A Kentish rector, the Reverend Narborough Hughes D'Aeth, recently decided to leave his peaceful parish of East Langdon, UK, and take his family to start a new life on a small island off the coast of Tasmania - remote Flinders Island.
MV Sign 'East Langdon'
GV Village PAN to pub
MV Ducks in pond
GV Sign 'Guston'
GV Village street
GV Guston Church
GV Rectory, reporter going in
CV Notive sale of furniture PLEASE USE VOICE OVBF SHOTS 1-11 AS GUIDE ONLY
TRANSCRIPT: MV Rector, daughter and reporter ZOOM TO CV SOF STARTS... QUESTION: "Mr. D'Aeth, how do you come to be rector of East Langdon and Guston?"
ANSWER: "Well, after 40 years in the Air Force, for the last 5 years of so I've been thinking that I was obviously called to go into the Church. So when I retired in 1956 as an Air Vice-Marshal I went to Lincoln Theological College, and in 1957 I was ordained, and after a period as curate I came here to this parish or the combined parishes of East Langdon with Guston."
"Now I understand you're going thousands of miles away to Tasmania, to an Island off the Tasmanian coast, Flinders Island. Why are you doing that?"
"Well, it isn't that I want to leave here, or that I'm happy about leaving here. There are two parishes with two lovely Churches, built in the time of William the Conqueror, but - after the active life I've led I feel I should have a more active life in the Church now."
"What do you hope to find on Flinders Island what you haven't got here?"
"Well, first of all, the problem is quite a different one. In England there are enough parsons, but there aren't enough churchgoers. In Australia they're very very short of parsons but people themselves are good churchgoers. In addition to that there'll be two or three churches on the mainland, and one on Cape Baren Island, and a population of about 2000 ex-service people."
"So you feel there'll be plenty of work for you?"
"I feel that there'll be a great deal more work for me."
"What does your daughter Nicola think about this? Nicola, what do you think about this trip?"
"Well, I'm naturally very excited about it all and I think its' a chance and experience not to be missed."
"What are you looking forward to particularly?"
"I think meeting new people, and especially the swimming and the riding there." INTERVIEWER.."Well, I wish you both a very happy times in Flinders Island." BOTH....."Thank you."
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Background: A Kentish rector, the Reverend Narborough Hughes D'Aeth, recently decided to leave his peaceful parish of East Langdon, UK, and take his family to start a new life on a small island off the coast of Tasmania - remote Flinders Island.
The Reverend D'Aeth - who was once an Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force - is no ordinary country parson. He has taken part in several record-breaking flights all over the world. Before he retired to his East Langdon parish he was in the British Arctic Air Route Expedition in 1930, and after the last war he commanded the Air Force in Malta for some time.
Asked about his new life, the Reverend D'Aeth said (SOF) that after 40 years in the Air Force he was called to the church, was ordained in 1957, and came to the combined parishes of East Langdon and Guston after a period as curate. He now feels that, despite his happy years in the service.
One strong reason for the rector's departure is that in England he thinks there are many parsons but too few churchgoers. On Flinders Island they are good churchgoers but there is a shortage of parsons. His daughter Nicola certainly thinks it a chance "not to be missed."