The Revd Patrick Bateman, Rector of St Margaret’s, Chipstead in Surrey, has been appointed as Vicar of All Saints, Ilkley.
Patrick was born in Co Durham into a clergy family and, apart from four years in Trinidad, lived there up to his teens. He says, "During this time in the North I developed a great affinity for Yorkshire and especially the Dales where I spent my summer holidays at my Grandparents cottage in Coverdale. My wife, Alison, had a happy time studying for her degree at Bradford University punctuated with many trips to Bettys in Ilkley. Alison and I have enjoyed annual visits to Yorkshire for the 24 years of our marriage."
Patrick moved to Kent with his family as a teenager and after leaving school worked for 18 years in the International Petroleum Exchange as an Oil Futures trader. He says, "It was during this time that I became a committed Christian and had to work out my faith in a highly competitive and sometimes aggressive environment." Patrick's faith was nurtured at St John’s, Blackheath before ordination training at St John’s Nottingham. He served his curacy at Holy Trinity, Wallington and has been Rector of St Margaret’s Chipstead since May 2005.
Patrick and Alison have four children: Tim and Chris at university, Rachel entering sixth form and Ben soon to begin his GCSE studies. For the last two years Alison has been Deputy Head and SENCO at a local church Primary School.
Patrick says his interests, apart from socialising with family and friends, include watching and taking part in a wide range of sports: He says, "We very much look forward to getting to know the people of Ilkley and to taking an active interest in the good things that Yorkshire has to offer. I would welcome your prayers for my family as they face the changes involved with the move, and for me as I prepare to take up the post as Vicar of All Saints, Ilkley."
The service of institution and induction will take place on Saturday 8 December at 3pm. Bishop Nick will be officiating.