Parish Personnel

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


The Reverend Peter Barham came to the parish in July 2016, and lives at the Vicarage, King’s Croft, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2FN. 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 writers a regular northernvicar blog – you can read it here.

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.

dsc06715Deborah 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.

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Sara Ferdinando is a Reader-in-training. She started worshipping at St Matthew’s in 2007 when her first daughter was baptised, and now runs Kids’ Church. She started her two year Diocesan Reader Training course (run under the auspices of Durham University) in September 2017, and has been involved in taking services in both of our churches. Outside church Sara does accountancy and bookkeeping services, working with clients from architects to footballers (and everything in between).

St Matthew’s Churchwardens are

dsc06830David Brierley, who has lived in Darley Abbey with his wife Rita for over 30 years. For most of that time they have been at St Matthew’s. Both their sons, now flown the nest, were baptized at St Matthew’s. In the summer you will most likely see David down at Riverside Meadows with Darley Abbey Cricket Club, one of the many beautiful places to spend time in this village. Burning ambition: to grow a straight parsnip.


Peter Taylor 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. This is his second term as church warden, and we apologise for the photo (we’ll get a better one soon).

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Caroline Audley joined as the Church Administrator for St Edmund’s and St Matthew’s in 2018. She married Dave at St Edmund’s in 2013 and they welcomed their son Noah in 2016. Caroline and Dave met at Sheffield Hallam University and moved to London for work after they graduated. At the end of 2017, after nearly 10 years living in the south they moved to Little Eaton to be closer to Caroline’s family.

Caroline is now on maternity leave for a year – she’s now also mum to Grace. Her replacement Jo Peace can be found in the Church Office next to St Edmund’s Church Hall every morning. She can be contacted on 01332 552031 or by e-mailing Here is Jo: