About Us

The Vicar: Revd Arthur Botham

Hello, my name is Arthur, and it has been my privilege and pleasure to have been Vicar of St. Gabriel’s since 2005.

During my time here I have forged links with other groups of churches in Basingstoke. I am particularly concerned to bring Jesus into the lives of the people living in Popley, Limes Park and Rooksdown

Licensed Lay Minister: Mr. Ian Coster

12[1]Hello, my name is Ian Coster. In 2006 I was licensed as a Lay Minister to the Odiham Deanery. My home church is St. John’s, Hartley Wintney, where Arthur was curate for three years.

In 2010 I received an additional license to serve in the Basingstoke Deanery, which means I can help Arthur and his team at St Gabriel’s with leading services and preaching, something I really enjoy and look forward to.

I would thoroughly recommend St Gabriel’s to you; it’s a growing community and a place where you will receive a very warm welcome and friendly smile. I hope to see you there one Sunday.


Mrs. Marion Davies

Mr. Kelvin Lewington

Hello, we are Kelvin and Marion Churchwardens at St. Gabriel’s since 2013.
We as Churchwardens are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the parish and helping the smooth running of the church.

There are also responsibilities in connection with the Sunday services and for keeping order in the church. We have a duty to make sure that the clergy can conduct their services and other meetings without hindrance. This requires that any visitors or newcomers are welcomed and assisted.

We are also on hand to welcome guest preachers, the Archdeacon or Bishop when they visit, and offer any help as needed.

We are privileged to be elected and to serve as your Churchwardens.

Blessings in Christ

Marion and Kelvin


Mrs. Mary Herbert

Hello, Im Mary, Verger here at St, Gabriel’s

My role as Verger is to make sure that everything is in place for Services, especially Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. When there are special services, such as Weddings and Funerals, but also special Sunday Services then the Verger leads the processions.

I have worshipped here at St. Gabriel’s for many years and it has been a privilege and my pleasure to serve as Verger for the last three years.
It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our very dear Mary on March 3rd.
She will be greatly missed

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this sad time

May She Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory