Farnborough Rotary club‘s latest new member.

Ted was born in Balham in South London in 1947, Ted became an estimator for light
engineering in the building trade in central London after he left school working at
such places as High Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Sloane Square. Farnborough Rotary Club Member Ted BenneyworthHe married
Freda in 1967 and both of them entered the Salvation Army training college at
Denmark Hill in London in 1969.

On completion of their training and ordination in 1971 Ted and Freda were posted to Yorkshire where they had several appointments. It was light years away from
the London which was were familiar to them. They then spent several years in appointments close to the M25 to the south west of London. Following this Ted was
posted to Folkestone in 1994 where he first joined the Rotary Club, spending the last year there as chairman of the community service committee. During this appointment
the Rotary Club of Folkestone and the Salvation Army provided relief and support following a severe flood.

After this Ted was appointed to Eastbourne in 1998, where he was also a member of Rotary, but to his surprise two years later he was posted to divisional headquarters in
north Scotland as divisional director for evangelism. This involved travelling all over the north of Scotland, including the some of the islands. It was not unusual to travel
four or five hundred miles in a day with several meetings, with the record being 1,645 miles in a week. This was a wonderful experience, which he would not have missed
for the world.

Having completed 29 years in front-line church ministry and five years in an
administrative role, during which he has reached the rank of Major, Ted and
Freda returned to church life for another seven years, being responsible for a large
congregation until their retirement in June of this year. They have two children,
Joanne who lives in Farnborough and owns a branch of a nation-wide optician and
Martin who is a manager of game/computer shop and lives in Aldershot.

It was during his time at Derby that Ted served as the club protection officer also
health and safety officer and finally as President just prior to retirement and moving to
Farnborough.

Ted’s hobbies are fishing, music and travel as well as continuing to work for the
Salvation Army in what is now a voluntary role, which still includes leading worship
services as well as conducting marriages, funerals and the equivalent of christenings.

Ted is looking forward to not only sharing in the fellowship of the club but also
making what will hopefully be a worthwhile contribution to the community.

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