The Ven Leslie Stanbridge 1920 - 2015

Leslie Stanbridge, right, with St Luke's former Vicar Steve BenfordLeslie Stanbridge, right, with     
St Luke's former Vicar Steve Benford






Many of us will remember fondly the Ven Leslie Stanbridge who died peacefully at home, on Thursday 19th March at the age of 95.  

Leslie was Archdeacon of York from 1972 until 1988, and throughout that time supported St Luke’s, not only through his rigorous quinnennial inspections, but also encouraging the ministry and mission of the Church through the period of  Michael Long and Glyn Webster’s incumbencies, when the Church grew substantially in numbers and ministry.

Following his retirement from full-time ministry, Leslie remained actively involved in the life of the city and Minster, where he had served both in the role of Succentor Canonicorum and as a Canon, in particular as an enthusiastic member and organiser of the Minster Walking Group. This together with his support for Christian Aid brought some of us back in touch with him when he devised the Whitby Way; a 60-mile walk from Whitby to the Minster which Mark Comer published and subsequently walked over 24 hours with Steve Benford and a small group of supporters, raising a substantial sum for Christian Aid.  With permission to officiate in the Diocese, Leslie also helped us out during a number of our vacancies, always arriving by bike, his primary mode of transport around the diocese and grumbling in his own inimitable way about the use of the Mission Praise hymnbook, but encouraging and guiding us nonetheless.

Leslie’s long and distinguished ministry saw him ordained priest in 1950. After serving his Curacy in the Diocese of Rochester, he returned to the north east to St John’s College Durham in 1951, and served as both Tutor and Chaplain. In 1955 he became vicar of St Martin’s, Kingston on Hull and then Cottingham, was Rural Dean of Hull and Warden of Readers.   He was not only a dedicated and untiring priest, still leading worship and bible studies at his home up to his death, an expert in historic churches, Holy Land retreat leader and supporter of St Leonard’s Hospice; he was a good friend, who remained interested in us a Church and individuals throughout his life.

God bless you Leslie, may you rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lynn Comer     




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