The Rev'd Ness Whiffin

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My family and I moved to Witney in summer 2017 and I was Licensed as Team Vicar on 6th September. My Ordination was in 2014 following my theological training at STETS Salisbury. 

For most of my professional life I worked as a psychiatric nurse in the NHS in and around Bristol, with adults initially and for the last 6 years with Children and Adolescents. I specialised in both Eating and Personality Disorders with all age groups and gradually became more interested in criminal justice, spending my last 3 years as Specialist Practitioner in the South Glos Youth Offending Service. I loved (almost) all of it and was rather reluctant to relinquish it all to become ordained! 

Prior to that I worked as a Violinist, Pianist and Organist, teaching and performing all over GB, as well as abroad. Music done well is of primary importance to me; I don’t get to play my instruments so much these days, but I love to sing. 

Witney Benefice is an exciting place for me to be, where the Eucharist and Daily Office are central to the life of the Church. It was through my (lengthy) discernment for ministry that I realised just how important these are in my own life and the joy of sharing these with others; coming to Witney is rather like a spiritual home-coming. The meeting of the sacred with the secular, and an inclusive church, are also central to my theology.  

In my spare time I go to the gym and I’ve been learning to swim Butterfly. I’m pleased to be leaving my car at home whenever possible and cycling around, and relieved to find so many pubs in Witney! My children are Nadia, an ambitious baker and Barney, a passionate drummer and pianist. My husband Martin, psychiatric nurse, specialises in end of life dementia care and loves to spend his spare time growing vegetables. We have Oscar, a rather un-adventurous but sweet cat, and Winnie the rabbit has just moved in.    

It is my privilege to serve you as your Team Vicar.

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