St Martins Low Marple

Who's Who


Father Timothy Hupfield

Fr. Timothy came to be vicar of St Martin's in March 2021, after serving in a group of six churches just outside Evesham, in Worcester Diocese. He lives in High Lane with his wife (vicar of St Thomas’, High Lane), their two children and Border Collie, Tallis.

Before ordination, Timothy worked as a support worker and trained as a secondary science teacher, before being a full-time stay-at-home dad until training for the priesthood at Westcott House in Cambridge. When not busy with church and family, Timothy enjoys hill walking, bell ringing, board games, crocheting and is slowly learning to play the piano.




Rev'd Ashleigh Askwith

Rev’d Ashleigh is the curate of St. Martin’s, Low Marple and of St. Thomas, High Lane. She lives in Hazel Grove with her husband (vicar of Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove), her daughter and Black Labrador, Bea.

Before ordination, Ashleigh was a Stay-at-home Mum after a short time of being a Pharmacist. Her ordination training took place with All Saints Theological College which eventually became Emmanuel Theological College. During this time she also trained in Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and as a volunteer for Stockport Council for EPEC as a Parent Group Leader. In her spare time Ashleigh enjoys family walks, photography, crafts, baking and yoga.




Associate Priest - Rev Kit Windle




Readers are Lay Ministers who are licensed to the parish by the Diocesan Bishop to assist the clergy through preaching, teaching and leading worship.     


Tony Doust



Tony Doust has worshipped at St Martin's since 1991, when he started being in Marple at weekends. He retired from working in computer programming in 2002 and started the part-time three-year course of Reader training later that year. He was licensed as a Reader in Chester Cathedral in October 2005.

He values St Martin's for the very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and also for the important role of good music in the church. His other interests include (classical) music, chess, and, sadly, Watford Football Club.


Debbie Moores


Debbie was born and raised in Yorkshire and lived there until the summer of 2010 when she took the momentous, and ultimately life-changing, decision to move to Marple. She quickly settled into life on the 'wrong side' of the Pennines and into the life of St Martin's Church. Having been PCC secretary and then a Churchwarden, a change of direction saw Debbie become licensed as a Reader in October 2019 and she is enjoying her new role very much. Debbie retains links with her beloved Yorkshire by being a member of Batley Gilbert and Sullivan society, and keeping a keen eye on the fortunes, or occasionally otherwise, of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Debbie enjoys reading, spending time with her four grandsons and travelling. She and her husband Rob love camping and enjoy visiting various parts of the UK. 



Alan Thornecroft        










Churchwarden and Treasurer

Alan Ashurst


Alan graduated as a chemical engineer from UMIST and has spent all his working life in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry ranging from manufacture to computer control software design and implementation.  He served as treasurer to a church in Victoria Park for 10 years while living in Manchester. Some aspects have changed but it still remains basically the same job. After taking early retirement he enjoys spending time in the garden whenever possible and on numerous diy projects which accounts for his current involvement as churchwarden. Other interests include music, photography, caravanning and all things mechanical – even if they aren't broken.



Teresa Thornecroft



Safeguarding Officer

Helen Rogers

Helen began life in Eccles (west Manchester) before marrying and moving via Sale to live in Marple (1990). She acquired a degree in English Literature and started work as a trainee programmer, remaining in business IT for most of her career, working mainly on a freelance basis. Helen has attended St. Martin’s since the early 1990’s and after completing a stint as a Sunday School teacher, she now keeps St. Martin’s congregation and church hall regularly supplied with Fairtrade goods, submits the quarterly Gift Aid claim and has recently taken on the role of Safeguarding Coordinator. While still working part-time in several jobs, she enjoys puzzles, reading, dog-walking, socialising and holidaying with the family both in the UK and further afield.


PCC Secretary

Andrew McCulloch

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