The Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church

The ‘Friends’ Weddings Album Project

Last month Syston Town News featured two photos of WW2 weddings which were held in St Peter and St Paul’s Church and asked readers if they knew whose weddings the photos depicted. Amazingly we had a very speedy response to that appeal from Mrs Stella Fawcett who still lives in Syston. Although Stella can’t remember all the details of the weddings, she is on both of the photos in the uniform of the Auxiliary Fire Service, of which she was a member. The guard of honour is not ARP wardens, as we thought, but fire service.

We at the Stn have received many communications with regard to the two photographs and can fill in the gaps that Stella hasn’t been able, so thanks to all those who contacted us.

The weddings are both from the early 1940’s, and this is what we have been able to piece together: The picture above is Bride, Joan, Maiden name not given. Groom, Ken Sykes. Guard of honour, from front left; Mavie Cursley, unknown, Stella Bowman (later Fawcett), Edith —, Cecil Pick, several unknown men. From front right; Roland Higgins, (station officer),  Joyce —, unknown, Freda Lewin, Bessie Pick, unknown men.

The picture below is Bride, Edith Ingram. Groom, Richard/Ritchie Dawson. The little Bridesmaid infront of the Bride is Christine Tarry, who gave us the bride and Groom’s names plus some great background into her and her family, which we will pass onto the History group. Guard of honour, from front left; Mavie Cursley, unknown, Stella Bowman, unknown.ARP_Member_wedding2-Syston_parish_Church

If you can add to the names, then please get in touch and we at the Stn will pass on to the two groups.

The photos were given to Syston History Society some time ago, and were then passed on to ‘Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church’ for the weddings display at their opening event in February. The newly formed ‘Friends’ group are on the way to building up a pictorial history of weddings that have taken place in the church; an album that will be a unique historic document. Now these two wartime photos can be put in the album, with at least some of the details of the events they portray. The album will be displayed at church open days and events and it will provide a valuable archive for future generations.

Would you like to add to the ‘wedding album’? Were you or your parents or grandparents or even your children married at St Peter and St Paul’s ? And do you have a photo or a memory that you are willing to share with Friends? Photos can be easily copied with modern technology, so please consider sorting out a photo or two and writing brief details of the wedding down for us; (date, who’s getting married, names of anyone else on the photo and any other interesting facts).

Thanks in advance,
Felicity Austin.

Anyone who would like to help support Syston’s beautiful ancient church, which dates back at least 800 years, and is willing to commit to giving a minimum donation of £10 each year can join the Friends. One-off donations are equally welcome. The membership Secretary is Brian Austin and you can e mail him for more information at; [email protected]