Archive website content November 2018


Our Friday Coffee Mornings at All Saints' never fail to provide some fascinating talking points! 

On 16/11/18 we were delighted to welcome Matt Homer and his lovely family from Washington DC. They were attending a wedding in Cirencester but wanted to investigate what memorials exist to his ancestors in Sedgley. 

Matt is a descendant of the Homers, who were influential in this area for centuries. 

Martin was able to show Matt the memorial plaque on our south wall to John Twigg Homer, a former churchwarden.

Outside the choir vestry, there are three stone memorials to other members of the Homer family.

Martin also showed Matt Dormston House, now converted to flats, where John Twigg Homer lived, and explained the significance of the Dormston name - the Homers once owned the Manor House in Dormston, Worcestershire.  

Matt provided us with information about several Homers he has researched, including Captain John Homer, a sea captain, who sailed from Bristol in the 17th century and established a business in Boston, Massachussetts. 

Here are two articles - concerning John Twigg Homer and Dormston Church, that have appeared on our website: 

John Twigg Homer

Trips Out - Dormston 


Highlights of the 2018 parade from the Ex-Servicemen's Club in The Walk, by the Crown in High Street Sedgley, through the Bull Ring, to All Saints' Remembrance Sunday Service - and return... 

The parade enters the Bull Ring.

St John Ambulance and the Scouts and Guides in the Bull Ring. 

The parade turns into the churchyard, from Vicar Street. 

Sedgley's local councillors on the parade. 

Revd Guy Hewlett, Rector of Gornal and Sedgley, dedicates a set of six volumes of local soldiers' biographies researched and compiled by Barbara Price (left), at the beginnining of the Remembrance Sunday Service. The The private from the Mercian Regiment represents the link from WW1 to now, and the future.  He is the same age that many soldiers left for war.

The church during the Remembrance Sunday service, taken from All Saints' gallery. 

The return parade begins to form up in Dean Street.  

The Scottish Bagpipers in Dean Street. 

A Sedgley veteran on the return march. 

The huge parade, estimated at around 600 persons. 

A vast assembly of local uniformed organisations paraded through the centre of Sedgley on Sunday November 11th to mark Armistice Day in World War One.

Organised by Sedgley Royal British Legion, the parade formed up outside Sedgley Ex Servicemen's Club in The Walk off High Street Sedgley, passing the Crown, then marched through the Bull Ring up Dudley Street and then wheeled right into Vicar Street towards All Saints' for the service which started at 10.30am.

This year around 600 people from the area's uniformed organisations took part. 

A Scottish Pipe Band again provided an excellent and rousing accompaniment to the Parade. 

At the beginning of this year's service there was a dedication of the books compiled by Barbara Price over the past 4 years, containing details of all from this area who served in the armed forces in World War One - including a volume for those who returned.

The books will now reside in a special cabinet at the back of the nave and act as a reference for those interested in the part Gornal and Sedgley's young men played in World War One.  

Photos of Sedgley's Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service 2018 

Video of the Parade passing through the Bull Ring 


This year our All Saints’ Bell Ringers took on 6 novice Ringers in April and worked with them tirelessly every week to bring them to various levels of proficiency for the Ring on Remembrance Sunday.

The bells rang out at 10.00am;  and again at 12.30pm as part of a national Remembrance Sunday peal to mark the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities. 


On Sunday 11th November at 2.30pm, outside the West door of All Saints, the 1st Sedgley Morris Men danced in remembrance of local Morris Men who fell in the First World War. 


The opening of St Andrew's Christmas Fayre on 10/11/18.

A really successful and well-attended Christmas Fayre was held at St Andrew's on Saturday 10th November 2018. 

Well done to all the organising committee and all the stall holders.  Here are some more photos of the event: 

St Andrew's Christmas Fayre 2018 


John William Cadogan Jones, curate of All Saints' 1913-17 and 1919-23

After the story below about All Saints' football teams, pre and post-World War One appeared on this website, Christine Buckley kindly identified the curate of All Saints' in the photo with the 1913-14 football team as John William Cadogan Jones. Many thanks to her for her meticulous and determined research. 

