John Allinson MBE
The Thanksgiving Service for John Allinson (24/9/34 – 12/2/18) was held at The Church of the Good Shepherd on February 28th and was conducted by Revd. Sharon Blain who had known John since 1975 when he, his wife Deb and his family had moved to Tadworth and he became a church member. A tribute to him was lovingly and amusingly presented by his daughter Sarah and son Richard who held up various items representing things which had been important to their father through his life. First was a hat, one of a large selection of favourite items of headgear that he had built up over the years to cater for all occasions; then a mirror in which the congregation could see themselves representing his love for humanity, his friends and family; a model aeroplane represented his time in the Air Force doing National Service and then in the Civil Aviation Authority when he was also teaching Air Cadets to fly and of course his favourite book, the Bible, quoting Corinthians 13 “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast, it is not proud.” They summed up their beloved father with the final sentence “Yours was a life well lived.” Revd. Blain in her address mentioned that John had been a founder member of Tadworth and Walton Overseas Aid Trust in 1982 and said that the charity was very dear to his heart. He had personally identified many of the aid projects which it had selected for support and had been one of its most active fundraisers – activities which had led to him being awarded an MBE in last year’s Birthday Honours. He had been a Lay Reader, supporting many people to faith, and those sending condolences had remembered him as a kind, gentle, patient man, devoted to his family, including his three recently born grandchildren, and always putting others first. There are photos of John and a link to a page where you can make donations in his memory on the TWOAT web site www.twoat.org.
Other TWOAT News
TWOAT’s annual street collection will be taking place on April 13th and 14th this year.
TWOAT is pleased to announce that they will be collaborating again with members from St Cecilia Chorus to put on a dinner with singing in the Good Shepherd Hall on Saturday 21st April. Tickets will be £15 each – TWOAT expect demand to be high for this event so please let a committee member know well in advance if you would like to attend – Mike Fox can be contacted on 01737 350452.
TWOAT will be serving Tea & Cakes when Keith Lewis opens his garden at 41 Shelvers Way during the afternoons of Sunday April 22nd and Sunday July 29th.