The Team

 

Who am I?

Rev Martin Batchelor

Job?

Lead Chaplain Coleg Cambria, also vicar of Bistre in Buckley

A bit about yourself:

I’m originally from Swansea and was a systems analyst before ordination. I have been in Bistre for 10 years. I’m married to Jill and have three children.

Your hobbies:

Running (but not as far as Robin), learning piano, and watching football supporting Swansea city.

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

Chaplaincy is a space for everybody to think about important things in life!

Based everywhere!

 

 

Who am I? 

Rev. Sally Baird.

Job?

I am retired and work as a none stipendiary Vocational Deacon in Borderlands Mission Area.

A bit about yourself:

I trained as a Pharmacy Technician and worked in the Countess of Chester Hospital for 17 years until 2007. I have two sons and four grandchildren.

Your hobbies:

I play badminton, enjoy gardening and have been learning tai chi for 9 years 

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

…it should be about affirming life giving relationships.

Based at Deeside on Tuesdays

Email: sally.baird@cambria.ac.uk

Who am I?

I am Mary Morris 

Job

I am in training as a Lay Reader and am currently on placement with Reverend David Ashin Prestatyn

A bit about yourself:

I am married and have three grown up sons. Currently I have five grandchildren but the list is expanding. I am a proud and dotty Naini.

Hobbies:

My hobbies include knitting, reading, theatre and art but as I am also studying there is little time for most of them. I also play for a Brass Band but very badly.

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

Chaplaincy is about listening to anyone who wants to talk. It should be there for everyone with no judgement.

I am based in the Hub and presently work with Dot on a Monday, this may change or increase in the future.

Who am I?

Delyth Puleston Roberts

Job:

After training as a journalist and surviving various media roles (in television, radio, newspapers and public relations) I spent 16 years as a lecturer at N.E.W.I./Glyndwr University in Wrexham. I am now retired and volunteer as a Pastoral Assistant with Northop Church and as a Lay Chaplain with Coleg Cambria.

A Bit about Yourself:

I’m married with 2 daughters who both work and live in Manchester. No grandchildren yet,  just ‘grandpuppies’….. two gorgeous French bulldogs called Pablo and Mycroft!

Hobbies:

Family, friends, walking, wine and exploring the world (well the UK and France anyway!) in a motorhome with our rescue dog Hector.

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

It’s been inspiring to join a team of such dedicated people from very diverse walks of life. I hope that my experience will enable me to make a positive contribution to the support on offer to both the staff and students of Coleg Cambria.

Based at Deeside on Wednesdays

Email: delyth.puleston-roberts@cambria.ac.uk

 

Who am I?

Beatrice Field

Job

I am a retired college lecturer, from Deeside College, having taught in the Catering and Hospitality Department for eighteen years until 1997. I have also worked as a support worker within Flintshire.

A bit about yourself

At present I am involved with many various activities within my church. I am the Catholic Faith Chaplain at the Deeside site.

Your Hobbies

I play golf, though I call it very nearly golf! Enjoy walking my dog and meeting people/socializing.

Your thoughts on the Chaplaincy

To be available for everybody, providing a listening ear, with empathy and having a non-judgemental view.

Based at Deeside on Fridays.

Email: beatrice.field@cambria.ac.uk

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Who am I?

Cathy Williams

Job?

I work for Festive (www.festive.org.uk), resourcing and supporting Christians in FE Colleges and 6th Forms

A bit about yourself:

By training I am a teacher of English to people who don’t speak it as their first language, but ever since I was a student myself I’ve been working to support and resource Christians to stand strong for Jesus in their place of education, in the UK and overseas. Now I am a grandmother and I’m still doing it – I guess you’d have to say it’s my passion!

Your hobbies:

Reading, walking in wild places, keeping bees and pottering in the garden.

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

So much to do and so little time to do it! Everywhere I look in College I see people who are searching and hungry for reality. Sometimes they are aching with unspoken pain. Often they just need someone to listen to what they want to say. As a chaplain I can try to be available in all those situations. As a Christian I am always happy to tell people about Jesus if they are interested to know, and to pray with them (or for them) if they ask me to.

Based at Llysfasi on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Email: catherine.williams@cambria.ac.uk

 

 

Who am I?

(Rev Deacon) Michael Schoonjans

Job?

