A little about the Revd Canon Howard Bateson ….

Revd Howard Bateson

I was born in Staffordshire where I spent my pre-university days… before taking a degree in geology in London. This took me in 1957 to my first appointment, to the Geological Survey in British Guiana, [now Guyana since independence in 1966] …where I remained till the summer of 1965. By this time I had met and married [1961] my wife Jeanette and our first son Robert had been born [1963].

From 1965 I was based in the Geological Survey of UK working out of a London office engaged on projects in SE Asia [Thailand & Burma], S & C America [Bolivia & Belize], and various Caribbean Islands,  and a 2 year residence in Jamaica.  During this period our other two sons were born; David [UK 1967], Peter [Jamaica 1972]

The Family Bateson moved from Hertfordshire [Bishops Stortford] to Nottingham in 1978 when the Survey re-located in Keyworth…my professional work from this time until my retirement in 1993 was as a unit head and project manager of a number of investigations in the UK

The call to the ordained ministry came and I began my training with the East Midland Ministry Training Course, University of Nottingham [now sadly no longer] in 1984 and was ordained as a Self Supporting Minister, [SSM], in October 1987. I served my curacy at St Paul’s, Wilford Hill, where I remained both as curate and associate priest until appointed Priest-in-Charge Staunton, Flawborough, Kilvington with Alverton, in January 1996 where I remained until my retirement at Easter 2004. I was also the Bishop’s Officer for SSMs in the Diocese for the 10 years prior to my retirement, and appointed Honorary Canon of Southwell Minster in 1999.

Jeanette and I have remained in West Bridgford since my retirement[s] and are still active in the church life of St Paul’s, Wilford Hill, and helping out in the Deanery as necessity requires. I represent the Retired Clergy at both Deanery and Diocesan Synods.

In the new ministry structure in this benefice I have been asked to be the ‘first contact /co-ordinator’ for all services, etc, at St Edmund’s…so that is why you may see me around.