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St Mary's Church Choir

c1924
Choir c1924
early 1920s
Choir Procession along Church Parade
It was a duty of the choir to process around town or at funerals of "worthies of the town".
This was taken about 1922-5 and the leader is Billy Ginns, with Dennis Ginns following near side.
1936
Autumn 1936 Farewell to Rev. Travers Stoney Photo by M Hopwood
Back row (l-r) Walter Bates, Mr Ginns, Roy Geary, Leslie George, Billy Holloway.

Row 2 – May Garley, Mrs Tuson, Mr Ball, Harold Geary, Albert Thomas, Harold Clayton, Len Coleman, Stan Hodgkins, Alf Clark (organist), Ted Woolard, Cicely Bettles, Fred Edge, - Lilley,
John Scott (verger), Ivy Hodgkins, Mrs Langley.

Row 3 – Kit Smith, Maud Bishop, Audrey Annis, - - , K Smith, - - , Rev John Rowell (curate),
Rev Travers Stoney (Rector), Milly Rivet, Mrs Clayton (nee Jinny Rivet), Daisy Clark (nee Underwood), Mrs Grace Bates.

Row 4 – Ray Loasby, Ted Jolley, E Lord, G Matthews, H Dickens, - - , J Matthews, D Sugars, R Roddiss,
- -, Richard Deny, - Ekins,

Front - B Savage & R Savage

early 1950s

1953 or 1954 - named by Margaret Smith (nee Weekley) 

Back row: left to right. Billie  Bettles, ??, Mr. Thomas, Walter Bates, Peter White, Stan Hodgkins, Mark Humphreys, Harold Geary, Harold Clayton, Gordon ?, Mr. Smith, Douglas ?, David Shortland, ??. 

2nd row: Cyril Cave, (organist), Robert Wagstaff, Ruth Hodgkins, Anne Baines, Jackie Corbet, Jean Bates,  Hazel Ellis, Cecily Langley, Mrs. Langley, Marion Weekley, Margaret Weekley, Helen Munday, Edith George, Lew Coleman, Ernest Robinson (Choirmaster).

 3rd  row: Audrey Annis, Grace Bates, Jen Clayton, Ivy Hodgkins, Rev. Geoffrey Shaw (Curate), Rev. Green (Rector), next, a past member of the choir, there for the occasion, Mrs. Kit Smith, Mrs. Edie Barnes, Mrs. Page, Celia Page. 

Front row: Choir boys, John Corbet, Mark Tulley, Geoffrey Hodgkins, Graham Smith.  


1985 wedding
The choir sang at the wedding of Peter Firm to Anne, daughter of Frank Willmer
(then choir master 1985)
(Back Row) Ben Trenchard, David Brandford, Robert Bates, Philip Maddams, Alan Rosser,
Reverend Alan Smith, Harry Green, David Robinson, Charlie Jones, Cyril Cave (organist),
Naomi Smith, Hilda Chettle, Edith Barnes, Doreen Dilley, Joan Walker, Monica Trenchard,
Freda Thompson, Ivy Hodgkins, Catherine Calder, Barbara Evelyn, Grace Bates,
Sylvia Brandford, Lilian Matthews, Jonathan Trenchard,

1990
Christmas 1990
1993
Christmas 1993
1994
Three members retire from the choir in 1994. Seated centre is Mrs Grace Bates.
1995
Christmas 1995
1998
Christmas 1998

Joseph Enos Smith - Organist 1875-1930 & Choir Master
Joseph Enos Smith - Organist 1875-1930 & Choir Master
c1924
The choir passing the Palace Cinema in High Street
1978
The Choir at Elstow Abbey in 1978
Presentation of 'The Creation'

Bob Butcher (1910-1995) &
Bert Butcher (1908-1990). Their sister Gladys was also a choir member. c1924
Ginns family
William Norwood Ginns 1881-1949
Harry Norwood Ginns 1910-
Adam Tyrrell Ginns 1839-1929
Photograph c 1919
Eric, Harry & Dennis Ginns,
born 1915, 1910 & 1912 in about 1924

William Norwood Ginns
William Norwood Ginns c1930

c1957
Choir boys c1957
(l-r) Ernie Robinson (choir master), David Robinson (still a
member), John Curson, Duncan McVarish, John Pentlow, Patrick McVarish and Rob Bates who is still a member (2009)

Cynthia Watts & Pamela Tunn 1966
Cynthia Watts & Pamela Tunn 1966

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