Six contemporary experiences of solitude
Wednesday lunchtimes 12.30 – 1pm
|‘All the lonely people …’ (Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles 1966)
Anne-Marie Drummond and Louise West from Winchester Samaritans
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. The core values of support, trust, aspiration and respect serve the confidentiality of their listening, their non-judgemental approach and the human contact they give through the telephone, email, letters or face to face support they offer. Dr Anne-Marie Drummond is the director of Winchester Samaritans; Louise West is a former curator of the Jane Austen Museum at Chawton, and is a Samaritans volunteer.
|Growing Older – will silence be friend or foe?
Pioneer and founder of Anna Chaplaincy for Older People, Debbie is a former journalist and broadcaster; a Church of England licensed lay minister (LLM) and Canon Emeritus of Winchester Cathedral. Debbie first trained as a newspaper journalist in London and Norfolk and then began working for BBC local radio stations in Leicester and at Radio Solent in Southampton, before moving on to mainstream radio and television. Her media experience informs her approach to promoting the spiritual welfare of older people, using the narrative of people’s lives to seek shape, meaning and purpose, and to foster hope and resilience.
Terry Waite wrote his first book, Taken on Trust (1993), in his head when he was denied pen or paper during his nearly five year captivity in Beirut, and it was published on his release. It was followed by Footfalls in Memory (1995) a collection of poetry and prose that he recollected during his incarceration; Travels with a Primate and The Voyage of a Golden Handshake betray his much needed sense of humour when dealing with challenging situations. Although Terry Waite is in his mid-seventies he continues to be fully occupied in working for the homeless, hostages and their families, overseas development and many other humanitarian activities; and he continues to write.
|You don’t have to be alone
Vivienne Wheeler of ‘Friends of the Family’
Vivienne came to live in Winchester in 2007 after an enjoyable career in teaching in London, Lancashire and finally Hampshire. She retired as a Head teacher in 2009. During her last professional years in Hampshire she had been a consultant head teacher taking on the management role in three failing schools. Since retirement she has been a trustee of the Basics Bank in Winchester, a volunteer at St Cross, and at the cathedral shop, as well as having been Chair of Friends of the Family for the past eight years.
|In chains for the Gospel
The Rev’d David Hinks is Managing Chaplain at HM Prison/Young Offenders Institution, Winchester. He was ordained in 2007 and has always been interested in the criminal justice system, notably prisons. He is keen to point out that he and his colleagues from many faiths are chaplains to the prison, and not just prisoners. In his talk, David will give an overview of a day in the life of the prison and how the Chaplaincy Team serve those who live, work in, and come into contact with the prison.
|‘Leave me alone!’ Longing for space when there isn’t any
The Rev’d Julia Mourant is a priest in the Church of England and worked as the Winchester Diocesan Director of Ordinands for eight years. She now leads the Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction at Sarum College, Salisbury, where she is also engaged in training students for ordained ministry. Julia has an MA in coaching and mentoring practice and offers vocational coaching, supervision and spiritual conversation.
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