Church Monuments Society
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NOTICE FOR THE 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Church Monuments Society will be held at 2.00pm on Saturday, 23 September 2017 at the Porch Room, All Hallows by the Tower, Byward Street, London EC3R 5BU.
Members will be sad to hear of the death of Dr David Kelsall on 23 December. Artist, potter, bookbinder, goldsmith, IT expert, he was a true renaissance man. Fuller obituary and a guest book at
In memoria aeterna erit iustus,
ab auditione mala non timebit.
The funeral will be at 2pm on 31st Jan. in the Lady Chapel of St Alban's Cathedral, where Dr Kelsall was for many years the Cathedral Archivist. (Please note, though, that there is no parking in the Cathedral Precincts, except for the Disabled, provided they book in advance as there is very limited space available.) More information from Phillips Funeral Directors, 01727 851009.
Peter Hacker 1943-
Peter Hacker, a well known member of the Society, sadly died on 28 November and his life was celebrated at a simple and moving funeral, in Harrogate, on 16 December.
Peter was someone who had many interests and enthusiasms that ranged from steam trains to choral music, for a number of years he sang with a local choral society. Peter, as he said himself, was a proud son of Somerset, where he was educated at Taunton School, and equally proud of his adopted town of Harrogate where he was, for many years, a ‘fixture’ in the antique scene. Peter was a committee member of the Harrogate Civic Society one of whose activities was the installation of plaques on buildings where notable inhabitants of the town had lived. He was also vociferous about building plans that he felt would not enhance the town – but this did not mean he opposed progress.
Together with Patrick Farman, Peter contributed much information to volumes of the Monumental Brass Society’s revision of the county list. He liked Victorian brasses, often overlooked until relatively recent years, although he was less fond of what he termed ‘boring Victorian inscriptions’.
Many members of the CMS will remember Peter for the excursions he organised, with Patrick, in Yorkshire. Meticulous planning ensured that these days were not only highly informative but great fun. As well as an eclectic mix of monuments and architecture, creature comforts, including splendid teas, were never forgotten.
Peter was a gregarious man, with strong opinions and a great love of life. Some of us remember his laughter echoing around a church. We have sat outside churches while he enjoyed a cigarette and exchanged tales of intrigue. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and acquaintances.
Derrick Chivers and Hilary Wheeler
Click here to read the Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting held on Saturday,
24 September 2016
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