Congratulations to Suzanne Grindrod - the new Priest in charge of Draycot

First published 31st August 2022

Congratulations to Suzanne Grindrod who has been appointed as the new Priest in charge of the Draycot Benefice within the North Wiltshire Mission Area.

Suzanne was born in Cambridge and grew up in the village of Milton which is on the outskirts of Cambridge.

After taking her GCSE’s at Impington Village College in 1988, Suzanne then went on to study for a BTEC National Diploma in Business and Finance at Cambridge Regional College.

Suzanne’s career started at Barclays Bank in 1988 where she worked at branches in Chesterton in Cambridge, then St Ives (near Huntingdon), then Benet Street Cambridge. From March 1999 to May 2004, Suzanne worked at Lee Abbey Community where she worked as a kitchen assistant, bookings office assistant and PA to the warden before she left in 2004.

In September 2004, Suzanne started work at Holy Trinity in Brompton where she worked as a PA to the Director of Finance and Prayer. After five years, Suzanne decided to leave to train for ordination at Trinity College in Bristol and was attached to St Mary’s Church in Henbury.

When serving her curacy in the Diocese of Gloucester in the Parish of Lydney in the Forest of Dean, Suzanne met her husband, Steve who was a Reader (LLM) and Lay Chair of the Forest South Deanery and lived in Lydney.  Suzanne and Steve were married at St Mary’s Lydney on 10 May 2014.

Suzanne has served as a Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Ashchurch and Kemerton since September 2015 and will now join the Diocese of Bristol as Priest in Charge of Draycot.

In their spare time, Suzanne and Steve love walking and exploring the countryside and enjoy holidays in their caravan near the beach.

Suzanne Grindrod said, “‘I am excited to be joining the Diocese of Bristol and working within the Draycot Benefice and the wider North Wiltshire Mission Area.

“I look forward to meeting my colleagues and parishioners and using the skills and experience I have gained from the Benefice of Ashchurch and Kemerton over the last seven years for the benefit of the local community.” 

Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol said, “I am very pleased to see Suzanne take up this role and hope she will enjoy serving her local communities and making a real difference to the lives of those in the Draycot Benefice and the North Wiltshire Mission Area.”

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