Our Priests

Rev David Chattell

David has been Rector of the Benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield since April 2011 when he moved here from a smaller rural group of churches in West Berkshire. Before ordination he taught Science in a comprehensive school in Gloucester. 

He is married to Ruth who is also involved with our churches as she is a licenced lay minister. 

They have four children and a dog named Tess who is sometimes known as Tess of the Candovers!


Rev Stephen Mourant 

Rev Stephen Mourant – Associate Rector with particular responsibility for The  Parish of Farleigh – the northern end of the benefice, looking after Cliddesden, Dummer, Ellisfield and Farleigh Wallop, plus some of the administration of the whole benefice including service rotas, and organiser of the wedding schedule, engaged couples’ evening, marriage preparation, a school governor at Cliddesden Primary School, married to Julia, who is also ordained and works as a tutor at Sarum College in Salisbury, father of three grown-up daughters and grandfather to a delightful grandson so far.

Hailing from Jersey in the Channel Islands, he came as “A missionary to the pagan English” – although his mother came from Cheshire!

Hobbies: collector of “Biggles” books, family tree builder, likes history.

Dislikes: TV soaps, 

Likes: Julia’s cooking, being a granddad, playing with figures (stemming from 7 years in the banking world before ordination) and his Island roots that go back over 500 years.