Great excitement, on the way to visit Jireh last week I espied a Gypsy catamaran in the river. Well I just had to call on them, meeting two very pleasant people in Graham and Katherine with whom Lynn and I spent an interesting and very pleasant couple of hours. What a small world, Katherine used to work for Jubilee Sailing Trust, overlapping with Hannah by a few weeks.
A new year - well new academic year and all things are starting up again. The band has had its first rehearsal and a number of gigs are in the diary, the first being a RNLI fund-raising river cruise this Friday. I have a great sextet of jazzers who will really make the Christie Belle swing! Top of the Town Club starts up next week and we are having a change of format for the teens club - still with the emphasis on showing them that Jesus loves them. Still waiting to hear from the school - now an 'Academy' - about teaching starting up again. Of course, river work has been very busy but starts to run down as the sailing season finishes - apart from the more hardy mariners. Lots of Uni viewing to do with Lyds, and we are looking forward for a visit to Durham in Oct to see Mum, Hazel and the family.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.