Duncan Burr

Duncan came to live in the Albox area in 2005 from Blackburn Diocese, where he had been a Civil Engineer, specialising in the development of engineering and architectural computer software.

After first qualifying, he had initially worked for British Rail in London, where he took a youth leadership course at the Mayflower Centre in Canning Town, run by David Shepherd, later Bishop of Liverpool.  Leaving London in 1962, Duncan moved to Trowbridge, Wiltshire to work for the Surveyor’s Department of the local Council, and was duly confirmed into the Anglican Church at Salisbury Cathedral.

He married Jean in January 1964 and the couple became members of St Thomas’ Church in Trowbridge, where he was Youth Leader.

In 1965 the couple moved to Staveley, near Kendal, where Duncan was appointed to the County Surveyor’s Department of Westmorland County Council, worshipping at St Thomas’ Church Kendal, where Duncan was a member of the Youth Leadership Team as well as a Worship Leader in the Church.

In 1969, having discovered an ability with computers, Duncan was appointed a programming assistant at the North West Road Construction Unit in Preston, developing software for Highway and drainage design.

The Burrs, now with two young daughters, moved to Longridge in Lancashire and attended St. Michael in Grimsargh – the Church where they had been married. Here Duncan was involved in Sunday School and Youth leadership, as Sideman, on PCC, as a Church Warden and after suitable training, was licensed as Reader in 1985.

After 2 years in the Road Construction Unit, the County Council transferred Duncan from Surveyor’s to Architect’s Department, where he led a research project to evaluate the viability of developing software for Architectural Design with Cambridge University and it was during this stage of his career that Duncan travelled to the Lebanon and Papua New Guinea, experiencing something of the life of the church in these disparate Countries.

In 2005, following retirement, Duncan and Jean moved to Spain where they have an active involvement in the work of this vast Chaplaincy.  Duncan’s license was duly transferred and he is a Reader- leading worship, taking funerals, Chaplain to the Albox Branch of the Royal British Legion and writes “Pause for Thought” in a local English publication, among many other things.

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