On 1st May we were pleased to welcome John Bown, a retired police officer, who has written a book entitled “British Bobby on International Beat”, described as “the extraordinary journeys of a very ordinary bloke”. John’s easy going manner and sense of humour assured us of an enjoyable evening.
Born and brought up in Derbyshire, John also served his police career in the county. His father died when he was only four, so he did not have an easy childhood, but always wanted to join the police force, which he did at 16 years old. At around this time he also became a committed Christian and has been active in church life for many years. After retirement, on completing his 30 years’ service, John worked for Group 4 Services, where he continued to work in training, which he had gained qualifications for during his police career. As a result he went to work in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to assist in training the police there, following the country’s freedom. A few months later he narrowly escaped death when a grenade exploded close by when he was dining out with his wife and two friends. However, he returned to Ethiopia later and continued his work there, all a truly remarkable story. He also worked in South Sudan, Nigeria and Jamaica, so has plenty to tell of his experiences.
Copies of John’s book were for sale and the profit from each ensures that 50p goes to the Fistula Hospital and 50p to the Saltergate Children’s Home, both in Addis Ababa, causes which are special to him.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 5th June, when Mavis Chambers will be leading us in a light hearted quiz, so we should have a fun evening.
TrIsh Law, Committee Member. Tel: 450407