Neville Smith was born in Leicester in 1931. After university and national service, he trained for the Anglican ministry and was ordained in 1957 by Michael Ramsey—the Archbishop of York at that time. He served ten years in that diocese—five of them as vicar of a moorland parish—before entering hospital chaplaincy, ending his career as chaplain of Guy's Hospital. Guy's stands in the parish of Southwark Cathedral, where he has been an honorary member of the Cathedral clergy since 1990, now with the title of Honorary Minor Canon.
Why do we want to share our memories?
At a time when an increasing number of people are living longer, for some, later years may be enjoyed as ripe old age. For others, they may be a time of uncertainty, isolation and loneliness. For both, memories can be a resource from the past which enables us to live in the present. For that to happen, memories need to be shared.