A new vicar for St Michael's Blundellsands...

On Sunday 4th March the following statement, made by the Ven. Pete Spiers, Archdeacon of Sefton and Knowsley, was read out to the members of the PCC and later to the 10.30am congregation:

“I am delighted to commend to you Rev. Neil Short as part-time vicar and part-time missioner for the third generation in the L23 partnership. He will also be working half-time as parish development minister seeking to enable church growth within the Diocese.

 Since 2007, Neil has been vicar of St James in the City and before that vicar of St John’s Burscough. Under his leadership both churches have seen significant growth.

 He was born in Yorkshire and has played cricket for them at under 15 and under 19 level. He plays golf off a handicap of 9.  He is married to Margaret and they have 2 grown up sons and 2 grandchildren.

 Thank you all for your prayers during this time of discernment. He will be licensed on Tuesday May 15th.”


Neil and Margaret say:

'We are so pleased to be coming to join you at St Michael’s Blundellsands. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have shouldered extra responsibility during the interregnum; we are sure you will agree they have done a great job.

Together with the Diocese and the Churchwardens Jane and Phil we will be looking for a suitable house to rent within the Parish. Whatever happens on the housing front we will be with you from the induction on Tuesday 15th May.'


They have since also written a letter for this magazine:

'Margaret and I are really looking forward to being with you in a few weeks. In the meantime here’s a bit about ourselves.

Margaret was born and brought up in a Christian family in Newcastle. She qualified as a children’s nurse and moved to Peterborough to take up a staff nurse's post. 

I became a Christian at the age of 17 in my home town of Pudsey near Leeds. After a gap-year in the Christian community at Scargill House, I studied Civil Engineering before moving to Peterborough to take up my first job.

We met at the local church in Peterborough and were married two years later. After ordination training at Cranmer Hall, Durham, I was curate in Glossop, then Associate Vicar in Bradford, and then Vicar at Burscough, before moving to St James in the City, Liverpool. Bishop James Jones asked Margaret and I to start a new church in the 
city centre specifically for students and young professionals. After 10 years it’s time for a new challenge.

We have two married sons, Peter and Ben, who are both involved in their local churches and two grandchildren (6 and 3) who we look after every other Thursday. It’s the highlight of the week!

My induction on Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm may seem a long way off, but it will thankfully be here in no time at all.'

Neil and Marg