Easebourne chorister honoured for 70 years service

Barbara Mitchell received a medal for Long and Faithful Service as a Chorister at Easebourne
Barbara Mitchell received a medal for Long and Faithful Service as a Chorister at Easebourne

AN Easebourne chorister has been honoured for more than 70 years of service.

Barbara Mitchell received a medal for Long and Faithful Service as a Chorister, having been a member of choirs since she was a child.

The medal was presented to Barbara at St Mary’s Church in Easebourne, by choir mistress Mrs Mary Knight.

Barbara first joined a church choir at the age of nine, while she was living near London.

She then joined two other choirs before moving to Midhurst.

Her first choir was in at All Saints Church, in Hampton-upon-Thames, where she attended Lady Eleanor Holles school.

Then came a period at Cripplegate Secretarial College in the City of London.

The Principal was approached by the chairman of an American oil company, who asked for ‘his best girl’.

Barbara was put forward for the role and she retired after six years, to marry Vic.

They soon moved to Easebourne, where they raised their daughters Caroline and Deborah.

Proud husband Vic, a well known local writer and the supplier of the Rail Times for Great Britain, said of Barbara: “I have known her since she was 16.

“I’m incredibly proud of her.”

Barbara was for a long time an active leader in the Brownies and Guides, her girls both being involved.

She was also the co-founder of Middleton Press with her husband Vic Mitchell and this month she retired after 35 years of typesetting.

Both Vic and Barbara have produced more than 400 albums together and their daughter Deborah continues to lead production.

A family affair, the Middleton Press is an independent publisher of railway, tramway, trolleybus and military books.

It is the sole publisher of Rail Times for Great Britain.

The pair were also involved in the launch of the first restored railway project in the world, where Vic was company director.

The Middleton Press has more than 500 titles in its growing portfolio.