Welcome to the Parish of Broughton Astley and Croft
 with Stoney Stanton Team Members


Rector - Revd Sharon Constable


Becoming the new Rector of our three churches in June 2015, Iím married to Paul, who after many years in banking has decided to have a rest from it! We have two grown up sons, James who is a trainee paramedic, and lives in Somerset,   and Andrew who is a business portfolio manager for Microsoft who lives in Northamptonshire.

Paul and I are both from villages in Northamptonshire and it will be lovely to be a bit closer to home and members of the wider family!

We have lived in many places as I followed Paulís moves in banking for some years which took us around the country and as far away as Hong Kong for six years, but recently Paul has been happy to  take a turn at following me and he is a huge support to my ministry ( and a bellringer!) 

I have been ordained for 16 years and have served in Bath & Wells Diocese in Somerset for some years, looking after parishes near Weston Super Mare and then Clevedon, Then as my husband went to work for HSBC, I served in St Johnís Cathedral in Hong Kong and also looked after a daughter church in a commuter town on an island! In 2010 we returned from Hong Kong and I became a Team Vicar in Melton Mowbray looking after five churches on the edge of Melton. I had to reconnect with the Church of England again after being in the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui! So in five years Iíve caught up with churchyard regulations ( I can almost recite them off by heart!) learnt the mystery of faculties (when the church has to obtain legal permissions!) and all other things peculiar to the good old Cof E!

I will take my time to get to know all of you, I am sure youíll be seeing me wandering through the villages, and I am really looking forward to getting involved in the life of the villages and the schools! I love to encourage families and children and young people in their faith, whether through assemblies at school, or special services in church, or meeting the uniformed organisations!  Please do introduce yourselves to me. I will be serving and caring not only those who attend the churches, but for all of you who live in the three villages, those of faith, different faith, and no faith. I am very happy to come and have a chat and, importantly, listen.  


Reverend Vic Goodman, Honorary Assistant Priest


Vic  is a retired priest living in Broughton Astley who regularly helps out in all three of our churches . He worked for British Gas in Leicester for over 20 years. During that time, Vic was ordained as a Non-Stipendiary Minister. He moved to the parochial ministry in 1993, serving at Whetstone and various parishes around Coalville. His interests include railways, photography, astronomy and Liverpool Football Club. Vic and his wife Denise retired to Broughton Astley to be near their family.

Reverend Frances Knight


Frances is happily married since 1971 and has two wonderful daughters, and two equally lovely sons in law. She enjoys pottering in the garden, cooking and baking. Before she was ordained priest Frances had a ministry as a Reader in the church. She was formerly a primary school teacher, and taught in primary schools in this part of Leicestershire. She was ordained in 2003 and served her ministry at St Crispin 's Braunstone  Town and then at St Margaret 's in Leicester  City from where she retired. Frances lives in Burbage who has an interest in prayer and spirituality, and is also a Spiritual Director. She enjoys leading Quiet Days and helps to lead worship at all three of the churches within the parish.

Reader Ministers:

Lester Halling


With my father in the RAF I spent my early years wandering and eventually ended up living in Croft.  Here I started doing youth work and then transferred to become a Reader and also organising (if possible) the bellringers as Tower Captain.

When not involved with church work I indulge in the three R's - reading, rambling and railways.

Peter Yates


Peter trained as a Reader in both the Leicester diocesan scheme and also at Salisbury theological college, and was licensed in 1992.

He is married to Sheila and lives in Broughton Astley.

Peter served from 2007 to 2011 as Director of Social Responsibility for Leicester Diocese. He has been World Development Adviser for the diocese since 1994 and Peter is also the regional representative for the National World Development Advisers partnership. Peter has been part of a small team charged with developing lay ministry teams in the Diocese.

 Peter is Treasurer for the ecumenical Trichy link group which links Churches Together in Leicestershire and the Trichy Diocese of the Church of South India  

Peter also served as the Ecumenical officer for the diocese and continues to pursue ecumenical connections.

Peter is a Director of FareShare Leicester, this project helps to feed over 2500 of the most seriously disadvantaged people in Leicestershire, using surplus food from the food industry.

Peter is a keen gardener and allotmenteer, he is also interested in history and archaeology, travel Ė especially throughout France where he may be found most summers! He is interested in music, especially classical and they are Friends of the Philharmonia orchestra.