COMMUNITY spirit could be found in Rogate with a patronal service at St Bartholomew’s and blessing of the churchyard gates in memory of the late Reverend Ron Scruby.
The Rev Scruby was former Archdeacon of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and served his first curacy at Rogate.
The service remembered him with two sets of gates, one set at the church entrance and the other at the entrance to the north churchyard, donated by the Scruby family. These were blessed by the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby.
The cross was carried in procession across the A272 to the north churchyard led by the Rev Edward Doyle, the bishop’s church wardens and the bishop himself.
There were 98 people in attendance from the United Benefice of Rogate, Trotton, Terwick, Chithurst and surrounding areas.
“The spirit within was wonderful,” said Ann Arnold from Rogate. “It was a joyful and memorable occasion.”
Ronald Victor Scruby was born in Southall, Middlesex on December 23, 1919 and was chaplain at King Edward VII Hospital from 1950-1953. He married his beloved wife Sylvia Miles in 1955, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.
He died in Rogate on January 31, 2011.
The Rev Doyle said: “Ron was a remarkable priest and friend to me who was helpful and considerate in every way. He was held in high esteem by all in the benefice and beyond.”