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16th September 1929 - 4th May 2015
On Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Ann Barr was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:-
We are here to honour the memory and to celebrate the life of Ann Barr. An extraordinarily gifted woman, who was outstanding in her field; brilliant, determined, original, and with a wonderful sense of fun. A woman who inspired great affection in those who knew her. As we remember her here today, we give thanks for all that she has meant to us, and for all that she was.
An opening prayer by the priest and poet, John Donne. Let us pray:
Bring us, O Lord, at our last awakening
Into the house and gate of heaven,
To enter into that gate and dwell in that house
Where shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
No noise nor silence, but one equal music;
No fears nor hopes, but one equal possession:
No ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity
In the habitations of your glory and dominion,
World without end.
Robert Gordon read John 14: 1-6
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Mollie Barr read Friends by Rupert Brooke
Amanda Relph read Fare Well by de la Mare
When I lie where shades of darkness
Shall no more assail mine eyes,
Nor the rain make lamentation
When the wind sighs;
How will fare the world whose wonder
Was the very proof of me?
Memory fades, must the remembered
Oh, when this my dust surrenders
Hand, foot, lip, to dust again,
May these loved and loving faces
Please other men!
May the rusting harvest hedgerow
Still the Traveller's Joy entwine,
And as happy children gather
Posies once mine.
Look thy last on all things lovely,
Every hour. Let no night
Seal thy sense in deathly slumber
Till to delight
Thou have paid thy utmost blessing;
Since that all things thou wouldst praise
Beauty took from those who loved them
In other days.
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
God Be In My Head - Walford Davies
When She Loved Me - Newman (sung by Nico Springman)
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Bach
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen - Brahms
Annie Laurie - trad arr. Bantock
Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba - Handel
Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
All Things Bright And Beautiful
He Who Would Valiant Be