Monday, May 16, 2011

Visiting the Church

A visitor to the church this afternoon was Christine Erskine (formerly Prestage). Christine lived in Eastholm from 1942 to 1958 and attended Henrietta Barnett Junior and Senior Schools. Her father Cyril Prestage was a member of the choir, and Christine attended Sunday School at St Jude's - then held in the Lady Chapel. Charles and Rosemary Proctor were their next door neighbours in Eastholm.

The church at the time was being prepared for a recording by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

50 Years Ago

Half a century ago on 7 May 1961 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Consecration of the Church.. The president and preacher was the Rt Revd Gerald Ellison. Bishop of Chester and later Bishop of London. The Bishop dedicated a bust of the late Revd William Maxwell Rennie (Vicar of St Jude's 1936 - 1954) by his daughter Rosemary, wife of the Charles Proctor the organist. The bust is positioned to the right of the St George's altar beneath the memorial to her brother Michael Rennie who died after rescuing children from the evacuation ship City of Benares which had been sunk as a result of enemy action. The memorial was painted by the church artist Walter Starmer who was present in the congregation on what was probably his last visit to the church.

Mrs Rosemary Proctor with the Bishop and the Vicar
the Revd William Masters.

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