There cannot be anyone who did not know Harold Rollins from South Mimms and Ridge. Sadly Harold died on 13th December 2019 at his home, 8 Dialmead, Ridge, aged 71.

Briefly, he was born in Watford on 30th July 1948 to Erica and George Rollins. A very active man, who worked at Barnet General Hospital for 48 years, he was well-known for riding on his bike, until he received the godsend of a Bus Pass. He would walk in the middle of the road, fearing he would slip up on leaves.

Many have asked what he had in his plastic carrier bags. Well, there was a carrier bag doubled up, a glass case with his door keys in, newspapers, a huge alarm clock, his Bus Pass, cake, microwave meal, a bag for his money and maybe tins of food, cap and scarf, and clips for his trousers when he rode his bike.

Harold retired in 2016. His retirement was short, a patient many times in Barnet General Hospital. Many folk thought highly of Harold. His funeral service was held on a lovely sunny morning on 7th February 2020 in Enfield. Oh! yes, after the service there was a mass exodus as the fire alarm went off and all the staff evacuated the building. This would have amused him!

Thank you to everyone who helped Harold. He will be laid to rest in Gunnersbury Cemetery, London in my plot and we will be together one day. Sadly missed, sleep tight , Harold

Mhairi Lavington


In our last issue we reported that Thomas Frowyk’s monumental tomb was to be fully dismantled, to clear the floor of the chapel, so that it could be levelled and ready for the re-construction phase. Dismantling was completed towards the end of January. Excitingly the stonework conservators found that the chest of the tomb was not empty, but filled with rubble and dismantled stonework from the original north wall of the chancel. The present wall has traces of paint in the grooves of the arches: originally the window arches had quite a lot of paint, pink and blue. The church must have been quite colourful. There were mediaeval encaustic tiles and pieces of worked stone intended for pillars.

So it looks as if the chapel, when it was built in 1526, was a new extension, and that it did not replace an earlier chapel, as had been thought. Although a chapel was intended to be built by an earlier Thomas Frowyk, in 1449, the family fell on hard times, and had to sell off land and estates, so in all likelihood, the older Thomas’s Will was not carried out.

To dismantle the chest, the effigy of young Thomas Frowyk had to be removed, and it sits, for the moment, up by the chancel rail. You can now see his sword (or what remains of it) and the delicate tracery carved into the scabbard, and onto the armour. The conservators believe the effigy was painted. It is a beautiful sculpture.

Then in February, in preparation for the re-building phase, the structural engineer and the conservators excavated trial holes in the remains of the base, which appeared to be very solid. And if it were, it might save us the expense of installing a concrete raft on which to rebuild the tomb. But it turns out there is a cavity just below. That seems to be empty, but that it was possibly where Thomas’s body was laid. Call in the archaeologists!

As you can see, this project grows and grows, and with that, its costs. Fortunately our Appeal has been relatively successful. We hoped for £50k, and so far we have received or been promised £37.5k, from all our friends. In addition we have been granted £34.5k by several Trusts, so we have raised £72k altogether. The Appeal is still open, and more would be most welcome. So thank you, one and all.
William Marsterson


If you would like to read the full story of why we are appealing for funds for the Frowyk Chapel, click on this link:THE FROWYK CHAPEL PROJECT storyline


Shrove Tuesday and once again Sylvia and her wonderful (always smiling) team invited the congregations of St Margaret’s and St Giles to an early evening supper of delicious pancakes.

Sylvia makes no charge for this, saying it’s The Old Guinea’s contribution to supporting the Village Churches.

As always we had a marvellous time catching up with all the news from both Churches. Plus a basket passed around the tables collected a very useful amount of money, which was shared between the Churches.

A very big thank you to all at The Old Guinea.


Prayer is one of those acts which as a Christian I am encouraged to do on a daily basis by myself and also as part of any service I attend.

What is prayer? I like to think about it as talking to and listening to God, in other words a two-way conversation, of which the listening bit can be the more difficult. How often when talking to friends do we tell them all the good and bad things that have happened to us and then fail to listen or hear when they respond? There is nothing wrong with off-loading onto God, but it is a good idea to follow it with a time of quiet to listen to what he is saying.

Where is this all leading? Well, at St. Giles we don’t only pray for ourselves but also for other people; but we need to know who we are praying for and why. If you would like prayers for yourself, your family or friends please ask. There is a simple form we would like you to fill in. There are copies of the form in St. Giles, or just ask me, or one of the Churchwardens. This is to help us know what we are praying for, and for how long, and also whether the person being prayed for has given their permission.

So please ask, contact details are on the inside front cover of the magazine.
Mary Butcher