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The Reverend Anne Aldridge
Roles at Ridley:
Chaplain to the Simeon Centre
Staff Liaison for SPICE (Ridley partners' group)
Family Team Coordinator
When Anne is not in a meeting, you will find her door (at the foot of A staircase on the way to the library) open for callers – looking for a chat, a book or general help with something.
Having trained non-residentially, I find myself envious of those privileged to undertake training here at Ridley. It provides an amazing place to grow spiritually, allowing formation to take place in a safe, loving and non-judgemental environment. There is a wonderful sense of community and sharing of journeys – the positive as well as the less positive.
As Chaplain she is also responsible for planning and executing the annual Prayer weekend at Belsey Bridge, which is a wonderful gift for all first year students and their partners. Anne has a passion for prayer and this extends to helping others explore their own prayer life in a number of different ways – either individually, in triplets or corporately. She also encourages students in their spiritual and pastoral skills, running a 9 week course, twice a year, with the DOPS.
In addition, she works with the Director of the Simeon Centre, helping with Quiet Days and Study Days and meeting regularly to pray.
Anne also coordinates the work with the children and families making sure their needs are taken into consideration and catered for in age appropriate ways. This includes organizing groups for pre-schoolers, primary-schoolers and teenagers, All Age Worship services twice a term at a local church, the annual party for children and the Tea Party at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. She is the Staff Liaison member for the SPICE group.
Once called ‘Anne the Evangelist’ because all her friends became Christians after she did, she remains committed to sharing the Gospel in a low-key, non-threatening way which means she is always open to Fresh Expressions for this – she particularly loves Messy Church as it feeds this way of sharing the message.
Anne’s passion is travel as she loves to find out about different cultures (even though she hates flying!). She is also an avid reader and is so pleased to have a kindle because now she doesn't have to carry 10 books every time she travels!
Anne was born in the RAF hospital at Ely, lived in 21 places by the time she was 21 and finally relocated back to Cambridgeshire (only 13 miles from Ely) in 1989. Trained originally as a teacher she became a Christian in her early 20s, was called to ordained ministry in her mid 30’s and was ordained in 1999 – in the cathedral only a stone’s throw from where she was born– it felt like coming home!. She completed her Curacy in a Parish near Cambridge, then moved to become Chaplain at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for nearly 9 years, after which Ridley Hall beckoned and she began there in 2011 as a Pastoral Tutor and has recently been appointed as the Chaplain.
Anne is married to Rob, they have four children, one daughter-in-law and two adorable granddaughters. She loves nothing more than a good, noisy, family get –together (and if that is somewhere together in the sun so much the better!)
Anne’s aim in life is to write a novel.