PCC Member of the Month – May 2019

PCC Member of the Month: Philip Morgan

The tenth in our series of pen portraits of members of St Chad’s Parochial Church Council features Philip Morgan, a relative newcomer to the village, who has just taken over as churchwarden in succession to Iain Coleman

My full-circle journey to be churchwarden at St Chad’s

Philip with the Bishop of Worcester
Philip, during his time in Worcestershire, is seen with the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev Dr John Inge

May I introduce myself: I’m Philip Morgan and I moved to the village just under two years ago and bought David Baxters home, The Rickyard. I hadn’t realised that the role of churchwarden came with the house.

I immediately joined the congregation at St Chad’s and I have been made to feel most welcome by everyone I have met. Considering I have only just arrived in the village it’s incredible the number of people who have come up to me and said “Oh, you are Hilary’s husband”. I suppose that’s not surprising as Hilary was born in the village and many of her antecedents were long-standing village families: Bolland, Brookes, Caddick.

I have joined the Band of Bellringers. Geoffrey Dann was aware that I had been Churchwarden at my previous parish, Teme Valley North, and suggested I applied for the role in Pattingham as there was a vacancy for which there were no volunteers. This I agreed to – and here I am.

A bit about me. I went to school as a boarder at Brewood Grammar School (now a middle school) and subsequently to Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now University). My first job was with the Ministry of Agriculture at Woodthorne, Tettenhall (now houses).

I then changed career and joined Barclays Bank at Chapel Ash. Over the years I worked in a number of roles, including Inspector, Risk Manager, at Head Office and ending up full circle as a Corporate Manager at Wolverhampton.

I retired early and had the privilege of breeding Dexter cattle, Ryeland sheep and Gloucester Old Spot pigs on my thirty acre smallholding in Worcestershire.

I have been involved in a number of charities and organisations: a board member of Maggs Day Centre; County Organiser for the Farming Community Network, a christian charity; Vice Chairman and Trustee for King Edwards School in Stourbridge.

My hobbies are simple, Bridge, Birdwatching (not twitching), bellringing, cooking and wine; anyone who can help out with the latter two is always welcome . . .