Dave Shercliff – Reader
Dave along with his wife Liz have recently joined St Thomas’s but have lived the parish for some time since moving from Glossop where Dave had trained as a Reader in Derby Diocese. Dave has served in the Dioceses of Derby and Chester, leading and preaching in various churches, as well as leading Diocesan courses and retreats.
He has had particular experience as a youth leader.
Dave has a full time job as a Civil Engineer working for a manufacturing company in Meltham, near Holmfirth and enjoys discussions on sharing Gods’ love in the workplace.
He loves the theatre and the great outdoors and if you’re up early you may meet Dave and Liz doing their morning constitutional around Etherow Park just around the corner from their house on the edge of Marple Bridge.
Rachel Howling – 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!
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Chris Mann – Churchwarden
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Julie Elliott – PCC Secretary
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Tom Howling – Director of Music
Tom Howling joined his local parish church choir in Ashton-upon-Mersey, Sale in 1979. He has continued as a chorister ever since, singing with St. Mary’s, Bowdon and St. Peter’s, Prestbury. In 1990 Tom went to study Medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford for six years and was appointed ‘Organ Exhibitioner’ of the College which gave him the responsibility of organising and directing Brasenose Chapel Choir from 1993-6.
Tom joined Mellor Church Choir in 2006 and has from time to time stepped in to cover directing the choir when needed. He has recently been appointed as permanent Director of Music at St Thomas’ in September 2018.
Tom is a passionate advocate of the benefits a church choir can bring to both the adults and children within the choir as well as to the wider community