Reverend’s tea set is given to church

Carlton pic; Beryl Burgoyne, Stan Smith, Marjorie Bingham and Brian Hillier(back).

Carlton pic; Beryl Burgoyne, Stan Smith, Marjorie Bingham and Brian Hillier(back).

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Silverware given to a minister as a farewell gift in the 1930s has been donated back to the village church where he served.

Pauline Gorgon came across her grandfather’s tea set, which is inscribed with the words ‘To Rev’d Migell-Cox from the congregation of St Mary’s Carlton cum Chellington’, while preparing to move house.

Not knowing where Carlton was, Pauline, from Southport, did a quick Google search and found the address of a previous church warden, who she wrote to.

She received confirmation that her grandfather - Rev Migell-Cox - had been the minister for about 18 months in 1931.

Further research found three members of the Carlton community who still remember him. Stan Smith remembers the Reverend travelling to Carlton from South America, while Marjorie Bingham recalls him as a minister with an interest in music who organised may concerts. He also introduced the idea of a village fete. Beryl Bergoyne sang in the choir at that time as a child and has memories of a kind man with a great sense of humour.

As part of the research a long lost picture of the Reverend and his wife along with the choir was also found by Stan.

Brian Hillier, from the church, said: “Pauline travelled down to Carlton from Southport with the silverware and was excited to see the photograph of her grandparents.”