Rod has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer with TAD since he retired in 1981. Not only does he design and make devices for clients, he has also given more than 180 talks about TAD to organisations such as service clubs, schools and colleges.
Rod identified a problem at the Chapel of St James in the Anglican Retirement Village where he lives. Some of the less mobile parishioners couldn’t make it up to the front of the chapel to take communion, and they needed a way of indicating this without disrupting the service.
“Visiting clergy don’t know which of the congregation are not able to move forward to the communion rail,” Rod said. “Sometimes it’s necessary to bring the elements to parishioners in their pews.”
Rod’s solution was neat and effective – a set of 10 indicators that can be hung over the ends of pews in which less mobile parishioners are sitting. The indicators consist of 70mm-diameter plywood discs, painted bright red, which are bolted on to strips of 3mm Perspex™ shaped into hooks. The hooks are 30mm wide and 130mm long, fitting easily over the over the 40mm-thick pew arms in the chapel.
The indicators could be doubly useful. As Canon said, “they could also prove helpful in an emergency to identify those frail persons who would require assistance”.
To make sure the indicators are easy to find when they’re needed, Rod made a wooden storage rack which hangs on a peg just inside the entry to the chapel. Measuring about 150 x 750mm, it is made of dark-stained plywood, with cut-out holes where the indicators can be hooked.