Our Rector

Photo of Father Clive

Father Clive Fairclough


I arrived in the Mells Group of parishes in Jan 2017.

My faith is founded on the Rule of St Benedict whose motto is Orando Laborando meaning ‘by prayer by work'.

I am a dairy farmer’s son and was brought up on a farm near Trowbridge in Wiltshire. I served for twenty years as British army officer in the Royal Artillery in the UK, including two operational tours in Northern Ireland and Western Germany (as it was then) . This was followed by a successful career as a professional fundraiser in a variety of charities including the Prince’s Trust in Scotland. 

I was ordained into the Church of England in 2004 and, following my curacy in Tisbury in the Diocese of Salisbury, served as a parish priest to twelve rural churches based in Bishampton in the Diocese of Worcester. Most recently, I served in Moscow as Chaplain to St Andrew’s Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Apokrisarios to the Patriarch of Moscow and Russia, and Chaplain to the British Ambassador in Moscow . I am married to Jo and I have six children from my first marriage and six grandchildren. My interests are rural theology, mountaineering, singing and field sports.