About Us

Vicar: The Revd. Jane Vlach

Jane Vlach

Hanging in my hall is a picture with the words "I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth." Taken from Psalm 121 it was drawn by my mother over 25 years ago during her calligraphy phase! I attach great sentimentality to that picture, not least because I'm reminded of when the words were recited to me by Jimmy, a "down and out" in Bonn Square, Oxford. I'd spent a summer working there whilst studying at Manchester University and in my spare time attached myself to a group of young people from the local church who "befriended" local homeless people. I learnt a lot that summer and the picture helps keep me grounded.

With hindsight it's involvement in projects like the above that after a long and successful career as a planning and development consultant, and a number of years living in Munich and Berlin, much to my initial surprise, contributed to my being ordained in 2011. Social justice is still important to me and today I'm involved with issues surrounding Human Trafficking on behalf of the national Church.

I served a very happy curacy at Holy Trinity and St Mary's, Guildford and became Vicar of All Saints Witley in February 2015. Witley is a wonderful place to be with great schools, pubs and much more besides. My family and I continue to feel very welcomed and blessed by the community.

I have a number of interests, but some such as sailing, riding and opera only seem to happen on an annual basis, so in between I settle for Park Runs, off-road running with my dogs, strong coffee and Art Shots (a secret passion!)

Contact me on: Email: vicar@allsaintswitley.org.uk or Tel: 01428 681867.


Curate: The Revd. Ann Fraser

Revd. Ann Fraser

Ann has been in the parish since 2001, first as Reader and now as an Ordained Local Minister, which means she is an Assistant Curate for Witley and will stay at Witley.

Ann and her husband, Richard, moved here from Thames Ditton from the house where they had raised their 6 children.

Ann trained as a nurse and worked at the Home of Compassion – a Nursing Home in Thames Ditton, for many years and then became a Trustee there until it closed a few years ago. She also worked for the local health authority in Family Planning.

Ann spent a number of happy years in the Guide Movement as Guider and Commissioner and in the Trefoil Guild. In 1995 she became President of the Mothers Union for Guildford Diocese for 6 years and followed that with 6 years as a General Trustee for the Mothers Union. This world-wide position was a challenging and exciting time giving Ann a wide vision of the needs and cares in the world, while being concerned at All Saints with local and parish needs.

Ann is mainly involved in pastoral and educational matters in the parish. She is a Governor of Chandler School and leads assemblies there and at Witley Infant School.

For relaxation Ann enjoys spending time with her large family, including eleven grandchildren.

Team

We have an excellent team at All Saints.

The centre of all that happens is the Office where Penny Osborn our Parish Administrator can be found every morning except Monday from 10 – 1.30pm. Penny has a nursing background, a husband, two teenagers and a dog, so she is the fount of all knowledge. Penny will be able to answer questions about forthcoming events, occasional offices, magazine advertising and much more, just call in to the office in the Vicarage when she’s there, ring 01428-681872 or email allsaints.witley@btinternet.com

Along with the clergy (Ann Fraser), we have elected senior lay people who serve as churchwardens: Philip Parrott and Elizabeth Gibbs.

The governing body of the church is called the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and comprises of the following elected members: Richard Bacon, David Burrows, Elvie Carpenter, Anne Chant (Secretary), Tony Chant, Sally Crathern, Richard Fraser, Janet Ingram, Jennifer Knight, Philip Lewis, Brenda Rounce, and Austin Torrington.

Assisting the clergy with their ministry are our Pastoral Assistants: Jane Swift, Joy Cheatle, Elizabeth Gibbs, Valerie Herring, and Pauline Yates.

We have a team of Occasional preachers who preach 4 or 5 times every year and bring added insights and understanding to the worship and teaching of the church. They are Richard Bacon, David Burrows, Elizabeth Gibbs, Ruth Gill and Phil Lewis.

The Young Saints leaders, Choir, Bellringers, Little Saints leaders, church cleaners, flower arrangers and all those who assist in the services week by week are also an important part of the team which keeps All Saints Church serving the community.