Remembering Christopher Walter George Barnes (“Chris”)
20th February 1941 – 9th April 2020
Covid-19 lockdown rules severely restricted who could be present when Chris was laid to rest in the churchyard of St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne. A memorial service, details of which will be announced in due course, will offer the opportunity to share thoughts and memories of our ‘Local Yokel”.
I was privileged to have many chats with Chris over the years, and he always had a tale to share about Aldbourne history. His contribution to the Aldbourne Oral History project can be heard via Aldbourne Community Heritage Group website http://aldbourneheritage.org.uk/village-history/oral-history
I remember Chris watching as the church clock face was lowered on ropes (June 2006). It WAS too large to pass through the doorway into the tower – he said it would be!
His sketches and poems in the guise of ‘Local Yokel’ are treasures. For many years he created the posters for Carol Singing around the village. Miss Susan Bailey handed me several examples of Chris’ work many years ago. The Harvest Poem dates from 2012 and was part of a display at St Michael’s Church.