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Kathleen M. Evans (nee Ransome)

 

We are saddened by the sudden death of Kathleen on Sunday,18th December 2011, aged 80 years.

She was the loving wife of the late Harold, much loved mum of Joyce, Nigel and the late Gillian, a dear mother-in-law, grandma, auntie and a good friend to many.

Although Kathleen had been a long-time member of Unity Church, she had for several years been a regular attender at Bank Street Chapel. She enjoyed her weekly bus trips to Bury and Chorley, and especially looked forward to brunch on Thursday at Chapel!

Stephen Lingwood conducted a very well attended funeral service for Kathleen at Overdale on 11th January 2012.

Kathleen will be missed by all who knew her, and we send our love and sympathy to her family.

Vera Rigby

Most of you at Bank St will have fond memories of Vera Rigby, who sadly passed away earlier this month. Myself and Adrienne had been fortunate to known her since we discovered the chapel in 1996. Known by many as "Auntie Vera" she seemed to be involved in almost everything. As we became more involved we got to know her better. At almost any event or meeting we went to, Brunch, fund raising events and NELUM committee meetings, Vera was there. Our relationship was really cemented when we were delegates at the 1999 AGM in London.

Lance Taylor.

IMG00056-20111016-1211It is with deep sadness that we have to report the death of Lance Taylor on 30th October 2011 at the age of 91 years. Granville Leather writes:

Lance Taylor – Some personal memories.

Christine and I first met Lance at the entrance to Bank Street Chapel on a cold Sunday morning in January 1980. Lance greeted us and made us feel so welcome that by the time we went home it seemed that Bank Street Chapel had been in our lives for ever.

{jcomments on}Jennifer Whitelaw.

  On 19th December, 2011, at Chow Bent Chapel, Rev. Brenda Catherall conducted a beautiful and emotional funeral service for Jennifer Whitelaw, whose untimely death on December 9th came as such a blow to her relatives and her many friends. The packed Chapel was ample testimony to the love and esteem with which Jennifer was regarded.

 

 

Tribute to Vera Rigby by Brian Tonge

 

Most of you at Bank St will have fond memories of Vera Rigby, who sadly passed away earlier this month. Myself and Adrienne had been fortunate to known her since we discovered the chapel in 1996. Known by many as "Auntie Vera" she seemed to be involved in almost everything. As we became more involved we got to know her better. At almost any event or meeting we went to, Brunch, fund raising events and NELUM committee meetings, Vera was there. Our relationship was really cemented when we were delegates at the 1999 AGM in London. Vera was going as an individual and we offered her a lift. On our way back to the guest house after a day of meetings, it started to rain. Vera, prepared as usual, pulled out a rain mate. I remarked that I hadn't seen one of those for a while and we embarked on a long discussion on the merits of the design.

To Vera's amusement I concluded that it deserved better marketing to appeal to the modern generation. From then on, whenever we wimg 1834ent on holiday, I would look for a rain related present to bring back as a present. Amongst these was a hat with built in small umbrella from France, long before Peter Kaye discovered them. One of her  favourites was a Beijing Olympics 2008 umbrella. She was among the first in the world to have one. I'm not sure it was officially licensed but we bought it for 10 yuan just a few days after it was announced that China had won the bid. In return she bought me a present, a top of the range rain mate, with polka dots and a peak! It came in very handy, as you can see, when I was caught in a sudden downpour on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea.

On the way back from the AGM we called to do a small job on a concrete batching plant near Banbury. Vera was fascinated. The regional manager was there to meet us and offered a cup of tea. When he saw the look on Vera's face when she saw the kitchen he was full of apologies. It was actually well above average for such sites, but he decided to go to the office and get 3 brand new promotional mugs for us to drink our tea and keep. Vera was impressed.
At a weekend in Hucklow we played cards in the evening, the children loved Auntie Vera. I offered her a glass of Baileys. She had a large glass and as I poured I said "Say when". She mustn't have heard as it almost over flowed. In the morning she said, with a sparkle in her eyes, "That Baileys was nice. Is it alcoholic?".

I could go on, inevitably this is just a small snap shot, and many of you wil have your own memories. In the end her death came very quickly. We last saw her shortly after she was admitted to a care home. As we shared memories, particularly of the London AGM, the sparkle came back in her eyes and for time she was her old self.  On that last visit to her we were fortunate enough to find her in good spirits but the subject of death was broached and we asked how she felt about that. She said she was prepared, but hoped she didn't suffer a lingering death.  She will always be there in our memories.

                                                                                                                                        Brian Tonge

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