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Nick Dawes – Chairperson

Married to Susan with six children. Worked in the NHS for forty years mainly as a GP in the North West. Retired in 2012 and moved to Norfolk in 2013. Lives in Fleggburgh and helped restore a ringing team in the local church as part of their restoration project. Started bell ringing when ten years old. After helping Filby Church restore the chiming mechanism in the church tower, following some construction work, was impressed by the current five bells and whilst they are currently in a dilapidated condition thought it would be a magnificent opportunity to try and restore them to their former glory.

Adrian David Thompson – Vice Chairperson

Farmer, Filby’s Postmaster and owner of local convenience store. Borough Mayor, Borough Councillor, Chairman of Filby’s Parish Council, its Playing Field Committee and Filby in Bloom. In the latter role, he managed the village’s first entry into Anglia in Bloom, in 1995, its first success as Best Village in 1999 and, in both 2002 and in 2017, the achievement of the ultimate accolade of Category Winner in the Britain in Bloom Competition.

Bernard Chase – Treasurer

Bernard enjoyed a 45 year commercial career in the plastics industry, owning and running an SME for over 20 years before taking up Director roles in larger corporate enterprises working in the plastics recycling sector. A final 4 year stint as ‘plastics industry specialist’ with the Government advisory body on waste, WRAP, led up to retirement in Filby where volunteer work for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and treasureship of All Saints Filby Church compete with time spent exploring the East Coast of Britain in his sailing boat.

Martin & Judy Farrimond

Judy and Martin started to learn bellringing in 2015 when the bells were restored at Fleggburgh St Margaret’s. Since then, their ringing skills have developed significantly. They are now regular ringers across Norfolk and Suffolk and have also rung at bell towers all around the world.  They have obtained Level 1 certificates from the Association of Ringing Teachers and played a major role in the development of two new local bands at Hickling and Reedham.  They are both officers of the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers.  When the Filby bells project is complete they plan to take active roles in the development of a band of ringers at Filby.

Judith Richardson

Judith has lived locally for the past 40 years (Fleggburgh until 2016, and since then in Filby) and has worked as a primary school teacher throughout this time.  In addition to this, she is a volunteer with a senior role in a national charity. Over the years she has held a number of trustee roles in organisations providing support to a variety of aspects of community life.


Derek Nicker

Retired, former Technical Director of an electronics manufacturer. Parish Councillor, a Trustee of Filby Lands and Conservation Trust and sits on Filby’s Playing Field Committee.


The Revd Jo Wood - Team Rector

Jo is a Midlander originally coming from Tamworth in Staffordshire.  She studied History and Politics at university in Derby before a 15 year career in the banking industry in Birmingham. 

She became a Christian on an Alpha Course in 2005 and never looked back. Jo was ordained deacon in 2017 and priest in 2018 in the Diocese of Lichfield and trained for ordained ministry at The Queens Foundation in Birmingham.  She served two curacies, firstly in the Peel Parishes in Tamworth and secondly in the Brereton, Rugeley and Armitage Team Ministry.


Jo and her family moved to Norfolk in Summer 2021 to take up her first post and they love it here - the Broads, the beaches, the countryside, the churches, and the people. 

Jo is married to Andy, they have one daughter Grace, and they a Golden Retriever called Poppy.  Jo is a bit of a Royal Family geek, enjoys history, socialising, and partaking in the odd glass of gin and assorted fizz!


Vivien Moore

Representing the Parochial Church Council. Vivien was born and bred at Mautby, a neighbouring village, close to Filby. She trained as a hairdresser on leaving school and then got the calling to the Caring Profession, working for Norfolk County Council, then Age Concern Norfolk. She completed the relevant training, then graduated, finishing her working life as manager of a Respite Care Unit at Acle. As a teenager, she joined Filby Church Choir, became a member of the P.C.C at 21 and still worships at Filby Church to this day, becoming a Church warden there in 2018. She married a Filby chorister in 1969 and they have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grand child. She retired in 2010 and became a Trustee of Age Concern Great Yarmouth . She is a Filby W.I. committee member and continues to support Filby Church. She enjoys enjoy gardening, embroidery, socializing  and family life. 


Patricia Durden

Representing the Parochial Church Council. Trish was born and bred in Norfolk and left the County when she was 18 to undertake training. She worked in Social Care throughout her working life. In 1972, she married her late husband and lived and worked in London for many years. She has 2 step children and grandchildren. In the 1980's, she returned to Norfolk and took up employment with Norfolk County Council as a manager with the Children and Families Dept until  retirement in 2002. she was a church warden at Filby Church for several years but, now, has retired from that role. She continues to serve as a member of the Filby Church Council. and enjoys family life, gardening, walking , cooking and volunteering.

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