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Dorothy McDougall (2000) was born in Birmingham and has also lived in Portsmouth, where her four children were born, and Yorkshire. She was married for many years to Stuart, a Priest. She has six grandchildren and is now a great grandmother. She has worked as a clerical assistant, auxiliary nurse, NHS nursing assistant and, for the CAB, as a money advisor. Her voluntary roles have included witness support at the Magistrates’ Court. Her interests include gardening, reading, embroidery, CND, Greenpeace and housing.

David Darling (2019).  Having spent much of his ministry in a religious order, David appreciates living in a community again with the opportunity to pray and worship with others whilst also living independently. He enjoys the beautiful grounds and the fact that the Colleges are at the top of the High Street with its shops, cafes, cinemas and theatres. Easy access to central London means he is able to carry on his ministry of spiritual direction both there and here in Bromley.

Paul and Ruth Allton (2016). Paul’s ministry was almost entirely in the Norfolk Diocese and Ruth worked as a Dental Surgeon. Despite the difference between Norfolk and Bromley, they settled in quickly and enjoy living in the College despite being country mice! They appreciate the co-existence of the rich community life and independent living and look forward to more years in this very pleasant place.

Bob Wallace (2015) was a regular visitor to Bromley College 1976-79 when, as Curate of St Mary’s, Bromley, his Post Ordination Training Tutor was Fr James Scott (the first priest to retire here). Following ministry in Rochester and Chelmsford Dioceses, he returned here after spinal surgery and early retirement.  He serves as Honorary Assistant Priest in the Parish of  St Francis of Assisi, Petts Wood.