After our 'Do-it-Yourself' Breakfast in July,
we were pleased to return to our usual venue, The Beauchamp Arms Pub, for our Breakfast on Saturday 2nd September. Unfortunately, our advertised guest - the recently appointed Bishop of Tewkesbury - had to cancel at 24 hours notice due to a personal family problem, so we were pleased to welcome instead Rev'd Ryc Smith, a retired priest from Ledbury who's been helping-out in our benefice during the vacancy between Rectors. (Return to top)
Ryc told us about his 'journey'. Born near Manchester to Quaker parents, he was brought up with the concept of God, though not an Anglican.
His father had worked in the world of cotton but he died when Ryc was quite young, so his mother moved to Dorset and took up farming. As he grew up, Ryc felt called to go to the local church. Leaving school at 16, he had jobs in several industries including accountancy, banking and
commodity trading before going into the army (Tank Corps) in his late twenties. However, he fairly quickly moved on to the Horse Guards where he applied for Officer Training. (Return to top)
When felt called to work with people, he left the army and trained for the priesthood. He did a conventional training with a 'martinet' priest who insisted he started 'work' in his cassock at 7:30am and worked through to 9:30pm by attending Morning Prayer before visiting parishioners and diving into parish life in a big way, which he found useful in his later jobs as vicar and hospital chaplain, and was interesting to us who heard his account. (Return to top)