These are the miscellaneous writings of the Reverend W. John
Green who was born at Stambermill, near Stourbridge in the English West
Midlands, on April 15th, 1923.
The first half of his life was devoted to the gas industry.
He studied engineering at Birmingham University during World War II, and
after graduation, began a peripatetic lifestyle which took him to various
gasworks scattered all over the United Kingdom.
He married Mavis, the daughter of a Police
Superintendent, in 1947, and for a few years they travelled around the
country as the demands of work required.
Eventually promotion brought stability, and in 1950
they moved to the south-western suburbs of Glasgow where, in
1952 and 1955 their son and daughter were born.
In 1960 promotion triggered a move to south-east England
when he became one of thousands of commuters making the daily train journey
from a Kent village to an office in Central London. This new life style must
have seemed frantic and claustrophobic after the freedom and open spaces of
Scotland, and in 1962 he abandoned the 'rat race' in favour of Rochester
He was ordained in Gloucester Cathedral in 1966, and was
appointed curate in the Cotswold village of Minchinhampton. In 1968 he moved
to Hardwicke, to the south of Gloucester, and in September 1970 he became
Rector of Eastington near Stonehouse in Gloucestershire.
His first incumbency lasted 10 years, after which, in 1980
he was appointed to South Cerney, another Cotswold village near Cirencester.
However the work-load at South Cerney (where he was responsible for two
other churches at Down Ampney and Cerney Wick) was high, and in 1987 he
suffered a heart-attack from which he made a good recovery. After this he
moved to the small parish of Maisemore just outside Gloucester where in
addition to parish work, he continued to make his engineering skills
available to the diocese of Gloucester by giving advice on church heating
He retired in 1990, moving with Mavis to the small village
of Upavon, near Pewsey in Wiltshire., where he continued to make a
significant contribution to the life of the Church of England in the Pewsey
Mavis died unexpectedly on November 13th 1997, after what
everybody assumed was a fairly routine hospital operation, but John remained
in Upavon where the self-sufficiency learned in military training during the
war, and the support given by his daughter (who lived a few miles away)
enabled him to carry on.
In February 2004 he suffered a major stroke, and his last
days were spent in Salisbury District Hospital where he died on March 12th.
This web site presents a collection of his writings as a
tribute to his multi-faceted personality. They are grouped under the loose
headings of "humour", "memoirs",
"Poems", "Sermons", "Thoughts"
and "Resources". From among these writings it is
impossible to find a short phrase that 'sums up' the man, but his poem 'A
Fishy Hereafter' was greatly appreciated when read out at his memorial
service in Upavon Church.