Faithtime with Dick: Sunday 9am – 10am
I was born in Bath and after leaving school at 17, won a Navy flying scholarship which enabled me to get my pilot’s licence. I came home and took my driving test and failed! During that year I worked locally as a garage handy man, washing up in a local restaurant and as a golf course green keeper. At 18 I joined the Royal Tank Regiment as a trooper and was posted to Catterick in North Yorkshire. After nine months as a tank radio operator loader, I was selected for officer training at Sandhurst. I joined the Light Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant and went straight to Ireland at the height of the troubles, which was a shock to me as I came under fire many times, and sustained four casualties including one killed. It was during this period I was starting to question what life was all about.
After three tours in Northern Ireland as a platoon commander I went to University, where I became a Christian in the first term there. I spent another seven years in the Army and left to look after my now elderly father in his own home. I spent 6 years doing this, renovating his house and looking after him in his terminal illness. After my father died I married a long time friend Cherry. We have two boys and were involved in Holy Trinity Church, Combe Down. I retrained as an accountant and now work in a Mental Health Trust in financial and business planning.
I have been and am still involved in overseas charity work in Indonesia, Jamaica, Tanzania and South Sudan, and I am also an Anglican lay preacher, based in Peasedown St John. I think Somer Valley radio is great and am really pleased to be part of the programmes. I love music both classical, modern and bluegrass