Parish Personnel

St Edmund’s, Allestree & St Matthew’s, Darley Abbey are two parishes which share a Vicar & a Ministry Team.

The Reverend Peter Barham came to the parish in July 2016. Peter and Julie live at the Vicarage on King’s Croft, Allestree, Derby, DE222FN. You can contact him on 01332 551404 or Ordained in 1994 he served as a Curate in Fornham All Saints and six other villages north of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, then was Vicar of Cockfield and three other villages south of the town. In 2001 he moved to St Edmundsbury Cathedral where he was Chaplain, then Canon Pastor. He moved to Ponteland in Northumberland in 2008 and served that town church (with a second village church at Milbourne) for almost eight years. He is a musician, walker, church crawler, and railway enthusiast. He writes a regular northernvicar blog – you can read it here. He also serves as Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Derby.

Julie Barham trained as a Reader while Peter was at Theological College, and has served in the same parishes. Here she regularly preaches, takes All Age Worship and Evening Prayer, sings in the choir, and is involved in most church activities. She is a great reader, and writes a regular northernreader blog – you can read it here.

Clive Lemmon was first admitted as a Reader (in St Alban’s Diocese) in 1982, and has been licensed to St Matthew’s since 1987. He is PCC Treasurer and has, in the past, been churchwarden for two terms. He is a chartered civil engineer and his career (before retirement at 50) was spent with British Railways, latterly in the research department, which was what brought him to Derby. He is not without interests, but it is difficult to say precisely what they are!

Melonie Hambly has been a Reader since 2003. All of that time has been at St Matthew’s. She is a parent and grandparent and has been a foster parent. She is a committed caravaner. She has never yet written a blog.

Deborah Simpson became a Reader in 1982 – at the time the youngest Reader in the diocese – initially in the parish of All Saints’, Mickleover. She transferred to St Edmund’s following her marriage in the church in 1992 and has been here ever since! Aside from church activities Deborah is heavily involved in the local am-dram scene and is chairman of Quarndon Amateur Dramatic Society, loves horses and equestrian events and is also an avid reader – mostly of crime fiction.

​Michèle Aspinall is a Churchwarden at St. Edmund’s, confirmed at the Church in 1969, married here in 1982 and helped run the Seekers group for nearly 25 years. She co-ordinates the church flower arranging team.  Now retired from language teaching, she is a keen member of Allestree Flower Group and a slightly less dedicated member of Breadsall Priory. She also enjoys reading, cooking and foreign travel. Her personal mantra is: ’Carpe diem’.

We have a Vacancy for a second  Churchwarden at St Edmund's.

Peter Taylor is a Churchwarden at St Matthew's. Peter lived on Duffield Road in Darley Abbey from an early age. He attended the old village school, church, choir and scouts. His education continued at Herbert Strutt Grammar School in Belper. He married Dorothy at St Matthew’s. His career before retiring, was lecturing in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Wilmorton College. 

David Brierley is a Churchwarden at St Matthews. He became warden just before Peter and Julie arrived in  2016. David and his wife Rita have lived in the parish for 30 years. He is heavily involved at Darley Abbey Cricket club and has a long connection with the scout group. David and Rita volunteer at the Derby Churches Winter Night -shelter. He still runs a few races and grows wonky veg! 

Caroline Audley is the Church Administrator for St Edmund's and St Matthew's. She moved away from Derbyshire to go to university in Sheffield where she met her husband Dave. Caroline and Dave married in St Edmund's in 2013 and have now moved back to Derby, their children were recently Christened at St Edmund's. You can usually find her in the Church Office, which is in St Edmund's Church Hall, at the top of King's Croft. If you face the main church hall doors, her office is round to the left.


Anna Oldknow is the Youth and Family Worker for St Nick's, the other Allestree parish church, and St Edmund's helps to fund her ministry - and (more importantly) benefits from her skills and talents. There is a longer biography at