St Bride's: News

A Story of Loyalty & Devotion to the Church

40 Years

The remarkable loyal devotion and service to St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, in the heart of the City of London, by Janet and Terence Smith, has been strengthened even further when a new stand for the ceremonial mace, which they had specially commissioned, was presented to the church and dedicated by Canon David Meara.

The stand was the work of Dr Duncan Gorton and Andrew Farnham, the St Albans-based craftsmen who in recent years, have produced other items in English oak for use in the church. They had discussions with the Smiths before completing the stand in time for the ruby wedding celebrations of Janet and Terence.

The family held a party at their Mitcham, Surrey, home, for family and friends and the following day, a wedding cake in the shape of St Bride's was cut and pieces handed out to members of the congregation. Warm tributes to the couple for their outstanding service to the church, supported by their close family of Nicola, Lesley, Angela and Adrian, were paid after the service.

Janet and Terence were given a special gift by their family. Let Terence explain:

The gift was to spend a day at a wedding ring workshop in Hatton Garden, London, where, with help, we made new wedding rings for each other. After making the rings, the day ended with a meal where we were joined by two other couples who had also made their rings at the same time. The rings were engraved with the relevant dates of 22 May 1971 - 2011

It was fitting that the Sunday school, which is expertly run by Janet, Nicola and Lesley, was well represented for the celebrations at the conclusion of Eucharist, in which the Smiths had a particular interest in the music!

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