Seasons Greetings Barking Church

Object number

ldval 2009.9.35


Green greeting card depicting Barking Church. The card is for Joyce and her Husband to celebrate Christmas and the new Year and is dated to 1985, this is the year that Joyces' cousin, Jean Bruce was Mayor of Barking and this is who the card is from. Church material belonging to the donors Mother, Joyce Chipperfield (nee Stephens). Joyce was born on 17th December 1920 and attended Castle school and during the 1920's was a choir member at St John's Church, Goresbrook Road Becontree, where she met her furure husband Robert Chipperfield, who's family had moved from Croyden early in the decade, to the new Becontree Estate. Joyce and R.A.F Sergeant Robert were married at St Margaret's Church on 22nd July 1944. They lived at 5 Castle Road with Joyce's parents, Alfred and Florence. Joyce was Church organist at St John's Church and regularly filled in at St Cedd and St Alban Churches, even after the couple moved in 1954. Joyce was Church organist at St Patrick's Church, Barking, for many years. Joyce and Bob moved to Southend-on-Sea in1979. Bob passed away in 2003, and Joyce currently resides in a care home in Thundersley.

Physical description

Green greeting card depicting Barking Church. The picture is a rural view of the church with cottages to the right and a field in the foreground with cows. The reverse is plain green. The bottom centrehas a printed message for Christmas and the New Year dateing to 1986 and shows the Borough coat of arms. Hand written in the top left corner is ?to Joyce and Bob?.




Church material


Whole length: 123mm
Whole width: 183mm

Collection type



Typescript Printed Obverse: Seasons Greetings/Barking Church
Typescript Printed Centre: Greetings and Best Wishes/ for Christmas/ and the/New Year/from/The Mayor and Escort of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham/Jean and Ron Bruce/Mayor's Parlour/Civic Centre,/Dagenham,Essex./Christmas 1986.

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1757 (2009-06-08)

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