I was one of the first Ordained Local Ministers in the Manchester Diocese in 1993, working as a self-supporting Priest in the Horwich & Rivington United Benefice (4 Parish Churches). My 'day job' was as a Carpenter & Joiner, for almost 50 years. I retired at 65, giving me time to take on other voluntary community roles. Having grown up in that community, it was an immense privilege to minister to families I had known all my life. Moving to Exeter to be near to family, it is now a great privilege to be Honorary Priest at St Thomas. My wife and I enjoy exploring this wonderful corner of England and, if it rains, I have always got plenty to read, crosswords to solve and Classic FM to 'lose myself' in.