Alison TolsonWelcome Alison


We are delighted to welcome Alison Tolson to the church family here at SWCD Churches as part of her ordination traning at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Alison will be joining us on Sundays and at other times in the week during her course and we look forward to all that she will bring to our life and ministry together.

Alison says,

I’m really looking forward to joining the benefice as part of my training for ordained ministry. I am fortunate as a (very) mature student to be able to participate in what is known as a context-based course, which basically means I live, work and prayer in the college environment of Cuddesdon 3 days a week and am back home for the rest of the week.

Home since 2002 has been Shepton Mallet where we moved as a family after I left the cathedral in Wells where I’d worked as a Virger.  It is now only myself and my husband, Nick, plus 2 dogs and a cat left at home now as the 6 children have all flown the nest. Although living in Shepton Mallet , I have had connections in the Street and Glastonbury areas over recent years, I was part of the Air Cadet squadron covering both areas and I was part of the parish of St Johns, Glastonbury. Since the beginning of the pandemic last year I considerate myself fortunate to have held a post at the Co Op in West End, one that I have only just given up to start this stage of my journey.

When I’m not reading theological books, I enjoy reading crime novels, over recent months I have discovered a joy in doing Diamond Art and other crafty things, I also love the exploring outdoors and discovering God in the nature around us.