|Who am I?|
|My name is Alan Richards and I am a Cornishman living in Hornchurch, Essex, England. I am married to
Fiona and I have two children, Natalie, married to Sam, who have two daughters, Jessica
& Rebecca , and
Timothy, married to Yvonne, who have two daughters, Zara and Ellise.
I trained as a teacher at the College of S.Mark & S.John (Marjons) from 1962 - 65. I then began my career as a Maths teacher but in the latter years I became a teacher of Computer Studies and then Information Technology until Easter 1996 when I took early retirement.
I now spend my time running my I.T. consultancy business (Sounds Exciting), doing some supply teaching, browsing around the Internet, fulfilling my duties as Churchwarden of my Church, All Saints, Squirrels Heath, and generally pottering about. My wife is an ex-teacher and chef, who decided, in 1996, to sell her restaurant and spend more time on her hobbies, ballroom & Scottish dancing, sewing. She spends most of her time sewing for a local shop but she has taken time out to do a creative writing course.
|My main interests.|
|In addition to computing, gardening, model
making, photography and DIY, and when I'm on holiday I enjoy
browsing around gardens, museums, stately homes and sites of historical interest. I am a
member of the Queen's Theatre Club. For over thirty years I did stage management, stage
design and lighting in Amateur Drama Groups (I'm an Associate of the Drama Board) but a
year or two back I decided to take a break from amateur theatre.
I have recently spent a considerable amount of time updating the history of my Parish Church, All Saints, Squirrels Heath. I found that to be a somewhat frustrating but, at the same time, rewarding experience. In recent years I have been a Churchwarden which also takes up a fair amount of my time.
|The photo on the right is a design based on a Celtic Cross, in lime, about 12 inches high, carved by me some years ago when I was experimenting with wood carving. It now has a permanent home in my church. I am still interested in wood but the hobby of wood carving seems to have been displaced by other interests.|
I have a great love of Cornwall and all things Cornish and I wanted to produce something that showed those feelings. These pages are partially an experiment. My aim was not to produced pages that would win awards for design but to try display sensibly my interests.
One thing that has happened over the years is that my page of Cornish links grew to such a size that I removed it to a site of it's own: http://www.cornishlinks.net
That's enough about me!
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