FORMER professional musician Marc Catley is next month to become vicar of St Giles’s Church, Packwood, and neighbouring St Thomas’s at Nuthurst cum Hockley Heath.
After four years as assistant curate of St Andrew’s in Eastern Green, Coventry, the Rev Catley takes over his new role during a special service at St Giles’s on June 20.
Born at the former Marston Green Hospital, 51-year-old Mr Catley is no stranger to the Solihull area and used to live in Castle Bromwich.
He was ordained four years ago and is eagerly looking forward to the challenge of his new role: “No two parishes are identical but there are a lot of similarities between working in my present parish and the new one.
“After being a self-employed musician, with a focus on singing, writing and performing my own stuff, you could say this will be the first proper job I have ever had,” he quipped.
“I also did music teaching - mostly with private pupils - and was a peripatetic teacher, going wherever I was needed.”
A keen conservationist, Mr Catley is a member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the West Midland Bird Club and he visits Marsh Lane nature reserve near Hampton-in-Arden.
He has a “mad passion” for wildlife and bird watching and particularly enjoys studying the antics of red squirrels and water vole.
Apart from playing the guitar, another leisure time interest he enjoys is listening to BBC Radio 4, including The Archers.
“I have not had a TV for 20 years and am a real fan of Radio 4,” he said.
Mr Catley is divorced. His 23-year-old son, Jonathon, recently completed a medical degree course at Birmingham University.
The former vicar of Packwood and Hockley Heath, the Rev David Warbrick, moved to King’s Heath last July after a decade.