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Location Cowshill, Durham, United Kingdom
Introduction I live in Cowshill, a village 383 metres above sea level in Co. Durham. I have lived here since 1980. Mark, our son, has a daughter Katie born in 2006. Susan, our daughter is married to David and they have Lucy, born in 2005 and Oliver born 2007. I have worked part-time in the hotel in the village since 1980, and during the last few years, when Mark and Susan became adults, I studied with the Open University and gained an BSc(Hons)IT & Computing, and later gained my PGCE with Sunderland University, and am now a Trainee Reader in Durham diocese. I teach computer classes in the Community. I am churchwarden at Heatherycleugh church and also editor of the Benefice Church magazine, which covers 6 parishes. I was born in Wolsingham and moved to Ireshopeburn in 1969. My dad's maternal ancestors came from Upper Weardale, the Elliotts, and tracing further back are Pearts from Rush near Cowshill and Emmersons from Wham near Wearhead. His dad was from Cornwall and moved to Weardale after WWI. My mam's family are from Willington and Close Houses near Bishop Auckland, although she was raised in Hamsterley.