Fenland man produces booklet chronicling history of Newton church

The Parish Church of St James. Newton.

The Parish Church of St James. Newton. - Credit: Archant

A FENLAND man has produced an informative booklet about the church which has played host to some of the most significant moments in his life.

The Parish Church of St James. Newton.

The Parish Church of St James. Newton. - Credit: Archant

Trevor Gray has spent the last couple of years compiling a brief history of St James’ Church, Newton, where he married his wife Ann 50 years ago and his son was christened.

The Parish Church of St James. Newton.

The Parish Church of St James. Newton. - Credit: Archant

He said: “I can’t claim to be the author because I took extracts from a leaflet produced several years ago.

Trevor Gray

Trevor Gray - Credit: Archant

“I’m no historian myself but I compiled the booklet from the material available. I’m happy with the end result.

“When you go into the church there is nothing inside to tell you anything about it so I thought it would be good to produce a book which gives a little bit of history and illustrations.”


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Trevor worked for many years as a compositor and designer at the Wisbech printing company Balding & Mansell.

He played a major part in the production of a book covering the history of the company from 1892 to 1992.

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The 77-year-old has a great deal of affection for the church.

He said: “I married Ann there in 1963 and my son was christened there.

“When we moved back to Newton seven years ago to live in my late father-in-law’s house we started going to the church again and have done since.

“We recently moved to Murrow but we still go.”

To get hold of a copy of the booklet, which costs £3.50, you should call Chris Wright on 01945 870701

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