St George’s Day

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Today, the 23rd of April is St George’s Day, the patron saint of England. Nobody knows how he came to be patron saint of England and we know very little about him except that he probably lived in the 4th century, was martyred and by the 6th century had become a very popular saint. The legend of his dragon doesn’t even appear until the 12th century, but it is that which I would like to think about today because I think it has some relevance for us…


“Jerusalem” from St George’s Chapel, Windsor (2016)

It is customary for the hymn “Jerusalem” to be sung in cathedrals, churches and chapels on St. George’s Day, or on the Sunday closest to it.

Gwen Ayton

Gwen Ayton, a long time resident of Godshill and much-loved member of All Saints church, passed away peacefully on 10th April, aged 97. Much loved mother, grandma and wife of the late George Ayton.

The funeral will be a short service at the crematorium on Tuesday May 5th at 3:45pm. Current restrictions dictate that only a minimum number of mourners can attend. The family would welcome others to participate remotely in prayer at that time.

At a future date, hopefully in the autumn, her ashes are to be interred at All Saints at a memorial service to celebrate her life. Any inquiries to her family via gwenthanksgiving@gmail.com

26 APRIL: There is an extensive obituary in the County Press which also tells of the wide range of activities to which Gwen contributed to the Godshill community over many decades. CLICK/TAP to go to the County Press obituary.