Revd Peter Vannozzi
Introducing Revd Peter Vannozzi
Revd Vannozzi was born in Hanwell, west London. He trained for ordination
at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, in 1983. Before coming to St James's,
he was Vice-Dean and Canon Pastor at the Cathedral Church of All Saints,
Wakefield. Before that he was vicar of a parish in Dulwich for eight
years and before that he had been a vicar in Northwood Hills. He has
had two curacies, the first in Kenton and the other one as curate-in-charge
in Fleet in Hampshire. He has also trained three curates (two of whom
were women), been Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands and a Reader
Training Tutor. He had also been a Governor of a school in challenging
circumstances. Read the article An
interview with Revd Peter Vannozzi.
Appointment and induction
The Revd Peter Vannozzi was instituted by the Bishop of Kensington
and inducted by the Archdeacon of Middlesex at St James’s on
Tuesday 20th March, 2007. The April edition of the Spire magazine
reported: "There was an atmosphere
of quiet excitement in the crowded church as we watched the formal
procession of servers, choir, clergy, the patron, our new vicar, the
archdeacon, wardens, bishop and chaplain enter through the West Porch
entrance. In the service, the presentation of the Revd Canon Peter
Vannozzi to Bishop Michael by Archdeacon Stephan was followed by Bishop
Michael’s sermon. ……. Peter’s tolling of the
church bell signified the beginning of his new ministry. Our happy
formal welcome of our new vicar was followed by the peace and the
eucharist. After the moving solemnity of the ceremony, there was a
splendid party in the hall with refreshments worthy of the occasion.
It all made for a most memorable evening. Welcome Peter!"
Read the article Induction/Institution
of Revd Vannozzi.
Significant developments during Revd
An ECO Group was set up in 2007 to encourage and co-ordinate environmental
awareness in parish life, both as a congregation and as individuals.
The PCC honoured its commitment to switch
to a renewable energy supply during the summer 2011 and in 2014 the
church heating system was completely replaced with new boilers for
both the church and hall, and the replacement of pipe work and radiators
in the church. Read the article St
James’s Chooses Green Energy. St James's started selling
Fairtrade goods after the All age communion on the first Sunday of
the month during 2010 and gained Fairtrade status in 2012.
St James’s Ark, a new group for carers and toddlers, opened
for all pram-pushers: mums, dads, grandparents, carers and under-fives
was started in September 2009 by Revd Debbie Oades who became a non-stipendiary
curate in October 2008.
The information table
Welcome cards and visiting cards were made
and put in every pew, information leaflets were created and put on
a new communications/information table, located near the west entrance.
Here were also located copies of the Spire magazine, information about
Planned Giving, laminated information cards about the different areas
in the church, children's quiz sheets, the welcome and visiting cards,
and anything else to help communicate information about the church.
The church website celebrated its tenth anniversary in July 2010,
just after all the parish magazines had been scanned and added to
New service booklets were made specially for each liturgical season,
with the covers in the appropriate colour for that season, as Revd
Vannozzi wanted to make more of the changes within the Christian Year.
Illustrated service booklets were made for the All-age Communion Services
with photographs and explanations of each part of the service, mainly
for the youngsters, but apparently very helpful for all ages. When
the first 'in-house' produced, but professionally printed, magazine,
with full colour on both the front and back pages, was published in
October 2008 a number of changes occurred at the same time.
Logo for the Shell
During the summer 2011, the Sunday School's
name was changed to 'The Shell Seekers'. "The
name was inspired by the shell that represents our church's patron
saint, St. James, and the fact that we are all seeking to further
our knowledge of God and his love for us."
The Stewardship Scheme was renamed the
Planned Giving Scheme. A lifelong member of St James’s, Revd
Betty Stewart died in May 2013 and left the church a very generous
bequest. The Prayer Corner was moved to the east end of the north
aisle in 2010 and was incorporated into a larger prayer area with
chairs around and a prayer desk. The new small room in the west porch,
built as an interview room or a counselling room, proved to be too
cold and damp and unuseable as such. It was therefore turned into
a very useful storage room with fitted shelves.
In January 2012, a group of volunteers began meeting to plan for St.
James’s 150th anniversary year in 2013. Read about the 150th
The end of Revd
The 9.30 am Parish Communion celebrated, not only All Saints' Day,
but also Revd Peter Vannozzi's last service as vicar at St James's
Church, Hampton Hill. It was, indeed a celebration of 8 years, 7 months
and 12 days of his incumbency. The December 2015 Spire magazine reported:
"The church was packed on Sunday 1 November for Peter's last
service as our vicar. We sang one of Peter's favourite hymns and the
choir performed a special piece during communion. At the end of the
service, Jacky spoke on behalf of the three curates he has guided
through ordination: Debbie Oades, David Bell and herself. Penny Sewell
read a poem she had written and Bill Jerman, Executive Headteacher
at Hampton Hill Junior School, and Carole Atkinson, a trustee of the
Hampton and Hampton Hill Voluntary Care group, paid tribute to Peter’s
work in the community. The Shell Seekers presented Peter with a card
they had made. Lesley Mortimer thanked Richard for his contribution
as server. Churchwardens Nick Bagge and Nick Harris presented cards
and gifts on behalf of the congregation to thank Peter for his eight-and-a-half
years with us. Afterwards there were refreshments in the hall when
individuals expressed their own personal thanks and good wishes to
Peter for his new parish in Highgate. Peter thanked everyone for their
good wishes and paid tribute to the parish. He said not many parishes
were as good as St James’s and he felt privileged to have served
as its vicar."
the article All Saints' Day & Peter's Last Service.
Revd Vannozzi was installed as Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury,
Highgate, on Monday November 16th 2015.
During the following interregnum church life continued thanks to St
James's new curate, Revd Jacky Cammidge and a member of the congregation,
retired canon, Revd Julian Reindorp.