Revd Fran Battin

The Reverend Fran Battin, Associate Minister

Who am I? 

I am married to David, who is a retired (so he says!) doctor. I am also a mother to Catherine and Jennifer, and grandmother to Ewan and Daisy. My family are important to me and I like to be able to help them when needed. At the moment I look after my young grandchildren one day a week, and they are a delight. The other important part of our family is our puppy Bramble who you might meet on walks in Harvington.

Do I have any hobbies?

I find nothing as enjoyable as a morning in the woods with my camera or an afternoon painting, or an evening with my embroidery. I am very slowly studying with the Open College of Arts aiming eventually for a BA in Creative Arts.

What is my background and previous experiences of life?

I came into ministry late in life and after my curacy training became a prison chaplain. I worked at HMP Brockhill looking after women on remand, which was a very demanding but fulfilling time.

What do I do now?

I help Revd Richard in the ARCH Benefice on a part-time basis. I am also involved in CARM, the Creative Arts Retreat Movement which organises creative art retreats across the country. I usually chaplain about two retreats every year and also help with administration. Finally, I am occasionally asked to take a service in Homesmith House in Evesham and Holland House in Cropthorne.