Who we are

Jane Cadogan

is a retired Specialist Community Nurse and was one of the three instigators of the 2013 Passion Play when the concept was first discussed on a New Year’s Day Walk in 2012.

Having been the wardrobe mistress for Abingdon Drama Club since 1998 and having costumed over 50 productions Jane was given the task of doing the costumes for our first Passion Play.  With help from previous producers of a Passion Play and theatrical friends she achieved a great impact which added to the drama of the production.


John Clare                    Chair

An active member of St Michael’s Church Abingdon, John has taken part in the first and second Abingdon Passion Plays.

A Cambridge graduate, he spent my professional life teaching History, and has also been involved in amateur drama productions going back many years, including A Man for All Seasons, The Crucible and the Wakefield Mystery Cycle, as well as singing in choirs and choral societies every year. It is a great honour to be elected Chairman, and Anne Green will be a hard act to follow!


Anne Green               Former Chair

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is an active member of St Edmund and Our Lady’s Church, Abingdon. Anne is a Social Worker, a mother and grandmother, and has been involved in town and neighbourhood activities. Anne chaired the organising committee of the first Abingdon Passion Play in 2013; and through this she experienced the importance of the Passion Play in supporting the pastoral outreach of Abingdon’s churches. Anne brought this experience and lots of lessons learned to organising the 2016 event.


Sally Mears

Sally Mearsis a Mezzo Soprano who also plays the cello. She enjoys arranging concerts and other events to raise money for medical projects in Africa. She visited Uganda in May 2009 with Mission Direct. She leads the Abingdon Music Centre’s Singing for Pleasure Group and conducts the Headington Singers and the Newman Singers, who have performed Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Britten’s War Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana as well as first performances of new commissions by local composers. In 2013 she helped compile part of the APP13 script (which has also been recycled for Woodstock’s Passion Play) and enjoyed rehearsing the community choir and young singers from four Primary schools. She is a Foundation Governor at St Nicolas School and worships at Christ Church, Northcourt Road.

Dora Nash               Secretary
Dora - July 2014

Dora is a Cambridge graduate, mother of four and grandmother. She recently retired as a teacher, and is now working in Alumni relations. She worships at St Edmund’s and sings in the Oxford Harmonic Choir. She was in the choir for the APP13 and was so moved and impressed by the whole event that she was determined to be even more involved next time!



Eliane Pony             Social Media

Eliane Pony has been an active member of St Edmund Church for four years. She helped out in the last APP 16, and as it was a great experience she has decided to serve on the committee of APP19. She has been involved in different community projects and charities in London, such as London Citizen. She holds a degree in Marketing and Communication, and brings that knowledge to bear in developing and increasing awareness of APP fundraising.  She has discovered the wonderful sport of rugby and enjoys watching her sons play every week ends . Eliane also speaks French fluently and currently works for a charity helping the homeless in Reading.


David Pope            Webmaster

Recently installed as District Governor of 58 Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and parts of Buckinghamshire, Cllr David Pope is a busy man. He was elected to Abingdon Town Council in 2015, was educated at New College and then Exeter College, Oxford University, where he cut his professional singer’s teeth as a countertenor Choral Scholar in the world-famous choirs; subsequently he turned to teaching as a career, and continues to give many lessons in school classrooms and private homes around Abingdon and Oxfordshire in his specialist subjects of French, Spanish, Latin, Classical Greek, English and Music. He is a practising Christian who regularly attends St Helen’s Church in Abingdon whenever he is not pursuing his freelance singing career on a Sunday morning in cathedrals and churches in London, the UK and abroad, or presenting an award on a Sunday afternoon to a Rotary Club-organised event somewhere in the Thames Valley. At some point along the way, David learned to administer and write websites, so he is delighted to put his knowledge and talents to good use for the benefit of the Abingdon Passion Play and the people of Abingdon and beyond.


Alex Winterburn     Treasurer

is a father of two daughters, UK sales and office manager for an Aerospace sensor company and a member of Christ Church Abingdon. A graduate in physics from the University of Bath, Alex subsequently worked in engineering firms in Lincoln and since 2007 in Abingdon. He took part in both the 2013 and 2016 Abingdon Passion Plays, and was honoured to play Jesus in the 2016 production. Alex enjoys singing and am involved in the Abingdon Community Choir (ACCORD) and Abingdon Gospel Choir.


What have we agreed to do? Have a look at our Constitution