Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

John Richardson who died 1936 - A choirmaster for 60 years

The funeral took place yesterday [16th August 1936] afternoon, at St Swithun’s Church, Woodborough, of Mr John Richardson, of The Square, Woodborough, who died on Thursday at the age of 82.

He was choirmaster of the Woodborough Parish Church choir for over 60 years and since his retirement, about 2 years ago, he remained honorary choirmaster. He was a member of the choir for 72 years. His last appearance in the choir was on the occasion of the Jubilee Celebration service last year [1935]. Under his leadership the choir took part in festivals held in former years at Southwell Minster, and at the 1905 Festival was placed after the Minster choir in order of merit.

In the absence of the vicar, the Rev’d L C Rowan-Robinson, the funeral service was conducted by the vicar of Calverton, the Rev’d J H Taylor.

The choir was augmented by past members.

Handel’s Dead March in Saul was played at the close of the service by Mr J M Foster. The family mourners included Mr John Richardson and Mr Percy Richardson (sons), Mrs Leigh and Mrs Thompson (daughters). Members of the church and choir acted as bearers.



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