Rachel Howling – Deputy Churchwarden
I moved to Mellor, having returned to the northwest post uni, in 1997. I was immediately made to feel very at home. I love being part of such an active, vibrant community.
I have been involved in St Thomas Church for 14 years. Working with children and young people is a passion. I led Vestry Venturer sessions (Sunday School!) for many years and also helped at, and then ran, our annual Edale residential. All 3 of my children have been involved in the Rose Queen, which has given our family wonderful opportunities to get more involved in village life. All my family are also members of our church choir and, as a natural consequence of that, work as bar crew at the church fete.
I first took on the role of Church Warden a few years back, and overlapped between Rev Peter and Rev Alex, with a lengthy interregnum in between (I am hoping not to repeat that experience this time round!). I was delighted when Tracy asked if I would take on the role again. I would love to help develop what our church community offers families and young people. I’m always happy to hear people’s ideas and thoughts, so if you see me around, come and have a chat!