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Our Team

The following people are in charge of the day-to-day running of the church 


The Parochial Church Council

This group of volunteers runs and governs our church.

The objectives of the PCC are to promote St Barnabas as a centre for the community of Ranmore and a place for regular worship using, predominantly but not exclusively, the Prayer Book forms of Service; to maintain to a high standard the structure of the Victorian Gothic Grade II* listed Church building; and to provide an increasingly popular venue for weddings and baptisms.


The current members of the PCC

The Revd Caroline Lazenby (Assistant Priest, Chair)

Dr Robin Luff (Churchwarden and acting PCC Secretary)

Nicholas Grealy (Churchwarden)

Howard Hills (Deanery Synod Representative)

Sandra Skelt (Minutes Secretary)

Ian Hudson (Hon. Treasurer)

Carolyn Bourton

Lynda Mackie-Gandy

Peter Smith

Geraldine Swallow

Anthony Goodenough

Brian Belton (Verger)

Helena Hay

Our history

The church was built in 1859 by George Cubitt MP who became the 1st Baron Ashcombe in 1892. His architect was Sir George Gilbert Scott who designed a 'High Victoriana' scaled-down cathedral to serve the people who worked on the Denbies Estate and a school in a similar style was built next door. A hundred years ago the number of people working on the estate and their families was counted as between 300 and 400 and a full time Rector looked after them living in the Rectory behind the trees opposite the church. The church is listed Grade II* and is virtually unchanged since 1859. 

The church has a side chapel, called the Cubitt Chapel, which is dedicated to the three sons of Henry Cubitt who died in the First World War.

A detailed history of the church, together with an architectural commentary, can be found on the Ranmore War Memorial website here:



The current general concern about the risks of metal theft and vandalism mean that the church cannot be left open when it is unattended. We are able to arrange visits for interested groups such as local history societies, the Arts Society, U3A, the Victorian Society etc. During the warmer months there are monthly Coffee Mornings and we hope to continue Teas in the Churchyard on some Sunday afternoons. We also hope to open the church to passing visitors on some weekday mornings. The Church takes part in the Heritage Open Days annually in September.


At St Barnabas we take safeguarding extremely seriously.

Our safeguarding officer is Anne Whibberley.

Please use the 'contact us' section of this website below to inquire about any aspect of our policy, or to make a safeguarding report.

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Please click on the links below to download

our recent newsletters and reports

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Newsletter February 2024
Newsletter January 2024
Annual Report 2023
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If you would like to make a donation to our church please click on the link below. We also have a card reader in our church to accept in person donations.

To become a regular giver please contact us via the contact page. Thank you.


There are no steps from the road to our church and our toilet can also be accessed in a wheelchair.

We also have Wi-Fi in our church.

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