One of the Prayer Book Society’s longest serving officers who has died at the age of 86 has been honoured with a special service of Choral Evensong at the church of St George’s, Headstone, Harrow, an Anglican parish church in the Diocese of London and a corporate member of the society.
Mrs Meg Pointer was appointed as the society’s honorary secretary in 2002. The following year, when the Prayer Book Society became a limited company, she became its first company secretary, a post she held until 2005.
‘Meg had a particular commitment to the Cranmer Awards, the society’s annual national contest for school pupils, and missed only one national final since the inception of the competition in 1989,’ reports the PBS chairman Bradley Smith.
After many years assisting the late Mrs Margot Thompson in running the award scheme, Meg took over as national administrator, a position she held until 2006.
‘Nevertheless, she continued to be actively involved with the Cranmer Awards scheme,’ says Bradley. ‘She helped to organise the London and Southwark Branch heats, assisted with the running of the national final, and supported subsequent national administrators in her customary calm, helpful and efficient manner.’
The Rt Rev Robert Ladds, honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of London, officiated at Meg’s commemorative Choral Evensong at St George’s Church. The preacher was the Rev Edward Lewis, vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Kenton, and chaplain to the Queen.
During the service a one metre wide plaque made of Westmorland Green slate was dedicated to the memory of the late Mrs Meg Pointer who had served as a churchwarden for 25 years.
Designed by architect Ian Argus, the plaque incorporated matching period Art Deco bronze reliefs of Our Lord and Our Lady by Salvatore Melani (1902-1934).
The day of celebration included a talk on the church’s Martin Travers-Faith Craft connection, a recital by the concert pianist, Valentin Schiedermair, and a reception in St George’s church hall.
The PBS was represented by its chairman Bradley Smith, former chairman Prudence Dailey and the churches and clergy co-ordinator John Service.