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Hon. Chaplain The Rev. Canon Roger Royle


Brinsworth came into my life through Dame Thora Hird. For many years I had been a regular visitor of hers so naturally when the time came for her to leave her home near Hyde Park and move to Brinsworth I transferred my visits to Twickenham.

Soon I realised what a caring community Brinsworth is and how professional that care is. I also realised that the residents are all part of a world which is never short of characters, many with stories to tell and fascinating memories to share.

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So when I was asked to be honorary Chaplain I was greatly honoured. Sadly I don't live on the door step so am unable to visit day in day out but I keep in touch as best I can.

Although retired myself now, I was ordained into the Church of England in 1962 and served in parishes in Portsmouth and South London before joining the staff of Southwark Cathedral as a dogsbody. From there I started a new project for the diocese of Oxford and Eton College in the parish of Dorney. Eton then made me its Conduct and Senior Chaplain. The world of show business then called. I still served the Church but earned my living as a broadcaster and writer. I presented programmes on BBC Radio 2 and was one of the regular presenters on Songs of Praise. At one time I had my own television show, networked by Southern Television and a weekly column in Woman's Realm and then Woman's Weekly. Show business took charge of my life when for two years I changed a cassock and surplice for exotic drag. I became Swindon's then Wimbledon's  panto Dame


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