William was curate in two spells from 1913-17; and later in 1919-23. 

His biographical details appear here, with some of the other curates we are aware of:

John William Cadogan Jones 

Here is the original story: 

All Saints' Church Football Team 1913/14.

All Saints' Football Team 1921-22.

A most poignant and timely reminder of the shattering consequences of war is contained  in two images of All Saints' Football Team - one taken just before the outbreak of hostilities in 1913/4, and one taken in 1921. 

Comparing the two photos, taken approximately seven years apart, there doesn't appear to be one face that appears in both images. 

Clearly, all of those depicted in 1914 would have grown up and changed appearance somewhat; also, they would not necessarily have stayed in the area, or indeed retained their interest in playing football. The writing on the ball in the 1914 shot says 'B Team', which suggests there was also an 'A team' then; it isn't clear from the writing on the ball whether there was just one church team in 1921. 

Both images convey the importance of the church at that time as a social hub in the village community - a time, of course, when many more young people attended church, making such social groups within the church congregation viable.

However one can't avoid the conclusion that a significant number of those portrayed with their curate in 1914 did not return from the war, given that the number of war dead in Gornal and Sedgley was 300 or so, who were mainly young men in their teens and 20s. 

We will also try and compare the faces with choir photos from the pre- and post-WW1 period. 

Thank you to Jenny Flavell for giving these to Barbara, who passed them to us for cataloguing in the 'Churches' section of the Gornal and Sedgley People's Archive

Martin Jones 


Barbara Price has kindly revealed a connection between our World War One curate Revd John William Cadogan Jones and one of Sedgley's war dead. She has sent a document relating to James Baugh, who is on our memorial at All Saints'. 

As he did not leave a will, his widow Lily Baugh had to give details of all his family members and have it signed by a member of the clergy.

James's was signed by 'J.W.C. Jones, Clerk in Holy Orders, 34 Gate Street, Sedgley, 12th June 1919'.

According to Crockfords, 'Clerk in Holy Orders' is the legal title for a member of the clergy.

According to the form, Lily and their children lived at '5 Bull Ring Sedgley'. It's difficult to know whether the numberings of the properties in the Bull Ring are the same today as they were in 1919 when the document was drawn up, and which property corresponds to that address now. 

James Baugh's research by Barbara Price


The Parade forms up outside The Crown in High Street Sedgley, to march through Sedgley Bull Ring to All Saints'. 

A look back 10 years to the Remembrance Sunday Parade from the Crown, High Street Sedgley, to All Saints', consisting of local Uniformed Organisations. In 2008 it was led by a member of the regular army who had served in the Former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan (see above). 

The parade usually passes through the Bull Ring at around 10.20am on Remembrance Sunday. 

See All Saints' Facebook page for more shots


The second public meeting about the future of the St Peter’s Upper Gornal church building was held in the Church Hall on Tuesday 30th October 2018.  

Around 40 people were present to hear the current position from Revd Guy Hewlett and  Nicki Groarke, Archdeacon of Worcester Diocese. The meeting was also attended by two councillors for the area. 

With an electoral role of  64, and 30 regular worshippers on a Sunday, the costs of repairs and ongoing maintenance are unsustainable. 

Therefore The District Church Council of St Peter Upper Gornal is likely to ask the Parochial Church Council to petition the Diocese for the St Peter’s Church Building  to be closed for worship. 

The Diocese will then have to explore how best to secure the future of the building, including possible commercial and community use. 

There was a general feeling in the meeting that the external structure of the building  should remain if at all possible - rather than be demolished, as it is a building with character holding many memories for local people, and a local landmark. 

Services will continue in the Church Hall on Sunday mornings and Wednesday mornings; licences to carry out baptism, funerals and weddings will be applied for where appropriate so these functions can be carried out in the Hall instead. 


St Peter's War Memorial newly installed in the precinct, Upper Gornal. 

A new war memorial has been installed in Upper Gornal.

St Peter's Church will hold a service at 10am in church on Remembrance Sunday, with local uniformed organisations. 

Afterwards churches in Upper Gornal will unite to attend a village commemoration at the new memorial site, at 11am on the day, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Read the story in the Dudley News