In search of times past


This article will feature random clippings of interest from The Beacon Parish Magazine for All Saints' and St Andrew's The Straits, Gornal and Sedgley Team Ministry, 1999-2014.

Martin Jones makes an inventory of The Beacon magazine. 

Articles will be added from time to time, building up to give an insight into the wealth of material from All Saints' past now available at Dudley Archives.

Most recent additions 25/2/16:


March 2005 - the new Team Ministry

The 'pastoral measure' setting up of the new Team Ministry involving St Andrew's and St Peter's is announced by Stephen....



Feb 2005 - printing the magazine

Problems with the printing arrangements for the Parish Magazine....



September 2004 - All Saints Youth Group

The Youth Group's meeting arrangements, back in 2004...



July 2004 - All Saints Chamber Choir

'The best choral music heard at All Saints' for a long time'...



July 2004 - Festival Weekend 

Rosemary Moss's 175th birthday cake...cut by the Bishop of Dudley on Festival Weekend in 2004...



June 2004 - Des and Jean Round Golden Wedding

Des and Jean Round pass 50 not out in June 2004...



May 2004 - Ascension Day

It was a 6.30am start back in 2004 for the Ascent of the Tower on Ascension Day...



February 2004 - Anniversary Year

The 175th anniversary of the opening of our present church building, which was consecrated in July 1829...



October 2003 - Joan Barnett

In November 2003, Joan Barnett exhibited her paintings in the Church Hall...



October 2003 - Cantica

A concert in November 2003 featuring 'Cantica', at All Saints'...



August 2003- Leslie Pugh

Leslie Pugh died in June 2003.. he organised visits by The Spinners and David Kossoff to raise funds for the church...



December 2008: Floss Edwards' 90th birthday

Floss Edwards, a church member for 80 years, reached her 90th birthday on New Year's Day 2009...




Added previously:

October 1999

We begin in 1999 towards the end of the last Vacancy, before Revd Canon Stephen Buckley's arrival.

Over sixteen years ago in October 1999, there was no Team Rector, and our sole priest was Anthony Lane, based at St Andrew's The Straits. However he had already decided to leave.  

Alongside Bob Hill as a Reader, there was Robert Withers. Margaret Castle distributed the Beacon; Mary Hart ran the Ladies' Society, and John Anderson the Men's Society. 

Preparations were afoot for an All Saints' Festival including an All Saints' Lunch. - Margaret Hadley was one of the organisers.

There were some nice drawings in the Beacon at this time- were these by Austen Moseley?

Father Anthony's departure was announced by Sue Biggs and Terry Payne of St Andrew's. Father Anthony went to St Paulinus, Crayford, in the London Borough of Bexley, where he is still the incumbent. He is now a 'Revd Canon'.  

In 1995 he led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for members of St Andrew's congregation, and is seen in this photo on board a camel!

Father Anthony Lane in the Holy Land, 1995.


April 2006

April 2006, and Revd Susan Renshaw announces her move to Holy Trinity, Eckington. Susan is still the incumbent there, and recently became an honorary canon of Worcester Cathedral. Her full responsibities are: 

Vicar of Eckington and Defford with Besford, Associate Priest of Overbury with Teddington, Alstone and Little Washbourne with Beckford and Ashton-under-Hill and Rural Dean of Pershore.

July 2000

In July 2000, All Saints' Social Club were preparing for a Barbecue and Treasure Hunt. This consisted of a walk round Sedgley, searching for the answers to cryptic clues, ending up with a barbecue back at the club.  



September 2000 - Father Stephen announces 'All Age Worship' as an integral part of our pattern of services. 

In the September 2000 Beacon magazine, Father Stephen wrote of our experiment with All Age Worship as a way to attract families. These services had been pioneered during the vacancy before Stephen's arrival at All Saints' and Stephen wrote to formalise the arrangement to hold these on the first Sunday of the month. The services were one of the recommendations in the Parish Plan prepared during the Vacancy - sixteen years later they're still going strong. 



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