PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

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PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby trainspotter » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:17 pm

I visited the Parish Church of St Lawrence at Barton on 27 December 2014. I met the verger of the church who told me that the side altar would be offered to the Regiment, as the Women's Institute had given it up because of their dwindling numbers.

I do not know if this has happened, however now that HHQ North is being closed, I wonder what will happen to the Regiment's presence there?

The Regiment's Columbarium is looking a bit worse for wear as is Bill Williams's memorial stone and they could do with some cleaning and restoration and as there will shortly be no Regimental representation in Preston may I suggest that a team of volunteers be recruited to look after the Regiment's own resting place?

Here are the photos of my visit.
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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby trainspotter » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:21 pm

Here are some more photos including one of the side alter.
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Postby trainspotter » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:25 pm

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Photo of Bill William's Memorial stone.

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby trainspotter » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:29 pm

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Photos of the Columbarium.

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Colubarium and church

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby Shep » Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:43 pm

Pete
what a great set of Photos
Some names I had forgotten

May they all be remembered and may they Rest In Peace

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby Paul Keller » Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:28 pm

Ditto to that Shep, it's were I want to be laid myself when I make my last posting
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Postby Bill Bentley » Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:37 pm

I also would like to say thanks for this post. You highlighted names of people that I knew well but was not aware of their passing, not sure if I'm sad for them or glad that they have been remembered in this way. Rip lads.

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby trainspotter » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:54 pm

Thank you Roy, Paul and Bill. It was quite a moving experience to visit St Lawrence and it was a great idea of Major Williams to set the Columbarium up.

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby incas » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:27 am

Thanks Peter.

I too was pleased to see the Remembrance Stones of the laying to rest especially of Bill Williams and Brian Stocker, with whom I served in the late 50's / early 60's, and of course the many others who served The Regiment.

I often wondered what had happened to Brian although I had been informed of Bill's passing.

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby FERDY » Tue Mar 10, 2015 1:11 pm

I am a Regular visitor to St. Lawrence Church, and the Regimental Garden and Columbarium, I have a Caravan just up the road in Bridgehouse Marina, in Garstang, and so pass the Church each time I visit!

I, almost always stop in, and have a ´Natter´ to Bill Williams, my old shooting Boss, and who was very much like a Dad to me when I served in the Regiment, I also spend some ´Quiet´ time with the the rest of them, all of the above shown, who I knew personally.

Nice to see that Bill Williams, And John MacGregor, who spent so much of their life together, ( it was a standing joke, within the Shooting Team, that they were joined at the hip ) are now at rest, Together, Bill Leading from the Front, and John, behind, only feet from each other !

The times that I have visited, the Grounds, the grassed areas have always been very well maintained.

I have to say that the Stonework of the Columbarium could use some attention, But, in particular The Hawk, and the words directly above it, on the Columbarium ! It is difficult to see the 14th, on the Hawk, as you can see from the Picture above, it seems to read 20th King´s Hussars !

I was there, last Tuesday, and I have to say, that Bill Williams Headstone is in much Better condition, than it appears on the above picture.

I attended Bill´s laying to rest, in front of the Columbarium, it was a particularly difficult day for me, I had spent most of my Army life around him, in the Regimental Shooting team, and as I said earlier, he was like a dad to me.

He was, as we all know, a really good HHQ (N) Secretary, 14th/20th through and through.

I was about to say, that if he could see the state of the Hawk now, it would have deeply depressed him, but, on second thoughts, it would not have got into that condition......................

HE WOULD HAVE SORTED IT !!!

I Personally hope that HHQ (N), Sort it before their Move South, and before the next Northern Reunion/Remembrance weekend in November that a few of us are trying to re kindle.

At the time of writing, a lot of interest has been shown in it, and it´s time that we all accepted, that whichever way you slice it, The King´s Royal Hussars is our Regiment, and we should support them.


It´s a ready made second Reunion for all those that have asked, and suggested that we have another, during and after ´The Great Blackpool Beer shortage´ otherwise known as the Great Noah´s Arc Reunion that we have early each year, Long may it continue !!!!

It is also an opportune time for us all to pay our respects to our Friends and colleagues that reside there !


Had that on my Chest for some time !!!
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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby Paul W. Baker » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:32 pm

Good afternoon gentlemen

This morning I spent a considerable amount of time on the phone discussing the Columbarium amongst other things with Maj. Steve Penkethman the newly appointed Regimental Secretary in HHQ(N).

I pointed out to him the concerns being voiced about the condition of the of the Columbarium and he has said the following:

1: The wall is the responsibility of The Regimental Association and if any work needs to be done it will be done by professionals that are appointed by the Regimental Association.

2: Under no circumstances is anyone to do anything to the Columbarium, talk to Steve Penkethman at HHQ(N).

3: A contract is in place for the keeping of the surrounding areas.

He thanks everyone for their concerns and interest.

I hope this helps!!

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Re: PARISH CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE BARTON

Postby Paul W. Baker » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:34 pm

That comes over very abrupt I know but I assure you he was not and fully understands everything and was exceptionally approachable and understanding. It is abrupt in the way I have written it, NOT in the way Mr Steve Penkethman told me!

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