Jean Morgan


On Thursday 4th May, 2023 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Jean Morgan was held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.
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The Revd Steve Morris, Associate Priest of St Bride’s, delivered the opening:

A very warm welcome to St Bride’s, the Journalists Church, as we come together to honour the memory and to celebrate the life of Jean Morgan– a remarkable woman, who overcame so much, and achieved so much, during her distinguished career.

Jean was a lifelong lover of journalism, language and people – a true journalist. She overcame asthma as a child which curtailed her education and so she launched herself into journalism, starting in Wales.

Later she moved to London which became her home.  She was extraordinarily able, a hunter after stories and a force of nature who influenced many. She was fiercely independent at home and in her career, admired and loved.

An extraordinarily able and intellectually gifted man; astute and perceptive in his analysis; a prolific journalist, author, historian and broadcaster; and a much valued mentor to young journalists – the industry has lost one of its most respected figures.

As we remember her today with thanksgiving, we remember also her family, his colleagues, and all who were close to his heart.

We begin now with 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. Amen.


William Newman

Jon Slattery


Guy Black read Proverbs 3: 13-23

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

Clare Woods read an extract from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Helen Jones read A life well lived by anonymous


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

God be in my head – Henry Walford Davies
Simple Gifts – Bob Chilcott
Gloria in excelsis Deo – Antonio Vivaldi
So long, Frank Lloyd Wright – Paul Simon arr. Robert Jones
Let it be – John Lennon/Paul McCartney arr. Robert Jones
Fugue in C BWV 547 – Johann Sebastian Bach


Lord of all hopefulness
When the saints go marching in


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