St. Peter's Church, Belsize Park, London. Church of England


Father Paul Nicholson, Priest-in-Charge
Paul was born in Liverpool and inherited a love of music from both his parents. His Christian faith first became important to him during his teens at the church they had taken him to as a child. He had his first thoughts of becoming ordained to ministry in the church before going away to college, but as a student his musical development came to the fore, and he worked as a professional musician and baroque keyboard specialist until his 50th year when, having trained part-time he became Assistant Curate of St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill. He has been Priest in Charge of St Peter's Belsize Park and St Saviour's South Hampstead since 2006. He is married to Helen, with two teenage boys, James and Sam. He also has two grown up sons, John and Tom and a grandson, Archie and a granddaughter, Aylsha.

Rev Jan Rushton, Assistant Priest


Ken Robbie, Churchwarden
Ken, a retired civil servant, has been a churchwarden at St Peter's since 2012. He is also the coordinator of St Peter's arts programme, and always welcomes comments about our cultural offerings and suggestions for future events. He is keen on the idea of the parish church in all its history, witness and potential.

Mary Shakeshaft, Churchwarden
Mary is a retired polytechnic/university lecturer in English Literature. She misses teaching and so for the last 4 years has been holding literary seminars at home for church funds. She came to St Peter's in 1965 and has been churchwarden four times. Since its inauguration over 40 years ago she has been involved with the Hampstead Christian Study Centre and believes strongly in loving God with all one's mind.

Cecile Goorney, Deputy Churchwarden
Cecile was born in the West Indies, and came to the University of London, where she completed post graduate training as a clinical psychologist, working in the London and outer London areas. She settled in Kent where she brought up a family of three, with 5 grandsons. Since being widowed, she returned to London to be near some of the family, and settled in St Peter's patch, where, she says, 'I have felt truly welcomed'. Currently she serves St Peter's in many different ways as assistant warden.


Guy Daines

Arts Director

Ken Robbie, see Churchwarden!


Pauline Sy, PCC Secretary
Celestine Keise, Safeguarding Officer