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February 1910 (with extract from March) - Proposed Memorial to the Reverend Thomas Hunt

Badsey with Aldington & Wickhamford Parochial Magazine
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The Vicar has received the following letter from Mr. Sladden:

My dear Vicar,

"In October next we shall reach, the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of our Parish Church after restoration and enlargement. It seems to me a fitting period to erect some permanent memorial to the then Vicar, the Rev. T. H. Hunt, for the conspicuous part he took in that great work. I think the re-erection of our Churchyard Cross would be a fitting monument and if you concur, as I believe you do, would you take an early opportunity of calling a meeting of all those interested in the matter to discuss what can be done ?

Yours very truly,


"Badsey, Jan. 24, 1910."

The Vicar is in hearty agreement with Mr. Sladden's suggestion, and has promised a meeting to discuss his proposal, in the Parish Room, on Monday, Feb. 14th, at 8 p m. It is hoped there may be a good muster, not only of Mr. Hunt's old friends, but also of others who are to-day reaping the benefit of Mr. Hunt's zeal and liberality.


At a meeting held in the Parish Room on Monday, February 14th, it was unanimously resolved "That this meeting cordially endorses the proposal to restore the ancient Churchyard Cross in memory of the Rev. T. H. Hunt," and a committee was appointed, consisting of Miss M. Byrd, Miss E. Sladden, and Messrs. E. Crisp, A. Dore, A. E. Jones, J. W. Mason and W. Mustoe, to act with the Vicar and Churchwardens with a view to giving effect to such proposal. Miss E. Sladden was appointed secretary and the Vicar was asked to act as treasurer.

Subscriptions amounting to nearly £10 were promised, and Mr. A. E. Jones said he hoped the sum collected would provide not only for the restoration of the old cross but also for the erection of a memorial tablet in the church. This will mean the expenditure of between £40 and £50 at least, contributions towards which may be sent either to the treasurer or the secretary.

Mr. T. Graham Jackson, R.A., has undertaken to prepare a suitable design.