Simon grew up on a dairy farm near Wellington, and has always loved the countryside. After serving in the education sector for 20 years (working with the young), he became a freelance gardener for the next 25 (working mostly with the old). He volunteers in the community in several capacities, with occasional public speaking engagements, and has also served as a school governor. His wife Anne is an Advanced Practice Radiographer in the Breast Care Centre at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.
Anne and Simon have lived in Wellington since 1987, members of this same church for most of that time, and remaining faithful through its significant changes of location, leadership and name. Together, they have in the past served within the Children’s and Marriage Ministries of the church, and led a home group for nearly ten years.
A former pupil at Wellington School, Simon’s gift for writing was noted at an early age, and writing remains a significant outlet for his creativity. For many years, he has contributed regularly to the “Wellington Weekly News”, with a monthly Weather Report and a thrice-yearly Christian Comment. His major work is a partly-fictionalised book based on the missionary journeys of St Paul, as recorded in “The Acts of the Apostles”. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, fly-fishing, and mowing with a scythe, a recently-acquired skill that he finds very useful in his role as a volunteer on the local Nature Reserve.