Introducing the Heart of England Group

The Heart of England Group of Parishes was brought together in 2010 with the appointment of Revd Peter Walker as Priest-in-Charge for the six churches, with his wife, Revd Ruth Walker as an Associate Minister both working part-time. Peter Walker has since been appointed the Rector of all 6 churches and with Ruth moving on to a new job in Worcester diocese, he now works full time. 

The six churches all have different styles but we all worship the same Heavenly Father which naturally brings us closer together. All the churchwardens meet together with the clergy 2 or 3 times a year and find much common ground amongst them and are able to support each other in different ways.

From time to time the 6 congregations meet to worship and celebrate Holy Communion together (usually on a 5th Sunday of the month) at the main morning service. Other Group events include Donkey on Palm Sunday Marcha Palm Sunday March, sometimes with a donkey, through one of the villages, an open-air Rogation service, an annual Memorial Service in November and a Torchlight Nativity processing through the streets of Bidford (also sometimes with a donkey for Mary) at Christmas time.



We have a dedicated team of mainly retired folk who take "Open the Book" into each of our four Church Schools once a month acting out Bible stories in costume during assemblies. Open the Book characters in costumeThis is a way of introducing the children to the Bible, sometimes for the first time and is very popular with both the pupils and teaching staff.







  • Rector: Revd Peter Walker
  • Assistant Minister: Revd Michael Godfrey
  • Assistant Minister: Revd Fritha Middlemiss

Reader:  Mrs Judith Meehan

Group Administrator: Roger Huggins


  •      Bidford:  Chris Horn & Allan Steven
  •      Binton:   Anthony Jefferson & Martin Baylis
  •      Exhall:   John Horseman & Chris Hanson
  •      Salford Priors:  Fran Foster & Peter Penney
  •      Temple Grafton:  Margaret Kibblewhite (Keyholder & Caretaking role)
  •      Wixford: Suzy Fryer

Salford Priors Church Leader:

  •          Roger Huggins

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