Ness Tobin

Ness Tobin joins our parish as a trainee vicar...

I am Ness Tobin and am joining the parish of Pattingham as, I guess, a trainee vicar!

I am training for the ministry at the Queens Foundation, Birmingham, and am on placement at St. Chads church, with Maureen Hobbs as my supervisor.

I am really excited about it, and know Pattingham a bit through the Drama group, of which I am a member.The last time I was up front was as a calendar girl-this role will be a bit different!

Pattingham has such a lovely community, I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone and learning about church from a different tradition. And it will be the first time I have ever wore a cassock!'

I am married to Ed and have an 8 year old daughter, Cara. We live on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, Merry Hill.

I did a drama degree 20 or so years ago, then did some drama exams and took part in a youth drama project with Zip Theater, called Wolves the Musical,' which was put on at the Grand Theater, Wolverhampton.

I then did no drama for another 20 years! but then wrote and directed 2 pantomimes for church. I enjoyed it so much I decided to get into drama again, so came to Pattingham to see 'A May Dream.' I then auditioned for Chris, in 'Calender Girls' and it all went from there.

At the moment, though, I am concentrating on ordinand training, which is taking all my time. I am at Queens Foundation college in Birmingham, which is a great place.

Vanessa (Ness) Tobin
May 2014