Founded in 1939

Spondon Church Boys' Club

In memory of our great Vicar and friend TEM Barber

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memories of a wonderful vicar and family friend

Posted by lens daughter on May 31, 2015 at 5:20 PM
hello my name is Caroline Ferguson.before I was married at St werburghs in 2000 I was caroline dickins.I have recently joined this site partly in memory of my fear fad len dickins who sadly passed away in June 2007.I was practically bought up by Mr barber who was a great family friend and the most wonderful vicar.Mr barber married my mum and dad and later baptised and confirmed my sister and I at St dad was very much a big part of the famous spondon boys club.he talked about it so much and I know it meant a lot to him and Mr barber.I can remember my dad going off to help with camp when I was a little girl.I have wonderful memories of going to church and listening to Mr barbers voice.I also have lovely memories of the garden fetes in the old spondon mum did a bit of work for Mr barber and I used to have my lunch in the vicarage then go back to St werburghs school.Mr barber was a big figure in school during motive there and all the children loved and respected dad sadly became poorly in 2007 but I can remember him telling me about boys club camp and seeing the Rev again during his final few days.I can remember sitting in church when Mr barber sadly passed away.I can remember the church was full on the dad day of is funeral and also remember keeping watch over him in church the night before his funeral.he was a lovely kind man and I feel so lucky that I knew gives me a lot of comfort knowing that my dad is with him.I attend church services at St werburghs and always think about Mr barber and my is still and always will be Mr barbers special and much loved church and his memory is still alive.

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Reply lens daughter
6:04 PM on June 5, 2015 
thank you for your comments.yes I was in the Ladies choir as was my sister rachel.It is lovely that this site has been set up in memory of such a lovely is a shame my dad len is not around to play a part in the Web site.I think my mum has slides of camp pictures so will try to get them to you.thanks once again
Reply StephenRBeet
3:38 AM on June 5, 2015 
Great tribute, Caroline. I remember you well. You were also in the Ladies' Choir, I think. Have you visited the "Sound Archives" section? You can listen to Mr. Barber's voice again there!
Reply John Earnshaw
9:05 AM on June 1, 2015 
Thought your post was heart felt and reminded me of the fellowship at St. Werburgh's which I regret to say does not exist to the same extent in other parts of this island of ours from personal experience. Your father was indeed a big part of the Boys Club and I have fond memories of being driven by him to the venues for our cricket matches in his drop head red Wolsey car. I do not remember ever going to the Club Camp when your father did not act as cook. He certainly made a great contribution in all respects. I am sure many of us are grateful for his enormous contribution as well as those of your Grandfather Dickins who was verger at St Werburgh's during my tenure as a Server.
Kind Regards
John Earnshaw.