“preciousness and wonder in the mundane.” – Kinda leaps out at ya, don’t you think?
Ex-punk’s role at Broadmoor
The former drummer with 70s punk and New Wave band Tubeway Army has a new role – as a chaplain at Broadmoor Hospital.
More than 30 years on from his pop success, Reverend Bob Simmonds is spending his time helping patients at the high security psychiatric hospital in Crowthorne.
He took up the role last month.
He said: “I take delight in the physicality and therapeutic nature of percussion and try to present spirituality in a modern way.
“I understand that religion can be daunting and people do not like being preached to.
“Instead I try to help people find preciousness and wonder in the mundane.”
Rev Simmonds’ stint drumming for Gary Numan’s Tubeway Army was a short one, lasting from late 1977 to early 1978.
Since then he has been committed to working with the most vulnerable people in society, spending time working at HMP Peterborough and Maudsley Hospital in London.
Rev Simmonds added: “The chaplaincy at Broadmoor Hospital has built a strong reputation amongst both patients and staff as a friendly and accessible resource for spiritual and pastoral care and I hope to bring fresh insight and energy into the team.”