and take from them (Laughter.) They did not know how many years, as it were, a man had to live in a few weeks when, as in his instance, he had to gather together the fruit trees of his experience and transplant them to another sphere. He knew his sermons had sometimes been roughly handled, but he did not think a man would be really honest if he did not thrash out his subject, in spite of consequences, so long as he knew it was true and part of his message. At one time he was convicted of preaching sermons without depth. Well, he was not a Harmsworth’s Encyclopaedia, but he had thought that if he was sent to feed sheep he was not sent to feed giraffes. (Laughter and applause.) He felt kindly towards his critics, but whoever was his successor he would say, deal kindly with him, stand by him, because he comes a perfect stranger. He didn’t know whether his successor was appointed, but if he hadn’t any shortcomings he must be an angel. (Laughter.) If he was a bachelor like himself let them remember he had many lonely hours. (Laughter.) He might, indeed, have to beguile those hours with business friends - let not that be a means of separating him from them. He had found many good friends, and he hoped there would always be such kindly faces. He was going to a place called Great Moor, Stockport. This appointment came to him at the end of December, and for it he had to thank Canon Gore, of Bowdon, and the Bishop of the diocese. (Loud applause.) He was following a line of very clever predecessors, and he hoped he would be able to reach the standard which had been set for him. At any rate he should do his best. He thanked the Secretary of the brotherhood for his kind thought regarding his health. He hoped the place would suit him, but more than that he hoped he would suit the place. And in saying good-bye to them, and with grateful thanks he would say that for whatever faults he had had he was truly sorry. He had not come up to the standard he had set for himself, and he was absolutely certain he had not reached the standard they had set for him. But if powers Divine did behold their work, as he believed they did, then there would come a time when ‘Innocence would make False accusation blush’.

With that thought he would go forth, and would ask them to extend the kindness they had shown to him permanently to his successor. Might God bless their efforts. (Loud and sustained applause.)

There was a most enjoyable smoking concert, and to the programme contributed Mr. A. W. Pratt (piano), Mr. C. Stasey (club exercises), Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Wilkins (’cello), Mr. Pendrigh, Mr. Whalley, Mr. J. Harrison (humorist), Mr. W. W. Harrison (Lancashire reading), and Mr. J. Still (gramophone selection).

A vote of thanks was passed to the entertainers on the motion of Mr. Radcliffe, seconded by Mr. Dutton: and the singing of “For he’s a jolly good fellow” terminated the proceedings.


Revd. Francis James McCormick, MA

Deacon, 1904; Priest, 1905

Ossory, Tuam, 1904 to 1908
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1908 to 1910
Rector, Ardcarne, Ireland, 1910 -

Frank McCormick was formerly a Senior Curate of Tuam Cathedral and was appointed Curate at £180 per annum from Friday May 1st 1908.


Revd. Vivian Mason Pooley, BA

Deacon, 1903; Priest, 1906

Assistant Master, Merchant Taylor School, Crosby, 1902 to 1906
Curate, Holy Trinity, Formby, Liverpool, 1903 to 1906
Curate, Holy Trinity, Chester, 1906 to 1910
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1910 to 1912
Curate, St Mark's, New Ferry, 1912 -


Revd. Henry Herbert Hurst

Deacon, 1907; Priest, 1908

Curate, Flint, 1907 to 1910
Curate, St John, Dunkinfield, 1910 to 1912
Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1912 to 1916 (£180 per annum)
Temporary Chaplain to the Forces, St Asaph, 1916 to 1921


No Curates, 1917 to 1931

During the Incumbencies of the Revds. Scorer and James.


Revd. Sidney Burroughs Warburton

Deacon, 1930; Priest, 1931

Curate, Parr, 1930 to 1934
Acting Curate, St Anne's, Sale, 1934 to 1937.

He became Acting Assistant Curate in 1934 (Crockfords), commencing his duties on the 23rd April. He was welcomed as the new Vicar at the PCC on 30th April 1937.  The accounts for the years ending 31 December 1935 and 1936 show expenses of £260 per annum.

See ‘Incumbents’ for further details.


