Retirement opened up a range of other possibilities however. Last year Trevor gained a History degree from the Open University. “As an 11-plus ‘failure’ of the 1950s I have been motivated to prove myself ever since,” he told the Budleigh Journal in May 2014. “The achievement of an Open University degree at the age of 71 is therefore the realisation of a life-long dream.”
Trevor is also Treasurer of the Otter Valley Association and helps to administer its Local Heritage Assets Scheme. He’s a steward at the National Trust’s A La Ronde at Exmouth. And if that were not enough, he runs the Exeter Flotilla’s Annual Trafalgar Service at Exeter Cathedral. This is an event that draws a large congregation, normally including the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff of Devon, the Lord Mayor of Exeter and other senior civic dignitaries together with senior Royal Navy and Royal Marine Officers.
It’s pretty clear that quirky little Fairlynch Museum will be maintaining the success that it has enjoyed under the previous chairmanship of Roger Sherriff. Under Trevor, some would say, it’ll be combining its quirky charm with naval efficiency, going full steam ahead and running like clockwork.