Revd Dr Stephen Holmes 
Stephen was instituted as Rector of Holy Cross on Tuesday 18th February 2020, when a packed church officially welcomed him, his wife Izzy and their new baby to Holy Cross.
Read Stephen’s monthly posts for Holy Cross, and his ‘thoughts on liturgy, history and religion’ in his blog. More detail about our new Rector to follow.

Stephen can be contacted at: or on 07584 091870

Organist and Choirmaster: Vaughan Townhill
Vaughan has been organist and choirmaster at Holy Cross since 1990.

He is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he was a prize-winner for clarinet. He was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral as a boy, and Bass Lay Clerk at St Mary’s Cathedral while a student at the RSAMD. For 35 years he was Director of Music at Cargilfield School in Edinburgh and retired in December 2008.

Vaughan is a founder committee member of Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, an organisation promoting orchestral playing for young people. He is principal clarinet of the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, a member of Doune Wind Quintet and soloist with other orchestral ensembles. As a soloist he has performed concertos with Scottish Sinfonia, Philomusic, the East Lothian Players and Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra.

He has conducted Opera Camerata, the Edinburgh Players and with his school choir performed some of the great Choral works, including The Christmas Oratorio, The Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. He is the conductor of Dunbar and District Choral Society; in 2010 they performed Brahms German Requiem and in May 2011 they performed Messiah.

Follow the link to find out about the music and choir at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Church has a strong base of active, committed members. Many members play a key role as volunteers in all aspects of the life of the church.

Church office bearers
Rector’s Warden:                        Alan Kirkpatrick
People’s Warden:                        Kate Hilton
Secretary to the Vestry:             Nicole Elvin
Church Treasurer:                      Colin Mair
Lay Representative:                    Andrew Vass
Alternate Lay Representative:  Sylvia Vass
Gift Aid Secretary:                      Tim Sale
Protection of Vulnerable Groups Coordinator:  Jean Williams

Volunteers are involved in many activities, usually on a rota basis.  All activities involving children and young people are run by members who have been vetted as required by government legislation.

Activities and roles include:

  • Servers, welcomers and readers for church services
  • Flower arranging and church decoration
  • Sunday School leaders
  • Crèche supervisors
  • Preparing and serving refreshments
  • Gardening
  • Church cleaning and polishing

Are you interested in volunteering for any of these or other activities in the life of our church? Please speak to the Rector or get in touch at



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