The Reverend Gordon Briggs – Associate Priest
After a lifelong career in public finance, I retired in 1996. However, I soon became a part-time School Business Manager to a large Primary School, and retire (again) this August 2022. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
I had been accepted for training as a priest in the Oxford Diocese in 1995, and after retirement it was better for my studies. I was ordained at Christ Church, Oxford in 1998. I served my ministry mainly in the United Benefice of Farnham Royal with Hedgerley, and was retired from there in 2019.
My ministry opened many wonderful opportunities, and I was a co-leader for a Pilgrimage Tour of the Holy Land in 2012. My most memorable occasion was presiding at Holy Communion on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. I was also the Chaplain to The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in the City, and am now a Liveryman in the Company. I received the Freedom of the City of London in 2009.
I am privileged to help at services, as part of St Mary’s, Wexham Church ministry team, and also preside at occasional services at various churches in the Burnham & Slough Deanery. I am a Deanery representative on SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) with Slough Council.
I have always sought to serve in the community and have been a School Governor, Rotary Club President and member, Sunday School and Youth Club leader, Boys Brigade captain, college lecturer, Duke of Edinburgh expedition instructor - to name a few.
I am married to Pat, a former Headteacher at Farnham Royal School and a past Churchwarden in St Mary’s Church, FR. We have three children and four grandchildren and four grand-dogs!.
I have lived in this area all my life and well remember my paper round delivering all around the new Wexham Court Estate as it was being built!
When younger and fitter, I loved walking on fells and mountains, and in wild countryside, but now settle for shorter local walks. I love history and enjoy reading a wide variety of books, including historical thrillers and mysteries. Of course, as the hymn says “the best book to read is the Bible”!