IA tribute... The Reverend Canon Suart Ansell


It is with great sadness to us all that Stuart lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on Wednesday 2nd February 2011.

Stuart came to Pattingham in March 1989, from Biggleswade, where he had worked in a shoe shop. He joined Lichfield Diocese as a youth officer and lived in The Old Vicarage in Burnhill Green, with his family, Kay, Barry, Kevin and Liam. Stuart left a huge impression on the congregation of St.Chad's, Pattingham, both young and old.

We all remember the noise of sixty children dressed as scarecrows singing at the top of their voices and marching round the church for Jesus, when he introduced the first holiday club in 1991. It was not only the young that gained Stuart's attention as he took some sixty services during the interregnum after Roy Bradbury left, as well as leading both the Advent and Lent courses and taking a weekly service at St. Chad's school.

Stuart also gave his time to both Beavers and Cubs where he helped out as an assistant leader, this also allowed him to spend more time with both Barry and Kevin. It was in 1995 that he left the diocese to study at Cuddeston College near Oxford to train for the priesthood. It was Stuart's amazing ability to reach out to both young and old, to be larger than life one moment and thoughtful and reflective the next that meant that he was so highly thought of in the village.

Stuart graduated from Cuddeston and became a Deacon in Cheadle in North Staffs, from where he was fully ordained and was appointed as The Vicar of Silverdale and Keele, where he again has made a lasting impression. Stuart continued his link with the Scout Association by becoming group Chaplain in Silverdale. During his time in Silverdale, his parish has made a link with a church in Kumasi in Ghana, where he and Kay have worked tirelessly to raise funds to rebuild a school. He and Kay were pleased to be able to visit the school last summer , before he became ill.

If anyone would like to make a donation to help complete the work the Stuart started, I will be pleased to pass it on. (Bring to 20 Windsor Road)

Stuart will be very sadly missed by all who were privileged to know him. There will certainly be a large gap in or lives as Clive and I have celebrated with Stuart and Kay on many family occasions over the years, as the boys have grown up.

If anyone is on Facebook, you will be able to read the many tributes made to him on Kay's site.

Chris Wycherley.