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About Us
Who we are

OCRH was founded in 2004 by the Anglican churches in Otley Deanery, part of the then Diocese of Bradford. From that original partnership we have developed links with the local Methodist circuit as well as supporting a variety of churches across the Diocese of Leeds. We  registered as an independent charity in 2016 and are managed by a board of trustees.

Staff Team
Mandy Thorlby

Mandy is employed by the Trustees to manage The Hub and all its work. Use the Contact link above to get in touch.

Trustees

There is a Board of Trustees, drawn from supporting churches, who are responsible for governance and meet regularly to oversee the work.

Peter Willox
Cayte Norman

Peter Willox – Chair of Trustees

Revd Peter Willox is the Vicar at St John’s, Ben Rhydding.

Cayte Norman

I’m a retired vicar with good memories of working with church schools. I have been involved with Open the Book from it’s early days in this area

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Lizzie Shepherd

Anita Seals

I attend St John’s Church, Yeadon and am the Children and Young People’s coordinator, running the  mums and tots group, a long standing member of the Open the Book team, Sunday school leader and PCC member. 

Lizzie Reynolds

Hello, I’m Lizzie, I was a wedding florist but I am now an ordinand in training. I became a trustee after years of receiving great support from OCRH with resources for Sunday School and Youthgroup.

Anne Cayton
John Holdsworth

Anne Cayton

I worked from 2007 as Schools Project Coordinator developing Open the Book and What’s The Story? I became Manager of The Hub in 2011 and oversaw the transition to Charitable status before retiring in 2017.

John Holdsworth

Information to follow

Props Team and Makers

Over the years we have been really blessed by a group of excellent props people. They have handcrafted all of our Open the Book costumes and props and many of our other storytelling resources. If you would like to join our props team please do get in touch