New home for war memorial

Father John Swinhoe and Eileen Hepples.
Father John Swinhoe and Eileen Hepples.

A war memorial plaque that became homeless after the closure of a county club has found a new home.

When Bebside Social Club closed down, the Royal British Legion was faced with the problem of finding a new home for the war memorial plaque that was mounted in the building.

Father John Swinhoe was delighted when he was asked if the plaque could be placed in St Benedict’s Church in Cowpen.

The Archdeacon of Northumberland, Geoff Miller, will rededicate the memorial into the church during the Remembrance Sunday service.

Eileen Hepples, a member of the congregation is particularly pleased at this news as her grandfather Joseph Stubbs is commemorated on the plaque and is buried at St Mary the Virgin Church.

“I was very concerned about what would happen to the plaque when the club closed,” she said.

“I am so happy when I was informed that it would be placed in my own church.”

The service on Sunday will start at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome.