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A Vicarʼs                                     Michael

                                                                                   farewell                                  Eleftheriades

                                                         legendary hardware shop J. A.  ALAN WALKER
                                                         Pinder & Son where indeed the
                                                         son presided! (You can find some  s the new year began my
                                                         wonderful earlier images of The  27-year term as vicar of
                                                         Market Place photographed by  A St Jude’s came to an end.
                                                         the late Alec Hasenson, another  My friend and colleague at
                                                         long-time Suburb resident, here:  the Free Church, Ian Tutton,
                                                 observed, retirement at
                                                            Our parents never thought  midnight on New Year’s Eve
                                                         about leaving. The Suburb was  would ordinarily have been
     Photo: Simon Marks
                                                         residential perfection, although  accompanied by fireworks
    In memory of Dora                                    widening of Falloden Way that  large gathering in the church.
                                                         they vigorously opposed the
                                                                                   on Central Square and a
                                                         created a rat-run Dame Henrietta
                                                                                   But this year I entered the empty
    and Bernard Marks                                    Barnett would have loathed. (The  church on my own and rang the
                                                                                   bell for the final time. The
                                                         HGS Heritage Virtual Museum
                                                                                   Residents Association’s New
                                                         includes a remarkable image of
                                                         Falloden Way protests occurring in
                                                                                   Year’s Eve parties, which began
    True Suburb devotees                                 early 1937:  for the millennium when I was still
                                                                                   relatively new on the Suburb, will
                                                            The opening of Brent Cross
                                                                                   be prominent among the events I
                                                         and Temple Fortune’s development
                                                         would soon largely eclipse Market  will long remember. Casting my
    SIMON & ROBIN MARKS        Dickins and Jones, the Unitarian  Place. After shutting the  mind back beyond the past
                               Church’s vicar, the receptionist at  delicatessen in 1983, our father  strange two years I recall others I
        wo long Suburb lives ended  the Heathfielde surgery and a  became a wholesaler. Mum studied  have enjoyed, and which make
        in December 2020 and   journalist with the Sunday Times.  Italian at The Institute and  the Suburb such a simulating and
    TOctober 2021 respectively.  At the top of the street you  regularly attended concerts at  pleasant place to live (and to
    Our parents, Dora and Bernard  could find Noel Edmonds. In the  The Wigmore Hall.  which I hope I have made a small
    Marks, lived on Brookland Hill  house opposite, you might hear the  Dad was a wit and raconteur  contribution): the weekly talks at
    continuously since August 1962  childhood laughter of a youngster  who had a secret life as the most  Fellowship House, the monthly
    and were committed devotees of  called Sacha Baron Cohen.  successful entrant in the history  Historical Association meetings,
    London’s loveliest neighbourhood.  Our parents loved it, and sent  of The Ham & High’s crossword  the annual Proms at St Jude’s.
       They met at a party hosted by  both of us to Brookland School  competition. Numerous Suburb  Looking back a bit further, I
    a mutual friend in Hampstead in  where they threw themselves into  friends received bottles of  appreciated and was privileged to
    1961. Our father was a salesman  fund-raising activities and made  champagne from the paper  be a student and teacher at the  the Garden Suburb
    for Max Factor. His bride moved  lifelong friends with other parents.  celebrating success in a contest  Institute and to take part in the  Theatre’s production of The
    to London from her native    Our father, by then, had his  they had never entered. He’d  Henrietta Barnett School Literary  Hollow Crown. And then there
    Johannesburg in 1958 and worked  own business: a sandwich bar in  used their names, fearing that if  Societies interviewing at the first  was that Omnibus film. I have
    at an advertising company while  Charing Cross. Tiring of the hours  Bernard Marks won too often the  meeting in the school hall former  been very touched by messages
    also studying singing.     and the commute, he opened a  paper would scrap a competition  Suburb resident Will Self, and  and kind words from many
       After marrying in August 1962,  business closer to home. For a  with apparently very few entrants.  subsequently writers including  residents and (from our new base
    they moved into the Suburb and  decade ‘Marks Delicatessen’ took  (Read the full story in the Ham &  Nick Hornby, Julian Fellowes, Lord  in Marylebone) hope to keep in
    never left. To be honest, they  its place alongside thriving  High itself:  Archer, Deborah Moggach, Tracy  touch with the Suburb through
    couldn’t quite believe their luck:  businesses on Market Place.  Our mother was insistent that  Chevalier and Ann Widdicombe.  continuing links with the Archives
    finding an affordable house and a  Residents of a certain vintage  when the time came, she wanted  I even once took to the boards for  and Heritage virtual museum.
    supportive community in a rural  still marvel that the Suburb  to die at home in the Suburb.
    idyll on the cusp of central London.  boasted two fishmongers, three  With huge support from the NHS
       The Suburb was redolent of  greengrocers, and multiple  and local carers they passed away,  Hall and Randall Plumbers
    Dame Henrietta Barnett’s   supermarkets including Tesco’s,  10 months apart, in their bedroom
    determination that it should serve  Walton Hassell and Port and the  overlooking their Suburb garden.
    as a home to people from all socio-  Express Dairy. Dad’s shop stood  They knew how lucky they  Plumbing and Heating Services • Property Maintenance
    economic backgrounds. Brookland  between the House of Holland  were to live in such a bucolic
    Hill residents in the 1970s  furniture outlet, and a wonderful  environment. And we too know
    included an optician and his wife  chemist by the name of Mr. Virjee.  how lucky we are to have grown
    who worked as a sales assistant at  The parade was also home to the  up there.

        And a fond farewell
        to Revd Dr Ian Tutton

        too                                                                           Central Heating, Plumbing Repairs & Advisory Service
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        Revd Dr Ian Tutton, Minister of the Free
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           His last service as Minister of the                                               Email:
        Free Church will be on Sunday March                                             Tel: 020 8953 2094 • Fax: 020 8905 1602
        13th at 11am followed by a Bring and
        Share lunch.                                                                  Evenings: Garry 020 8207 3286 • Greg 020 8953 9828
           Do come and say goodbye and wish
        him well in his retirement.

                                                              Photo: Michael Eleftheriades  11495
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