Churchwardens - their role within the parish and an introduction.


Each of the five Churches within All Souls Parish is looked after on a daily basis by the Churchwardens. This is a special job which is an elected but unpaid post. Each Warden is sworn in officially by the Archdeacon every year and promises to do their very best to look after the Church and parishioners.
Generally the Churchwarden lives in the village and keeps an eye on the building, supports the vicar in preparing for services and organises things like cleaning and flowers. They are often the first person to be called when people want to know more about the church or family history.  The Churchwardens meet regularly with the vicar and the PCC to discuss all matters to do with the Churches – everything from services and prayers to fundraising and building upkeep. 

Heather Cooke
Churchwarden St Nicholas, Austrey

I am churchwarden at St Nicholas Church, Austrey.  I am married to Martin and have three sons and a rescue dog. We have lived in the village for 31 years and have taken an active part in village life.  I enjoy bell ringing, swimming, cycling and walking so like to keep busy.

​Shirley Faulkner
Churchwarden St Mary's Church, Newton Regis

I am Churchwarden at St Mary’s Church, Newton Regis. I was born in Seckington in 1943 and first daughter of Frank and Lily Faulkner. I attended Newton Regis C of E School and moved to Kings Lane, Newton Regis in 1963.

I have always been involved in village and Church activities and have been Churchwarden at Newton Regis for numerous years, in which I am always approachable on Church and Village matters. I am employed (full time) with M G Evans & Sons family Funeral Directors, Atherstone where I have worked for over 22 years.

Anne Bufton-McCoy
Churchwarden All Saints, Seckington

I am proud to have been churchwarden for our little church for some years now and I enjoy fundraising and showing people around our village. I act as Chair for the Parochial Church Council and also chair the Buildings committee which is responsible for the five church buildings across the parish of All Souls. 

I am a former headteacher and enjoy doing a range of voluntary work in my retirement. As well as a genuine interest in our local schools I am a member of Newton Regis W.I and am on the Board of Trustees for Warwickshire WI. 

Janet Perkin
Honorary Churchwarden St Matthews, Shuttington

I have been Churchwarden at Shuttington for many years and enjoy living in the village and working with others to look after St Matthews.  However, in April 2018, I decided to step down from the role, but to continue in a honorary capacity and carry out what duties I am able. I remain on the PCC and will still support the work of All Souls in our parish.

Our family is interested in all things agricultural and we enjoy going to tractor rallies, ploughing matches and similar events.

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Dawn Cole
Churchwarden Holy Trinity, Warton

My name is Dawn Cole and I have lived in Warton most of my life.  I have been churchwarden for almost 15 years.  I love being part of the fellowship here - it is a great place to live and worship.

​Richard Meredith
Churchwarden Holy Trinity, Warton

I have been actively involved in the life of Holy Trinity, Warton since moving to the village in 1971, as Sunday School leader, member of the Men’s Society and occasionally leading services.  In the mid 1980s I became churchwarden and am still doing the job!

Parochial Church Council (PCC) secretary and key person - Alison Meredith 

Alison acts as the Secretary to the All Souls Parochial Church Council, taking minutes of meetings, keeping all the committees on track and organising good deals for services such as electricity and insurance.  Alison also edits our quarterly magazine, The Dove which involves chasing up all of the contributors to make sure it is published on time.  She is also our organist for all five churches. She really is the oil on the wheels for All Souls.   Happily married to Richard, Churchwarden for Warton, Alison has worshipped at Holy Trinity, Warton since moving to the village in 1971.


The Parish All Souls, North Warwickshire, has adopted the Church of England's policies and procedures for the safeguarding of all children, young people and adults.

If you believe that someone is at immediate risk of harm, phone 999 or contact the Bishop's Safeguarding Advisor, Steph Haynes on

07342 993 844 or

If you click on the link below you can access the Safeguarding Policy for All Souls Parish.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Parish Safeguarding Officer - Margaret Dalton - via email at