Unlocking Loneliness Since 1982

Jean MacQuarrie is editor of the Harrogate Advertiser Series of newspapers, which includes the Ripon Gazette, the Knaresborough Post, the Wetherby News, the Nidderdale Herald and the North Yorkshire News, and their associated websites.


She has been editor for over 25 years, and says she thoroughly enjoys working in the communities served by the newspaper group, and especially in Harrogate.

She is a trustee of Saint Michael's Hospice and a supporter of many local charity groups. Supporting Older People was the subject of a feature campaign in the Harrogate Advertiser last year and Jean feels it's a subject which needs a wider airing.

She is delighted to be able to help the organisation through publicity and support





I am a Harrogatonian born and bred, the only interludes away being three years studying History at Leicester University and a year teaching in Norfolk. I have had a varied employment career starting in the Computer Department at Farnell Instruments in Wetherby. This was followed by a period teaching, for the main part at St John Fisher and then, on my return from Norfolk, I worked for Phil Willis MP. Eighteen months in prison then followed…working (!) at HMP Northallerton before I became Mayor of Harrogate. This was a fantastic year and enabled me to meet a lot of the volunteers who keep our district going, particularly the team at SOP who I was delighted to be able to support through my Mayor’s Charity Appeal. After handing over the mayoral chain I was fortunate to become Director of Visit Harrogate, the official tourist body for the Harrogate District. 2014 also saw me stand down from the Council having been a councillor for 24 of the previous 30 years.

My particular interests include the performing arts and I enjoy going to the theatre, concerts and comedy performances with my partner, Clive. I chair the Liaison Committee for the Harrogate International Youth Festival (Music and Performing Arts) and I also dabble in amateur dramatics taking part in Pannal’s annual pantomime. I am a trustee of Rock Up & Sing and the Harold Styan Youth Club and am also a member of Harrogate’s Town Twinning Committee working to strengthen our ties with Luchon.






I was born in Kingsgate near Broadstairs on the very SE tip of England. I had an

idyllic childhood by the sea, and eventually went to Cambridge where I spent

five happy years studying and took two degrees. I felt called to serve God in his

world as a priest, and so found myself in Folkestone as Curate for five years. It

was there that I met Ann with a ready-made family of Jude and Dave, and were

married and moved north. In 1979 I was appointed chaplain to the Bishop of

Ripon and Communications Officer for the Diocese. We had eight very happy

years in Ripon, and then came to St Peter’s Harrogate in the town centre, where

I have been Vicar ever since.


Over the past 27 years St Peter’s has changed out of all recognition. The

congregations have grown from a faithful handful to about 900 regular attenders.

The Building has been refurbished and redeveloped – lightened and opened up

for community use. St Peter’s has a reputation for hospitality – for providing hot

breakfast daily for the homeless and for giving away food parcels each evening

to all who come for them.


All this has turned my hair grey!


I’ve all kinds of hobbies – golf, collecting old postcards of Ripon – and Ann and I are keen camper-vanners when time allows.


I have been associated with many charities over the years in Harrogate, and none closer to my heart than Supporting Older People. I am delighted to be a patron and look forward to providing whatever support I can.





SUPPORTING OLDER PEOPLE                                                 

Registered Charity Number 1086909

Tel: 01423 531490