Bletchley exhibition features Baptist war fallen
Research unearthing the stories of 17 service men from Bletchley’s Spurgeon Baptist Church who died in the First World War has been used by a local school project and now features in an exhibition.
Historian Peter Denchfield documented the lives of the Milton Keynes church's "Great War fallen heroes" in a paper to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
Youngsters from Bishop Parker Catholic School, led by Bletchley Community Heritage staff and a local artist, were then invited to commemorate this research in a creative way, together with a particular reflection on the war.
Part of the exhibition, including the memorial plaque mounted on the former organ console, with Helen O'Hara, Education Officer at MK Living Archive and the church's Douglas Sellers.
The striking results subsequently formed the basis of an exhibition at Milton Keynes Central Library.
The display also includes a number of contemporary artefacts, including the church's WW1 memorial plaque, created in remembrance of the 17 who lost their lives and is mounted onto the former organ console.
The exhibition, also featured an original Enigma machine, now returned for display at Bletchley Park, is on the first floor of the library. It is open until 6 August.
The church also took the opportunity to remind visitors that it moved to its home at the Water Eaton Church Centre in 1975, still serves the Fenny Stratford, Central Bletchley and Water Eaton areas of Milton Keynes and is very much alive!