New doors installed at Petworth church

The Rev Kenneth Lynch and Freda Crockford
The Rev Kenneth Lynch and Freda Crockford
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NEW oak doors have been installed at Petworth United Reformed Church.

The doors are dedicated to the memory of two of its most loyal members, Joy Gumbrell and Norman Crockford.

Miss Gumbrell died in 2009, aged 82.

She had been baptised in the church in Golden Square and had served as Sunday School teacher, Boys Brigade officer, deacon and elder.

Miss Gumbrell wrote a history of the church, which was published in 1996.

Norman Crockford, who died in 2008 aged 81, had worshipped there for more than 20 years.

His widow Freda, an active member of St Mary’s parish church in Petworth until her move to Tunbridge Wells, returned for the service of dedication, conducted by the minister, the Rev Kenneth Lynch.

It is the first time since 1849 the church has had its doors replaced.