Rev. Alice Goodman has been our Rector since September 2011, and has general oversight for the three parishes of Fulbourn, Great and Little Wilbraham with Six Mile Bottom. She originally comes from Minnesota, U.S.A., and studied literature both at Harvard and then here in Cambridge. Alice has an established literary reputation both as a poet and an opera librettist. Her late husband was Sir Geoffrey Hill, the Professor of Poetry at Oxford. She has one daughter, Alberta, and four grown-up step-children.
Having been brought up in a Jewish family, Alice converted in adult life to Christianity, and later became ordained in the Church of England. She joined us from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she served for 5 years as Chaplain. Before that, her first job in the Church of England was as Assistant Curate to the Kidderminster Parish Church Team. She blesses same-sex marriages, welcomes children of all ages, and cares about good music, and things that happen outside the churchyard wall
She can be contacted at the Fulbourn Rectory on 01223 880337, or by email
Rev. Rex Buckley was licensed as our Honorary Associate Priest in 2019. He was brought up in Cheshire, attending a grammar school where the choices for compulsory winter games were lacrosse or rugby. Soccer was banned. He opted for rugby, playing on the wing, because he could run fast enough to avoid being tackled.
After he left school, he trained as a primary school teacher in Liverpool and taught for 5 years before training for ordination at Cuddesdon. In 1977 he was made deacon, and in 1978 was ordained priest. The whole of his parish ministry, until moving to Fulbourn, was in the Chester Diocese, ending at Sandbach. From 1990-2003 he served as a Territorial Army Chaplain with the Cheshire Regiment, The Royal Corps of Signals and then The Army Cadet Force. From 2003, he was the lead Chaplain for the Cheshire Police Force on a part-time basis; and then, having retired as Vicar of Sandbach, he became full-time Chaplain for a further 5 years, leading an ecumenical team of 12 Chaplains. He also became bass drummer, sometime tenor drummer and cymbalist in the Cheshire Police Corps of Drums. Boom-boom!
He and Sue were married in 1980, and have 2 daughters. One lives in Cherry Hinton; and she and her husband have 2 young sons. Their other daughter is in London. They moved to Fulbourn to be nearer their family, and for Rex to build a permanent model railway (for his grandsons, obviously).
He can be contacted by email via Twelve.
Mr. Steve Mashford has been our Licensed Lay Minister since 2003. Steve is responsible for sharing in the general ministry of the churches. He is married to Jenny and has two married daughters and a son. They have lived in Fulbourn for the last 12 years. In his spare time he enjoys watching sport, including football and cricket.
He can be contacted on 01223 882163 or via email.
David Poulter was appointed Fulbourn Director of Church and Community music in September 2023. In this post, he is responsible for the oversight and development of the Parish and Community choirs, and for the nurture of music across the benefice.
David was born and educated in Kent. "On becoming a cathedral chorister at the age of 8, I decided I wanted to be an organist! After gaining a scholarship to study at The Royal College of Music, I taught at secondary schools in Cranbrook and Tunbridge Wells, and then became Director of Music at the cathedrals of Coventry, Chester and Liverpool. My family and I relocated to East Anglia six years ago when my wife took up a post as an Equine Vet in Newmarket and I became organist at the Royal Hospital School and at Fordham church. We have a daughter who attends Bottisham Village College, two whippets, and I have two adult children who live in the North West.
Having recently started as Director of Music at St Vigor’s, I am keen to recruit more singers to both the church and the community choirs. My emphasis is on making sure that everyone has a lot of fun and enjoys using their singing voices".
He can be contacted by email.
Sian Hornby was appointed as Parish and Choir Administrator in September 2022. She assists the Rector and the Director of Music with the administration of the Parish, Twelve, St Vigor's Parish Choir and the Fulbourn Community Choir.
Sian is also a professional musician and music teacher, combining her admin roles with freelance singing (including with the St Vigor's Parish Choir and with local choir, Cambridge Chorale) and teaching.
She lives in Soham with her husband and two sons, all of whom also sing at St Vigor's, and enjoys reading, boardgames with her family and cooking.
She can be contacted by email.
Emma Bourne was appointed as Pastoral Assistant of Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams in September 2023. Emma is responsible for assisting in ministry across the churches in the benefice, with a particular focus on ministry to children and young people. She is discerning a call to ordained ministry in the Church of England.
Emma was born and brought up in Suffolk. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge and has worked in churches in London, Sunderland, and Cambridge. She also spent 6 months living in a convent in rural South Wales, learning a lot about Christian community life. Immediately prior to coming to Fulbourn, Emma worked in residential support and education at a specialist school for autistic children.
Emma lives in Fulbourn. She enjoys reading, long walks and cooking. When not leading children’s ministry in church, she is also rediscovering the joy of singing as a member of St Vigor’s Church Choir.
She can be contacted by email.