Ted's Adventures (a few of them)
Family: English (Anglo-Scottish + extras) from the Border Counties with Scotland; wife German (Prussian) from an anti-Nazi
family, settled in UK in 1938/9;
Two daughters: one, with four children in the USA - one USAF Provost Corps and a staff sergeant when not quite 21 and already
served two tours in Iraq, one USNavy on the biggest ship of all; one son with two children in the UK.
At School: Classics + recreational Art & Science
At College: Architecture and Quantity Surveying (= Building and Construction Economics and Contract Law)
At University: History of Art, Architecture and Design, including the Design of Instruments and their Music;
Doctorate: Victorian Church Architecture;
Theology: 2 years Church of England Training + a life-time of service and learning.
Church background: Church of England.
As a layman in my 20s (after National Service) - publicist for the Church Missionary Society + Organist and Choirmaster
at a small parish church down by the canal in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England - It has since been erased for a bus station!
Also for a few years Choir member at a fashionable church in Kensington (a remarkable division of labour real "Upstairs/Downstairs
upstairs 8 a.m. Holy Communion and 11 a.m. "High Matins" for the nobs and the fashionable;
downstairs 9.30 a.m. Choral Communion and 6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong for the ‘oi polloi
Alongside this I served at another church where I was assistant organist and choirmaster
(and dedicated organist for the afternoon Children’s Service and Junior Riot!).
2 year Curacy in a large suburb of York (North of England);
3 year Curacy at Chelmsford Cathedral (South of England);
4 year Vicariate in the vast housing estates to the East of London;
24 years or so as a country parson as follows:
9 years or so in Shropshire Hill country;
3yrs or so in Norfolk reorganising a large Team Ministry (flatter, combined with a Royal Air Force Chaplaincy);
12+ years in a commuter/farming village just outside Cambridge (even flatter than Norfolk, combined with an Army Chaplaincy,
and teaching counselling and psychotherapy at all levels to post-graduate);
Since 1994: Retirement: Honorary Assistant Priest at St. Mary's, Thorpe
(see the website http://st-matildas.tripod.com)
10 years or so after retirement as a Chaplain to the Air Training Corps in Camberley.
Counselling experience - just about everything you can think of for over forty years but mainly in a Christian context;
also a teaching role in the National Health Service/Local Education Service on relaxation, anxiety management and stress management.
This latter was at the prestigious university teaching hospital, Addenbrookes in Cambridge - we did have our staff meetings
and staff training workshops in the Hospital Board Room, but our address was a more accurate description of our probable position:
"The Shed, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge;" Taught, supervised, and examined post-graduate students at St. John's College,
Nottingham (Nottingham University post-graduate diploma) from start to finish of the then course.