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For more than 25 years Stuart was the Organist and Choirmaster of Dedham Parish Church, before training for the preaching ministry as a Reader, in which capacity he led services, taught, preached, and pastorally cared for the people of Dedham.
His death in July, on the same day as Margarita Moate, brought to an end half a lifetime of service to our church and community. Stuart's funeral service was held on Wednesday 14 August at Lawford church, his family home being in that parish.
There will be a special service of Evensong in Dedham in his memory at 6.30 pm on Sunday 13 October.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
A project has been begun that will be of tremendous interest to the many who have an interest in the family roots in Dedham.
At the invitation of the Vicar & Lecturer, Gary Sanford is creating facsimile editions of our church registers, with transcriptions of the difficult-to-read original entries and, eventually, a full index to all of the registers for the period 1560-1900.
Manuscript transcriptions, as far as 1812, were done back in 1912 by the Rev'd Reg Grubbe, a retired Vicar of Ardleigh. Modern computer technology has meant that this tremendous task is now possible with somewhat less effort and at an affordable cost.
The Parish Church is very grateful to the family of the late Samantha Hunnable who have given a donation in her memory that will help to cover the cost of the six or seven volumes that it will take to complete the task.
The first volume, from 1560-1630, should be available before the end of this year.
The Vicar & Lecturer is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Verger. Gabriel Watson, wife of the Director of Music, Antony, has kindly accepted the invitation to succeed George Beeken, who retired last year.
The Vicar & Lecturer welcomes the appointment of a new Financial Administrator for the Parish Church. Sara Marshall, who is an accountant, is taking up this part-time role from the beginning of August. Sara lives on Gun Hill, Dedham, in a house that was once the vicarage for Langham.
Our thanks are due to Tracy Woods who was persuaded to 'hold the fort' in emergency and who has done so for more than a year; and to Katrina Ablett who continues to give her time in administrative support.
THANK YOU, CHRISTOPHER!
Christopher Bailey has stepped down from more than a decade of being a Governor of the Primary School, much of the time he has been the Chairman of Governors.
His very great service to this community was acknowledged by the School on several occasions - but it is important to note here that his leadership, judgement and considerable efforts have meant that he leaves the School in very fine form.
On behalf of the community (more than the village of Dedham), thank you, Christopher.
FOR YOUR PRAYERS
Our Reader Emeritus and former parish church Director of Music, Stuart Wilson, has been very ill in Colchester County Hospital. At the same time, Margarita Moate, wife of the Vicar & Lecturer, has been very ill in the same ward.
Stuart and Margarita and their respective families are grateful for the practical kindness that has been shown to them, and most of all for your supportive prayers.
Stuart has now moved to a nursing home. Margarita is convalescing in the Vicarage; until further notice the Vicar, Gerard, is working half-time while he is caring for his wife.