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During WWII The Rector of West Hallam was Rev W R Lloyd-Jones. He came to West Hallam at the end of October 1938 and left in November 1945. During his seven year term he was responsible for the churchyard extension and the raising of the Rectory re-building fund. He moved to All Saints, Islington being inducted on Friday 16th November 1945. He was followed by Rev Gordon Charles Craig Spencer.
Mapperley Church Choir Circa 1955
Reverend Gordon Richard Bevan
I am unsure of the exact period that Gordon Bevan was a Parochial Reader but I have access to old copies of the West Hallam and Mapperley Church and Community magazine covering January 1959 to December 1968 and Mr Bevan was a reader during all of this period. The vicar he started working with was Rev. G C C Spencer until October 1966 and then with Rev Joe Martin from December 1966.
West Hallam and Mapperley Church and Community Magazine. April – May 1963
Thanks to Mr G Bevan
Rev Spencer writes – It is, I think, a matter of principle that we should remember, from time to time, to express our thanks to Mr G Bevan for all the help he gives both Mapperley and West Hallam, especially on Sundays, but also at Festivals. He has been a great help for many years now and we ought not to take such help for granted. His continuing interest, although living now in Chaddesden, is one of the foundation stones upon which the services are arranged for these parishes.
REVEREND G. R. BEVAN (Langwith) Obituary
Holy Trinity Church, Shirebrook, was full to capacity with family, friends, clergy and parishioners for the service which preceded burial at Holy Cross churchyard, of local minister the Rev Gordon Richard Bevan (84), who died at his home at Whaley Common, Langwith. Born and educated at Derby, Rev Bevan had lived locally for 30 years. A telegraph boy at Derby LMS, he then worked at Ranby’s gents department before becoming a Bevan Boy, staying in mining for 20 years. After leaving the mines he owned a drapery business and in 1950 became a reader in the Anglican Church. Being ordained in 1976, he served at Spondon Church for five years before becoming priest in charge at Scarcliffe, rector of Upper Langwith with Langwith Bassett and WhaleyThorns and Scarcliffe. His last post was as team vicar in the East Scarsdale Ministry, mainly at St Michael’s Church at Pleasley. Rev Bevan loved his church and his parishioners, family and grandchildren and will be remembered as a man of the people. Rev Bevan leaves his wife, Mrs Edna Mary Bevan, daughters Angela and Kathryn, four grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.
Rev'd Spencer with West Hallam Choir
Date unknown but he was vicar of West Hallam and Mapperley for 20 years leaving in October 1966.
Rev. Gordon Charles Craig Spencer (Rural Dean of Ilkeston) was vicar of West Hallam and Mapperley for 20 years. He was priest -in -charge at Eastwood Parish Church before moving to West Hallam.
Rev Spencer's 20 year term ran from 19th February 1946 - 1966. He was inducted by the Archdeacon of Derby at St. Wilfrid's on Friday March 22nd 1946. During his term the Vicarage at Mapperley was sold to a private buyer.
Rev'd Spencer died on 3rd April 2007 aged 93 years
December – January 1966/67 - Rev Joe Martin writes his first letter for the church magazine.
A short biography of the new Rector written at the time:-
Interests: all sports but mainly soccer and cricket, art photography, “things” mechanical, music, history and gardening.
Rural Dean of Yorkshire - Reverend Joe Martin - The Archbishop of York, Dr Coggon
Reverend Joe Martin (centre) with the Rural Dean of Yorkshire on his left and on his right the then Archbishop of York, Dr Coggon, who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury ( Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan, PC (9 October 1909 – 17 May 2000) was the 101st Archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980.
The picture was taken at Rev, Joe Martin's Induction at Hutton Buscel, Yorkshire following his time at West Hallam and Mapperley.
Photograph kindly supplied by Bill Skinner