Who are we?

Philippa Skinner

I have had a varied life so far, studying history at Southampton University, then moving on to a nursing qualification at Westminster Hospital and, fairly rapidly, to motherhood. I still remember the midwife in the delivery suite telling me I was a waste of NHS money!

After several years at home, I trained and worked in a pre-school group before attempting to make good my previous drain on NHS resources by doing a ?Return to Nursing? course. After a year valiantly trying to convince myself I might enjoy it if I gave it just a little longer, I left, had a good, long think, and then retrained as an ESOL teacher (English as a second Language). Six happy and challenging years followed before I changed course yet again to retrain as a counsellor. So that?s what I call myself now, though I'm lots of other things too.

Other interests include walking, bird watching (enjoyably if not particularly knowledgeably), reading a wide variety of books though almost never science fiction, sharing meals and spending time with the people I love most.

  • RSPB: Burton Mere Wetlands
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    Graeme Skinner

    I grew up in Asia and the UK. I studied Geology in Southampton, and then worked for St Helen's Bishopsgate and the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship in London. Philippa and I were married in 1980 before moving to Trinity College Bristol for three years and on to St Andrew's Bebington, Wirral for a further four years. Our four children were born in London, Bristol and Wirral during this time.

    In 1990 we moved to St Mary Magdalene, Ashton on Mersey, Sale for 16 years where I linked up with Sale Sharks rugby club and served as their chaplain for a number of years. We returned to Wirral in 2006 where I am now the vicar of St Mary's Upton. My main hobbies include photography and walking.

  • St Mary's Upton website: Inspire Photos
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