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David is the seventh generation of Gwatkin to farm in the Welsh Marches. His background and his personal experience make him all too aware of the often overwhelming pressures farmers, their families and communities can face."Like farming, being a chaplain is often about leaving the comfort of our church, our home behind and getting out there, getting muddy, going where the need is.....

Nick is a self-supporting Anglican Priest licensed by Hereford Diocese as an Associate Agricultural Chaplain. His paid employment is Director of the Bulmer Foundation, a sustainable development charity based in Hereford. Before ordination he worked for the National Farmers Union and chaired a national working party dealing with farm stress and suicide out of which grew a number of....

Being a farmer's daughter and with her brother hill farming, Sue has always been concerned for the welfare of farming communities. She is also a bereavement visitor with proven listening skills vital to the chaplaincy role. Sue foresees online registration as an unwelcome demand on farmers' already limited time. Sue is keen to be a Borderlands presence at livestock markets."As....

Agricultural Contractor David Dutton sees his chaplaincy role at Borderlands as an opportunity to bring a "Christian slant to what I do". A former farm manager, David was already supporting farmers through Shropshire Rural Support when Borderlands secretary David Jones approached him to join the chaplaincy. Born and raised on a farm, David is accustomed to the farming lifestyle and....

Bob Bates

Born and brought up in Northamptonshire, Bob came to ministry withina group of four rural parishes, where he grew to see God's year not onlyin the church's seasons but also in the seasons of the farming fraternity.Traditionally, the wide river valleys of the district, grazed cattle forleather for the Boot and Shoe industry which was predominant half acentury ago in the area and....

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