Revd. Gordon Niblock, LTh

Deacon, 1938; Priest, 1939

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1938 to 1940 (Whilst in Sale, he lived at Kenwood, Selworth Avenue, Sale.)
Curate in Charge, Lymm, 1940 to 1943


Revd. Cyril Alford Croote Stoneman, MA

Deacon, 1928; Priest, 1929

Curate (sometimes referred to as Acting Curate), St Anne, Sale, 1937 (or 1938) to 1940 (Whilst in Sale, he lived at 5, Trinity Avenue, Sale.)
Curate in Charge, Holy Trinity, Chester, 1940 to 1942


Revd. James Stanley Leather

Deacon, 1932; Priest, 1933

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1941 to 1944
Vicar, St Thomas, Hyde, 1944 to -


Revd. Gerard Veerman, Mus.Doc.

Deacon, 1912; Priest, 1915

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1945 to 1946 (Whilst a Curate, he lived in Timperley)


Revd. Charles Derrick Mack, BA

Deacon, 1958; Priest, 1959

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1958 to 1963 (Whilst a Curate, he lived at 12, Trinity Road, Sale)
Vicar, Bredbury, 1963 to 1972


Revd. Gilbert Clayton Walmsley, MA

Deacon, 1928; Priest, 1929

Curate, St Anne, Sale, 1963 to 1966 (Whilst a Curate, he lived at 99, Old Hall Road, Sale, and later at 23, Irlam Road, Sale).


Revd. Donald Radley Marr

Born, 1937

King's College, London, 1957
St Aidan's, Birkenhead, 1961; Deacon, 1964; Priest, 1965

Curate, St Michael's, Macclesfield, Chester, 1964 to 1966
Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1966 to 1967
Vicar, Marthall, 1967 to 1972
Curate, St Bridget, West Kirby, 1972 to 1976
Rector, Waverton, 1976 to 1983
Rector, Nantwich, 1983 to 1987
Rural Dean, Nantwich, 1986 to 1987
Rural Dean, Malpas, 1987 to 1991
Vicar, Bunbury, 1987 to 1991
Honorary Canon, Chester Cathedral, 1991 to 1992
Diocesan Rural Officer, From 1991
Retired, 1991
Permission to Officiate, Truro, From 1994


Revd. Frank Brown

Lived at 12, Trinity Road, Sale


Revd. John Leslie Higgins, MEd, BA

Born, 1943

Open University BA, 1979
University of Central England in Birmingham, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), 1975
Birmingham University, MEd, 1989

Lichfield Theological College, 1964
Deacon, 1966; Priest, 1967

Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1966 to 1969
Curate, St Mark, Bredbury, 1969 to 1972
Vicar, Wharton, 1972 to 1974
Honorary Curate, Annan, Glasgow, 1975 to 1979
Honorary Curate, Lockerbie, 1975 to 1979
Vicar, Christ Church, Coseley, Lichfield, 1979 to 1989
Rector, Arthuret, Carlisle, 1989 to 1996
Social Responsibility Officer and Child Protection Coordinator, 1996 to 2000
Curate, Brampton and Farlam and Castle Carrock with Cumrew, 1996 to 2000
Honorary Canon, Carlisle Cathedral, 1996 to 2000
Retired, 2000
Honorary Curate, Annan, From 2000
Permission to Officiate, Carlisle, From 2001


Revd. Alan Gibson, MSc, BSc

Born, 1935

Birmingham University, BSc, 1956
Manchester University, MSc, 1972
North West Ordination Course, 1971
Deacon, 1974; Priest, 1975

Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1974 to 1977
Vicar, St Michael's, Runcorn, 1977 to 1982
Education Advisor, Carlisle, 1982 to 1988
Priest in Charge, Hugill, 1982 to 1988
Vicar, Grange over Sands, 1988 to 1997
Retired, 1997
Permission to Officiate, 2001 to date (Derby)

Ordained Deacon at Chester Cathedral. He lived at 14 Peel Grove Sale and was a Chemistry Lecturer at Didsbury College of Education. He held the degrees of BSc Honours (Chemistry, Birmingham University) and MSc (History of Science, (Manchester University). Married to Margaret, a Teacher in the Remedial Class at Cherry Manor School, Ashton-on-Mersey, they had a son (Peter) and a daughter (Patricia). He studied part-time on a three-year theological course with the North West Ordination Course (Manchester Cathedral).


