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Former Aldborough Hatch scouts remember leader at fixed grave

PUBLISHED: 13:13 03 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:13 03 July 2015

Former scouts at the new grave of Archie Titchmarsh. Picture: Graham Jeffries

Former scouts at the new grave of Archie Titchmarsh. Picture: Graham Jeffries

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Former scouts travelled from far and wide to see the saved gravestone of a much-loved leader.

About 18 former members of the Aldborough Hatch Scout Group visited St Peter’s Church, Aldborough Road, Aldborough Hatch, after the church launched an appeal to save the sinking gravestone of former scout leader and lay reader Archie Titchmarsh – affectionately known as Mr T.

The church raised £1,300 within weeks of launching the appeal which appeared in the Recorder.

Church members took it upon themselves to fund the fix with Mr T not having any close living relatives to look after the grave.

He did not have any immediate family to make funeral arrangements when he died in 1986.

Priest-in-charge Rev Kate Lovesey said: “We are grateful to those who contributed. It was good to welcome back to St Peter’s the former scouts whose lives were influenced for the good by Mr T who was a father figure to many.

“Repairs cost some £447 whilst the balance is to be given to the scouts and guides at St. Peter’s for the benefit of their young members.”


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