Pastoral Notes 9th October, 2016

Triple stained glass window depicting Saints Peter, Edward the Confessor and Paul, at St. Edward's Church, KetteringPATRONAL FEAST
Thursday is the feast of our patron saint Edward, King of England until just before 1066 and the Norman invasion. We can date the parish from 1891, with the first priest, Canon Henry Stanley. The longest parish priest was Monsignor Canon Joseph Tonks (1896-1924) who was very ecumenical and warmly appreciated by other Churches in the town. There is a photograph of him with the choir in the sacristy of St Edward’s. His housekeeper is also remembered, Miss North, affectionately known by local clergy as ‘the North wind’, being very strict. It is said that she drove Mgr Tonks around the parish on occasion in a horse and trap! He moved on eventually to Northampton Cathedral, but did not forget Kettering, and donated the major stained-glass window above the balcony in our church.