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A Ceremony of re-dedication of Memorials

Friday 20th September 2013

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The Mayor of Bridgwater, Councillor David Loveridge, having greeted the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, opened the Ceremony at 3 30pm.
He introduced Dr Peter Cattermole, Chairman Bridgwater Heritage Group, who thanked all those who had helped to make the re-dedication possible.
The Mayoress, Mrs Shirley Loveridge, and the Mace Bearer, Mr Chris Hocking were in attendance.

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Councillor Julian Taylor, Ward Councillor for Eastover, gave the first Oration - to John Bowen, who died in 1854. taylor - 13Kb
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Professor John Mather FGS gave the second Oration to William Baker, died 1853.
He is buried in the Bowen vault.
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The party moved to the north-west of the churchyard to listen to the third Oration for the victims of Cholera, 1849, given by Mr Edward Colgan, Chief Executive, Somerset Partnership NHS Trust.
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A prayer of re-dedication of the Memorials was given by the Reverend Geraldine Kirk, Vicar of St John the Baptist.
The Archdeacon of Taunton, the Venerable John Reed, gave the Blessing.
Order of Proceedings

Notes on John Bowen

Notes on William Baker

Notes on St John's church

Photographs by Garry Berry, with permission.
Mrs Ros Boon, a descendant of John Bowen, with the Mayor and Mayoress by the Bowen Obelisk.
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