The Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s

Church 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. As we had a good response from readers and now have details of these weddings the photos have been added to the album.

With this album we’re on the way to building up a fascinating pictorial history of weddings that have taken place in our parish church; a collection that will be a unique historic document for future generations. For the 20th century we have one wedding for each decade of the teens, twenties and thirties, several from the forties and fifties, and one from the 1960’s. BUT WE NEED MORE, particularly of the decades that are under-represented or not represented at all; the Edwardian era, 1910’s, 20’s and 30’s and the 1960’s until the present day.

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

Readers may be interested in the photograph shown above of the wedding of Edna Aldridge to John Smith in 1929, particularly as the outfits are so typical of the 1920’s. Edna’s father,on the right of the picture was the stationmaster at Syston station from mid-Edwardian times, and the family lived at Station House which used to stand where two large blocks of flats now stand at the corner of Wanlip Road and Melton Road.

Drop photos in to me at 1050, Melton Road or phone me on 0116 269 2543. Alternatively you can scan the photos and send them to [email protected] Thanks in advance, Felicity Austin. (I promise to take care of your photos and return them safely).

A Historic Walk in May

‘Friends of St Peter and St Paul’s Church,’ are organising a historic walk on 28th May based on their CD ‘A Stroll round Edwardian Syston’. The walk will be led by Biddy Saunders and Felicity Austin and will be about two miles in all, done at a leisurely pace. It will start in the church at 7.00pm, with a showing of their CD and a map of Syston in Edwardian times, and finish there at about 8.30pm. Tickets priced at £4, which includes refreshments, will be available from Jennings, High Street or from Gamble and Hollis Butchers’ from late-April. Buying a ticket in advance is essential, as numbers are limited.

Social and Fund-raising Programme

The Friends Committee are planning a programme of social and fund-raising events for this year. We will be advertising these events around the town as we hope to make money for some improvements to the church. These are the installation of a disabled toilet and a small kitchen area under the tower, tastefully hidden behind wooden panelling. This is a big project and the Friends need to raise £40,000 for it. They hope very much that the local community will support their efforts.

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 email him for more information at [email protected]