Revd. James Charles William Nolan

Born, 1944

Chichester Theological College, 1975
Deacon 1977; Priest, 1978

Curate, St Andrew's, Crewe, 1977 to 1979
Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1979 to 1983
Rector, Holme Runcton with South Runcton and Wallington, Ely, From 1983
Vicar, Tottenhill with Wormegay, From 1983
Rector, Watlington, From 1983 (Updated: 2012)


Revd. Raymond Stephen David Rossiter, MBE 

Born, 1922
MBE, 1999

St Deniol's College, Hawarden, 1975
Deacon, 1975; Priest, 1976

Non-Stipendiary Minister, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1976 to 1990
Permission to Officiate, From 1990
Retired, 1991
Honorary Assistant Curate, 1991 to date


Revd. Richard Mark Salenius, BD, AKC

Born, 1957

King's College London, BD, AKC, 1979
Lincoln Theological College, 1979
Deacon, 1980, Priest, 1981

Curate, St Marylebone with Holy Trinity, London, 1980 to 1984
Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, Chester, 1984 to 1987
Vicar, St John's, Macclesfield, 1987 to 1996
Vicar, Brightlingsea, Chelmsford, From 1996

From "The Spire", August 1987:

In parish life one of the many things any congregation has to get used to is the comings and goings of clergy as they move to pastures new. The time has now come, all too soon, for us to say goodbye to the Salenius Family - Fr. Richard, Sue, and their children - Gemma, Felicity and Matthew. Fr. Richard has been appointed Vicar of St. John's, Macclesfield, and the Induction will be on Monday 7th September at 7.30pm.

During his time with us, Fr. Richard has made a great contribution and a deep impression on the life of our parish, and at St. Francis' in particular. This has been most evident in his conscientious parish visiting, and there will be many people who are grateful for his ministry, especially the sick and the bereaved, to whom he has brought sensitivity, gentleness, and support. Fr. Richard has been very involved with young people, especially the Youth Clubs and also in the training of young people for Confirmation. Together with his charge of St. Francis' and his general involvement in the day to day activities of the whole parish, Fr. Richard has given us much in love and service.

The Salenius's final Sunday with us will be 6th September, when Fr. Richard will celebrate and preach at 10.00am Family Eucharist at St. Francis'. Afterwards, starting at 11.30am, there will be refreshments at St. Francis' and an opportunity for the whole parish to say thank you to them.

We assure Fr. Richard, Sue and the children of our love and prayers as they begin this new adventure in their lives, and thank them most sincerely for all that they have meant and will continue to mean to us.


Revd. William John Baker

Born, 1945

Fellow, Chartered Insurance Institute, 1980
Cranmer Hall, Durham 1987
Deacon, 1989; Priest, 1990

Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1989 to 1993
Vicar, St Andrew with St John, Crewe, 1993 to date
Priest in charge, Christ Church, Crewe, 2007 to date
Rural Dean, Nantwich, 2006 to -


Revd. Richard Arthur Dickson, BSc(Econ), BA

Born, 1967

London School of Economics, BSc(Econ), 1988
Ripon College, Cuddeston, BA, 1992
Deacon, 1993; Priest, 1994

Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1993 to 1996
Sweden, 1996 to -


Revd. Andrew James Mannings, DCM

Born, 1952

Trent Park College of Education, CertEd, 1973
St John's College, Nottingham, Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM), 1992
Deacon, 1992; Priest, 1994

Curate, St Chad, Over, 1992 to 1993
Curate, St Anne with St Francis, Sale, 1993 to 1996
Curate, Timperley 1996 to 1998
Priest in charge, St John, Egrement, 1998 to 2004
Priest in charge, Liscard St Mary with St Columbia, 2004 to 2004
Vicar, Liscard Resurrection, 2004 to date
Rural Dean, Wallasey, 2002 to 2007


Right Revd. William Alaha Pwaisiho

Born, 1948

Bishop Patteson Theological College (Solomon Islands), 1971
Deacon, 1974; Priest, 1975; Consecrated, 1981

Solomon Islands, 1974 to 1976
New Zealand 1978 to 1979
Solomon Islands, 1979 to 1995
Dean, Honiara, 1980 to 1981
Bishop, Malaita, 1981 to 1989
Curate, Sale, St Anne, 1997 to 1999
Assistant Bishop, Chester, 1997 to date
Rector, Gawsworth, 1999 to date

Bishop Willie, and his wife Kate (with their three youngest children), came to St. Anne's with St Francis' in 1997, as Assistant Curate and Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chester.  His licensing service took place at St. Anne's Church on 29th September 1997 (the Feast of St Michael and All Angels), by the Bishop of Chester (the Right Revd. Dr. Peter Forster).

