Revd Dr Shirley Danby

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Having moved to Cricklade in 1976, I've been worshipping in Upper Thames for many years with my husband Brian. My background was in teaching physics and chemistry and yes, I do think that the Christian faith and science go very well together.

I'd been involved at St Sampson's with family services, helped start up Informal Worship and been part of our Power-to-Change social action group. When looking to become a Lay Minister I was very surprised to find God was calling me to ordained ministry and I was ordained deacon in Bristol Cathedral in 2009 and priested in 2010. I served my curacy (NSM) in Upper Thames, and during some of that time I was trusted with oversight of Ashton Keynes, a privilege which taught me much. Since then, I have been involved in the churches and communities of Ashton Keynes and Leigh as well as Cricklade where I live. I'm also a Foundation Governor at Ashton Keynes C of E Junior School and led a deanery trip as part of our Uganda Link with Kigezi Diocese.

Things I love are being part of an inclusive church which welcomes people of all ages, spending time in school, hearing children ask searching questions, seeing the amazing things God does in people and in the world, spending time with our family (3 grown up daughters and 4 young grandchildren), singing & listening to classical music and walking, often with our rescue dogs Bobby and Lyra.