Q&A with Reverend Michael Bentley
April 30, 2012
Michael, aged 76, is, among other things, a retired Baptist minister, chairman of the Bracknell Forest Society and author of 16 books
What is your favourite food? Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with roast potatoes.
What is your favourite holiday destination? The tiny ‘almost-atoll’ of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, South Pacific
What is your favourite TV programme? At the moment it is ‘Pointless’ or the sitcom ‘Rev.’
What was your first pet and its name? We lived in Edenbridge in Kent during the war and as the German bombers flew over each night one of my ‘comforts’ was a grey kitten, with the name of ‘Puss.’
What is your favourite film? The Odd Couple.
What painting or photo do you have on your wall or desk? Several photos of my son Simon who was killed in a car crash in 1987 when he was 18.
Who would your ideal dinner guests be? Dame Judi Dench and J.C. Ryle, the first Bishop of Liverpool.
What car do you drive? A Ford Fusion – and I love it.
What makes you smile? Little children when they get a fit of the giggles.
What was your first job? Trainee music librarian in Soho.
What hobby/hobbies do you have? Gardening, photography and travelling.
What do you like about Bracknell Forest? The people.
What is the one thing you would like to change about Bracknell Forest and why? I would love to see Bracknell Town Centre thriving with many interesting little shops, as it had when I first came here.