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St Bride's: News

Nick Smith Memorial


Nick Smith
11th August 1947 -
8th November 2011

On Thursday 26th January, 2012, at 12:00 noon a service of thanksgiving for the life of Nick Smith, sub-editor, was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.


The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-

We gather today in St Bride's, parish church of Fleet Street and all who work in newspapers to remember Nick Smith, a great sub-editor, who began his journalistic career at the Rand Daily Mail and Cape Times in South Africa, moving to England and the Times, the Independent and latterly the Financial Times.

We remember Nick as a consummate and skilled wordsmith, who loved art, music, books and travel and who was a supportive friend and colleague.

As we remember Nick today, so we can commend him to Almighty God, confident that at the end of our brief day is the eternity of God's love.



Professor Brian Cathcart

Ann Gee


Maisie Hylton read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Amanda Austin read and excerpt from Diary of Bruce Cummings

Jenny Mulhall read Desiderata by Ehrmann

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.


The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-

Largo  from Xerxes - Handel

In Paradisum - Fauré

Psalm 23 - Howard Goodall

Laudate Dominum - Mozart (soloist Connie Novis)

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Bach

Bright Side Of The Road - Van Morrison arr. R Jones

Toccata from Fifth Symphony - Widor


Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

He Who Would Valiant Be



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