Retired seaman's key role in South Norfolk church 

Many retired people play a vital role in the local church, including former chief seaman David Tranter who is chairman of his PCC in South Norfolk. Kevin Gotts reports.

With 40 years’ service in the merchant navy, former chief engineer David Tranter has been able to use his skills and experience in the running of a local Parish Church. 
David, from Poringland in South Norfolk, retired in 2001 and within two years was supporting his wife Frankie, active in St Andrews Church in nearby Framingham Pigot.
David said: “Starting off as a volunteer, helping Frankie and dealing with minor maintenance, it was not long before I was being volunteered by others.  Firstly serving on the Parochial Church Council, and then as a Synod Representative.  I went along not expecting much, but could be surprised.”
“In the Navy we had to work together for the ships to survive, helping people along and getting stuck in, and this influence is engraved in my mind set,” continued David.
A year ago he was elected acting chairman during the Interregnum – period during the filling of the vacancy of a replacement clergy – and looking after necessary arrangements. 
With Frankie serving as a Church Warden, David can be found printing “5 Alive”, a monthly news sheet for the Thurton Benefice.
David describes St Andrew’s Church, “a refuge which warmly welcomes those from a wider area and typically attracts 12 to 20 worshippers for our 8.15am services and up to 40 for the 11am.”

Pictured above is former chief engineer David Tranter.


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