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Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 22:12
Anniversary Weekend 24/25 Sep
300 years is an incredible milestone and this weekend’s celebrations on 24/25th September are the culmination of many months of events leading up to this special celebration.
I would love to be there but the Sunshine Coast is a long way away therefore I look forward to reading about the event and to seeing many photos posted on this website.
The Baptist Church has been a big part of village life over the years and so I hope that Suttoners are out in force to help celebrate the event and unveiling on Saturday and to the special service on Sunday.
I wish everyone involved good luck and blessings for a big turn out and for a very happy weekend. I am sure many like me, who are unable to attend, will be with you in our thoughts.
David Laycock
Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:13
Thanks Brenda for your message. Yes it would be great to be part of the congregation on this weekend. Our prayers and good wishes from all at Balwyn North Baptist be with you.
Alan Pickles
Saturday, September 24, 2011 19:38
I have had the pleasure of attending the Saturday gathering of the celebrations. This afternoon the Chapel was awash with faces old and new to me. (I even met Brenda's sister). Those responsible for the hard work which they have put in to collecting, collating, and exhibiting the items on display deserve a very big "Thank You" from all of us. I have sent one or two photos to Brenda and hope to attend tomorrow morning in order that I can get some more. They are not professional standard but if anyone wants copies, I will gladly forward them. The memorial was unvailed by Mrs. Edith Sugden, Janet and Phillip's mum. and the plaque on the wall of thebeck was also unveiled. All in all, a very pleasant experience to have attended, and a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Saturday, September 24, 2011 22:57
Thank you Alan for the photos and for sharing your trip down memory lane.
It is rather fitting isn't it, that the plaque is now on the wall of the beck - and also that of the beautiful paintings by Denis that are included in the Anniversary year calendar, there has one of that self same spot - which, although it is a speciall place of baptism it was also a favourite for catching tiddlers without getting wet feet.!
Thanks again Alan and I look forward to the next batch !
David Laycock
Monday, September 26, 2011 12:25
Hi Alan and Brenda,
I had an e mail from my cousin Ruth re the Anniversary and mentioned how well it went and she had caught up a lot of old faces. Alan, would welcome a photo or two if available.
Paul Wilkinson
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 11:43
Thanks for the photos Alan, Ive set up a page in the gallery.
Howard Barrett
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 18:35
Excellent photos Alan. Thanks for taking the time to capture the event.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 21:59
I endorse Howard's thank you Alan - thank you for identifying the folks around you, it was very helpful and more than a little interesting !! I particularly appreciate the photo of my uncle Allen Chapman and Barbara with my sister Eileen Hobson and her daughter Gillian. As Eileen will be here in a couple of weeks I cant wait for her updates too. The McWhinney sisters - a real blast from the past for me.

I understand that Rita, Peter, Elma and Betty have been the strength behind the events throughout the year, they deserve a special thank you for all their hard work and dedication.

Barbara has sent me a description of the memorial, these are her words, and I think worth sharing for those of us who were not able to be there .........
"It is in the form of the Christian Symbol of the fish,but is also representative of an eye - The eye of God upon all of us. In the centre as the pupil of the eye is the figure of a man and where his heart would be is a cross shaped space where the light will shine through, representing the light needed in the heart to find God. The whole thing is in stainless steel which also reflects a person's image when they look at it"
It seems to me that the designer has captured such a lot in his design.
Thank you - ALL.
David Laycock
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 22:43
I agree with all regarding the Anniversary photos. Makes you feel old, some people have changed naturally, but some can be recognised ie Betty Mitchell, Peter Barsby. Thanks to all from David in Aus.
Should be a good time Brenda for you and your sister Eileen.
Howard Barrett
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 23:24
The lady stood on the grass, alongside the silver car at the Saturday ceremony, is Joan Cox, nee Barrett, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Barrett.
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Saturday, October 1, 2011 12:55
Some great snaps of the 'South Craven Baptist Church 300th Anniversary Celebrations' Alan, well done.

Some familiar faces including my former school head master Mr Barsby (couldn't and wouldn't call teachers by their first names back then).

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