Meet the Team

Simon Talbott BD


Simon became priest in charge of Great Shelford in July 2013 and subsequently Vicar in 2019 (he is also Vicar of Stapleford and Harston with Hauxton and Newton, where these parishes are served by two Associate Priests), after serving as Vicar of St Martin’s, Epsom for twelve years. He has been ordained since 1981 and has served in Norwich, Leeds and rural North Yorkshire. Originally from Newmarket, Simon is delighted to return to work in East Anglia where he has many friends and close family members.

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Simon has wide parochial experience and is interested in community development, exploring faith and making links between the working world and the church. He has also served on Diocesan and national committees addressing the care and disposal of churches and clergy education and development.

Simon’s other interests include cricket, walking, gardening and the outdoors, political biography, cooking and Real Ale!

Nicola Bown BA MA DPhil


Nicola was ordained deacon in 2016 and moved to the Linton Team for her first curacy after training for ordination with Eastern Region Ministry Course. Before ordination she taught English and Art History at Birkbeck College in London, commuting from Cambridge where she and her family lived for some years. She has extensive experience of working with children and families, and enjoys bringing her interest in art and creativity into her ministry. In 2017 she was part of the diocesan team to visit Kigali Diocese in Rwanda. She has just completed an MA in Theology for Ministry.
Nicola’s other interests include playing the violin, dressmaking, going to art galleries and concerts, and losing at board games to her family.


Maureen Dobson B.A.

Licenced Lay Minister (Reader)

Maureen came to live in Great Shelford from Suffolk in 1993.  Previously she had been much involved there in the development of the hospice moment.  She was licensed as a Lay Reader in 1988, serving first in the diocese of St, Edmundsbury & Ipswich, then on the lay chaplaincy team at Addenbrooke’s and coming to St. Mary’s in 2003.  She has quite a lot of experience of parish life, being the widow, daughter-in-law (twice) and mother of clergy.


Dianne Fraser


Dianne has lived in the parish since 1965. Her late husband, Brian, was churchwarden here from 2002 – 2008.

She has a son living in Switzerland, a daughter, married with three daughters, living in Over and another daughter, also married with three daughters, living in Sweden. They all manage to get together two or three times a year. She sees the local ones often and visits Sweden several times a year.

Music has played a large part in her life. She has spent most of it teaching piano and recorder both privately and in school. She formed the Shelford school orchestra in 1979 and conducted it for 25 years.

She sings in, and conducts, the church choir, and also sings in other groups. Her other interests are tower bell ringing and gardening.


Stella Nettleton


Originally from London, Stella came to live in Great Shelford in 1997. Now divorced, she moved to Whittlesford in 2012, and became a Churchwarden in 2013. She has been a Voluntary Rep for the Christian fair-trade company Traidcraft since the late 1980s.

She is a Shelford Support Group driver, and a committee member and occasional volunteer for the Great Shelford Mobile Warden Scheme (does that make her a mobile Churchwarden?) She enjoys singing in the church choir, reading, crossword puzzles and sudoku.


Katharin Page

Parish Administrator