The hymns were:

Thy hand, 0 God, has guided
Love Divine, all loves excelling
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
Brother, let me be your servant

Psalm 91
First lesson, Genesis 28: 10-17
Second lesson, John 1: 43-end

Mrs. Kate Pwaisiho was welcomed to the Mothers' Union Branch.

He left in June 1999, after 22 months, to become Rector of Gawsworth.
Institution, by the Bishop of Chester (Revd. Dr. Peter Robert Forster), and Induction, by the Archdeacon of Macclesfield (Ven. Richard John Gillings), 15th June 1999.  For further details, see 'Melanesia'.


Revd. Martin Brian Cox

Ordained Deacon 6th July 2003, at Chester Cathedral
Ordained Priest 19th June 2004, at Chester Cathedral

Curate, St Anne, Sale with St Francis', Sale Moor (2003 to 2005) (Commenced 'mixed-mode' training at Nottingham, 2001) 
Vicar, St John the Evangelist, Sandiway (27 September 2005): Probably the first occasion on which three Incumbents of St Anne with St Francis' - past and present - had attended the same Service (the Revds. Sutton, Foster and Heaton).
Priest-in-Charge, St Laurence Parish Church, Chorley, Lancashire - Diocese of Blackburn (20 June 2010): Licensing by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn
Rector, 2011


Revd. Olwyn Eileen Marlow (Nee Sibbald)

Born, 1957

Lincoln Theological College, 1987 (2 yrs pre-theological training on Aston Training Scheme)
Deacon, 1989; Priest, 1994

Parish Deacon, St Martin, Wythenshawe (Manchester), 1989 to 1993
Parish Deacon, Baguley, 1993 to 1994; Curate, 1993 to 1994
Assistant Chaplain, Central Manchester Healthcare Hospital Trust, 1995 to 2000 (Manchester Royal Infirmary)
NSM, Newall Green, Mcr, 1997 to 1998
Retired, 2001
NSN, Wythenshawe, Mcr, 2001 to 2005
NSM, St Anne, Sale with St Francis', Sale Moor, 23 October 2005 to date


Revd. Norman Joseph Patrick Hayton

Born, 1932

MRICS, 1957

Sarum Theological College, 1969
Deacon, 1971
Priest, 1972
Curate, St Cuthbert's, Lytham, 1971 to 1974 (Blackburn)
Vicar, Wesham, 1974 to 1979
Vicar, St George, Chorley, 1979 to 1980
NSM, Kells, 1984 to 1985 (Carlisle)
Priest in charge, Flimby, 1985 to 1990
Vicar, St James', Barrow, 1990 to 1994
Team Vicar, Egremont and Haile, 1994 to 1997
Priest in charge, Distington, 1997 to 2000
Retired, 2000 
Priest in charge, Charnock Richard, 2001 to 2005 (Blackburn)
NSM, St Anne, Sale with St Francis', Sale Moor, 2005 to 2011
PtO, Chester, 2005 to 2013
PtO, Derby, 2011 to 2013
PtO, Leics, 2013 to ---


Revd. Janet E Parker

Deacon, 1 July 2007, Chester
Priest, 2008, Chester

Janet has six brothers and sisters.  Married to Dennis, they have two children.

Reader, Church of England, St Leonard Walton-le-Dale, Preston, 1993 to 2005
Reader, Episcopal Church of USA at Church of the Ascension, Munich, Germany, 2000 to 2005
Cranmer Hall, Durham, 2005 to 2007
Curate, St Anne, Sale with St Francis', Sale Moor (2007 to 2010)
Vicar, St Thomas, High Lane, 2010 to -
Rural Dean, Chadwick Deanery, 2012 -


Revd Grant Geoffrey Cohen

Regents Th Coll, BA, 2008
Ridley Hall, Cam, 2009
Deacon, July 2011, Chester
Priest, 2012

Curate, Sale, St Anne, 2011 to 2014
Team Vicar, Sanderstead, Southwark, 2014 to date 


Revd Tracy Ward



Revd David Murray