PCC Member of the Month: Geoffrey Dann
This, the ninth in our series of pen portraits of members of St Chad’s Parochial Church Council featires Geoffrey Dann. bell ringers’ tower captain and PCC secretary
Invited to be a server, then ringing in the bell tower
I have been involved with the church in Pattingham in a number of ways since I moved here in 1985 with my wife, Shelagh, my work having brought me from Bedfordshire to Wolverhampton.
When the then Vicar, Chris Walters, found that I have been a server in my younger days I was asked to join the small team of servers at the 8 o’clock Communion service – and I am still doing it.
I had also been a bellringer for over 15 years and I was made every welcome by the local band of ringers – and have continued ringing regularly for services as part of the band and for some years have been Tower Captain.
Our children, Stephen and James, were born a few years after we came to the village. They both learned to ring when they were old enough and rang regularly with the band until they went to university. They both joined their university bellringing societies, which was a good way to make new friends.
Bellringing may be an unusual hobby but it provides both exercise (although not too much) and mental stimulation, often followed by a visit to a local hostelry. If we are to keep the bells ringing for services, weddings and other occasions we do need to recruit new ringers. If anyone is interested in finding out more, please contact me or one of the other ringers.
Since I have been in the village I have been a member of the PCC three times. My current stint started in 2013 when I was elected to replace David Baxter as one of the representatives on the Deanery Synod, which carries with it membership of the PCC.
The Deanery Synod meets three times a year and enables representatives of the parishes in the deanery to discuss matters of common concern, as well as hearing from invited speakers, who often give us something to think about and take back to the parishes. It also acts as a link between the PCCs and the Diocesan Synod and then to the General Synod (which is the “parliament” of the Church of England).