I was born in 1944 in Greenfield Saddleworth West Yorkshire and spent my early life up to leaving school working on a farm when not at school or spending an occasional day with the local gamekeeper.
After school I trained as an engineer before joining the Royal Navy. After 5 years I received a medical discharge for injuries sustained. I married Maureen in 1967 and we have two sons and three grandsons and a granddaughter.
After the RN I went back to engineering working in Hampshire and then in Shropshire.
I changed occupation and worked as a Project Manager in Northwest England, Greater Manchester, Bosnia during the conflict driving an ambulance although I only spent two weeks there, Botswana two years and Zimbabwe 4 ½ years as National Director for Habitat for Humanity International a US charity, not to be confused with the store of that name, and in my spare time Mentoring some farmers in Zimbabwe during Mugabe’s so called land reform . Finally, the Scottish Highlands for five years before returning to the north west to be with Family.
I was trained by the RN and other organisations as a Mentor and worked for five years after retirement as a volunteer with SAFFA, The Soldiers and Airforce families Association as a mentor working with young men who had received a medical discharge because of injuries sustained in either Iraqi or Afghanistan. The travelling and stresses involved became too much and I had to resign from SSAFA earlier this year in 2018.
Fortunately, I saw a report on Granada reports about the West Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, contacted Sharron and started with the Chaplaincy in June 2018 and now both myself and my wife help with the work of the Chaplaincy.