I’m originally from Northern Ireland where I went to school, studied at Queen’s University Belfast, and then taught for 6 years at the Methodist College in Belfast. I was very involved in the Corrymeela Community as a work camp leader and Executive member, and jointly with EYS (European Youth Service) co-led two work camps working on reconciliation. In November1975 I went to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as a teacher of Physics.
In October 1975 I went briefly to Kingsmead (Methodist Mission Training) College in Birmingham and met Tim Bridgeman, who was going to Solomon Islands. We agreed to write as our leaves would not coincide… but in God’s strange ways, after two years, in Christmas 1977 we got engaged, and we were married December 1979.
In January 1980 we went together to Goldie College, a boarding school on the small island of Munda in the Solomon Islands, where both of us taught and were very involved in school life. We very much got to know the students and their families, especially those we visited. We keep in touch now with many by Facebook.
Since returning to the UK in 1988 we have lived in Birmingham, Wickersley and now Clitheroe (21 years). I am involved in Clitheroe Circuit as a Local Preacher, Tutor, and Circuit Steward, and in the District I am on the One Mission Committee and MWiB.