the team

Rev'd Ronald Hawkes

Hi, I’m Ronald, Rector of the Wykeham Benefice since September 20th 2012 … so still the “new boy”. Like Tracy Emin I was born in Margate, and grew up near Dover, and am a proud Man of Kent. I trained as a teacher, and taught in Warwick for 9 years before going off to Lincoln Theological College to train as a priest. It was in Lincoln that I met Liz and we were married in the cathedral 25 years ago on a freezing December day.

I have served as a clergyman in… Coventry, Bexhill on Sea, Oundle, Canterbury, Herne Bay, and now here. I have ministered as… a Curate, a Team Vicar, a Vicar, a School Chaplain, a Minor Canon, a Scout Chaplain, a Hospital Chaplain, and now as a country parson (and also the Training Officer for the Deddington Deanery).

One of my great loves is English Choral music – the sort you find in cathedrals. I also like French cheese, classic cars, dogs, walking, reading poetry, playing the piano, trying to oil paint … and people. In the first months here people have gone out of their way to make me welcome and I am delighted to be in this part of the world. I look forward to meeting lots of you whether in the church or in the pub … I’m a human being as well as a Vicar !

Contact Ronald at The Rectory, Sibford Gower, Banbury, OX15 5RW. Tel: 01295 780 555, email

Rev'd Elisabeth Hawkes MA GRNCM

Liz was born into a vicarage family and spent her youth in west Kent, Cumbria and Oxfordshire. After school she trained as an organist at the Royal Northern College of Music, and then as a Primary School teacher.

Liz taught for 5 years in a prep school on the east coast of Scotland before eventually realising that God was calling her to something different. This led to yet more training – this time at Lincoln Theological College, which is where Liz and Ronald met… (more than 25 years ago).

Liz still enjoys music – singing in choirs, playing the organ, and listening to classical music. She also likes reading, watching TV, tracing the family tree with the help of the Internet, occasionally knitting, and eating chocolate…oh, and walking the two dogs in the lovely north Oxfordshire countryside.

Contact Liz at The Rectory, Sibford Gower, Banbury, OX15 5RW. Tel: 01295 780 555.

Rev'd John Tattersall

John Tattersall is a non-stipendiary minister, and has been an Associate Priest in the benefice since June 2007 when he was ordained, having previously been a church warden in Swalcliffe parish.

He is a retired chartered accountant who now works part time as a non-executive director on the boards of a number of companies, and is a trustee of a number of charities in addition to his duties in the benefice. He is also Vocations Adviser for the Deddington Deanery, advising those considering ministry as deacons, priests or licensed lay ministers.

John read Economics at Cambridge University, and subsequently studied theology at the South East Institute for Theological Education.

Contact John at Abingdon House, Park Lane, Swalcliffe, Banbury, OX15 5EU. Tel: 01295 780 283.