Revd. Poppy Thorpe

Poppy is married to Nathan, the vicar of St Giles, Aintree and has a daughter Sophia. Poppy joined ASSF in Nov 2022, after previously serving as vicar of The Church of the Good Shepherd, West Derby and curate at Holy Trinity, Formby and St Michael and All Angels, Altcar. Before ordination, she attended link developing trips to Burundi and Rwanda and helped to run a youth camp for Palestinian Christians in Nazareth. In her spare time, Poppy loves knitting, reading, period dramas and singing loudly to songs from the musicals! 

Ruth Bennett (Churchwarden)  



Mick Dunphy (Churchwarden)  

Mick is married to Jane and they have two grown-up children and has attended ASSF church since 1995. He is involved with the kid’s Sunday club with his wife and also a member of the pastoral care team. Mick is in the building trade and his hobbies include sea fishing, crown green bowling and watching Liverpool football club.  

Andrew Thompson-Smith (Reader & Treasurer)

Andrew has two children and six grandchildren. By profession, he is an architect but is now fully retired. He is a keen sailor and a qualified Yachtmaster. He loves folk music and is a guitarist and lead singer in Time Ashore folk band. Andrew is a licensed lay minister (Reader) and preaches and leads services about once a month. He is also our church Treasurer and leads our Eco-Church group.

Alan Mears (Health & Safety Coordinator)

Alan has lived in Crosby and worshipped at All Saints for over sixty years. Married with two grown-up children and now retired, Alan retired as PCC Secretary to take up the reins of the exciting Building Project which saw significant improvement to the church, link area and hall. Alan is now the Health & Safety Co-ordinator as well as company secretary to our childcare charity. With half a working life in civil engineering and half in personnel management, Alan takes a special interest in all buildings and staff matters. In his ‘spare’ time he enjoys gardening and genealogy and leads on the maintenance of a residential centre near Southport belonging to Girlguiding Sefton

Pat Howard (Children’s Safeguarding Coordinator)

Pat was raised in Crosby but spent most of her working life in Surrey and  returned to Crosby on retirement.  She worships at ASSF where she assists with the children’s work in Babes in a Bubble and Sunday Club and is also a barista in the HUB.  As part of a team from ‘In Another Place’ Pat was regularly going into local schools to conduct assemblies pre Covid and is hoping to continue once restrictions allow.  She is also an active member of a couple of local drama groups. 

David Winsland (Vulnerable Adults Coordinator)

David recently retired as Churchwarden after eleven years of service. David is a retired Primary School Headteacher.  He is married to Lynne and they have three grown up sons and five grandchildren.  David and Lynne are very active in the work of Lion’s Club International both locally and in the North West.  David was formerly an active sportsman but now enjoys his sport as a watcher,  especially rugby.

Paul Beardwood (Parish Office Administrator)

Paul has lived in the Parish of St Frideswyde since 2007 after getting married at St Luke’s church in Crosby. Paul has been involved in church life since an early age, through playing for services, helping with building maintenance and IT assistance. He has a background in electrical engineering. Paul is the first point of contact if you email or phone the office and hopefully he will be able to help you or point you in the right direction if he doesn’t know the answer! 

Diane Hughes (Hall Secretary, Verger & Electoral Roll Officer)

Diane is married, has two grown-up children and lives in Crosby where she has worshipped at All Saints with St Frideswydes for a number of years. Diane is the verger for weddings and funerals, the church hall secretary responsible for hiring the hall out for local community use and a barista in the Community HUB. Diane enjoys card making and spending time with her grandchildren and is known to enjoy a bowl of trifle at many of the enjoyable social events the church holds throughout the year.