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Permanent Deacon within the Catholic Faith, and add to that, from this year, part of the Chaplaincy Team at Cambria

A bit about yourself:

Previously spent over 20 years working in the Further and Higher Education Sector working for much of that time at NEWI and Glyndwr University being Student Services Manager at NEWI/Glyndwr for 10 years. Worked also within the Ault Education sector. Worked with Chaplaincy at Glyndwr and hope that experience of working in education combined with Deacon role will allow me to contribute positively to the Chaplaincy Team and students.

Your hobbies:

Cooking, Theatre, Armchair Athlete and sportsperson especially Rugby League

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

A listening ear, a point of contact and conversation, what you feel you want it to be. Looking forward to joining the team and contributing to the work and supporting student body.

Based at Yale and Bersham Road.

Email: michael.schoonjans@cambria.ac.uk

 

 

Who am I?

Rev Dot Gosling

Job?

I am a pioneer priest, which means I try to find ways of being church that are mindful of where people are at in the 21st century. I am employed to work with children, families and young people, but not exclusively.

A bit about yourself:

I have 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, and 1 soon to be son-in-law, 4 sisters (all quite a bit older than me hence the following) 14 nephews and nieces, 23 great nephews and nieces and 1 great great nephew. I was a youth worker and Senior lecturer in Christian youth work prior to coming to Wales. I sing, play guitar and keyboard, love going to the cinema, reading and walking my dog as well as spending time with friends and family.

Your hobbies:

Singing, reading, knitting (occasionally), baking, walking…

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

It is a space for people to simply come and be, talk and be listened to, regardless of who they are.

Based at Deeside on Mondays

Email: dot.gosling@cambria.ac.uk

 

 

Who am I?

Ken Massey

Job?

Retired

A bit about yourself:

I’m ex electrical maintenance, 24 years with the MOD at RAF Sealand, and 22 years for a toilet paper maker. Now offering my service to Northop church as a pastoral minister, along with my college chaplaincy duties; I have one granddaughter who rules.

Your hobbies:

Country/hill walking, caravan, studying for my BA in theology, crazy golf (played on normal golf course).

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

The complexities of life have changed since I was young; I am a granddad who has time to listen to those who have any worries.

Based at Northop on Mondays or when needed.

Email: kenneth.massey@cambria.ac.uk

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Who am I?

Ruth Holden

Job? 

Chaplaincy Coordinator at Coleg Cambria

A bit about yourself:

I have lived in North Wales all my life and I studied at Yale College around 10 years ago.  I then went to university and studied film and photography whilst volunteering at the University Chaplaincy.

Your hobbies:

I love movies and enjoy writing short stories in my spare team.

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

Sometimes we just need someone to talk to and that’s why the chaplaincy is here. Whether it is a spiritual or life question it’s good to talk it though. Throughout college and university I have found it really helpful to speak to a chaplain and I hope we can offer the same service to students here at Coleg Cambria.

Based at Yale Campus Monday to Friday 10am till 2pm

Email: ruth.holden@cambria.ac.uk

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Who am I?

Patricia Roper

 

Job?

I am retired.

 

A bit about yourself:

I was born in Wrexham, I have been married to Elvin for 43years, we don’t have any children.

I worked as a nurse for 29years, within the hospital and as a community nurse in Wrexham.

 

Your hobbies:

I enjoy sewing, walking, reading, having coffee with friends, going to the cinema and the opera.

 

Your thoughts on the college chaplaincy:

To be sensitive and caring and compassionate to the needs of anyone who comes for support,creating a safe environment.

 

Based at Yale on Tuesdays.

Email: patricia.roper@cambria.ac.uk 

 

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Who am I?

Jonathan Hodgins

 

Job?

I’m employed as a Workplace chaplain which means I go where people are working and share in the good and not so good parts of life. 

I’m on Bersham Road campus most weeks so if you see me around, make sure to say ‘Hi!’

 

A bit about yourself:

I moved to Deeside at the end of 2016 with my wife and children. Before that I worked as a mission worker in Shropshire and before that spent time learning Welsh in South Wales.

 

Your hobbies:

Starting things. I’ve got a lot of books on my Kindle that I’ve started to read, lots of crosswords that I’ve started to fill in, and lots of hobbies that I’ve started to learn. Hopefully this year I might finish some!

 

Your thoughts on the College Chaplaincy:

Life is full of deadlines and perhaps it feels like people haven’t got time for you. Chaplains have time to stop and listen. We’re here for you.

 

Based at Bersham Road on Thursdays

Email: jonathan.hodgins@cambria.ac.uk