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BAPTISM IN GARAGE

In a tiny chapel constructed in corner of the garage at Ravensbury Manor, Mitcham, the residence of Colonel H. F. Bidder, Rosemary Vivian, the youngest child of Colonel and Mrs. Bidder, was baptised on Saturday afternoon. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. J. Culwick, Rector of Morden. A silver-mounted bowl presented to the six-weeks old baby by members of the Essay Club, Society of Antiquaries, of which Colonel Bidder is member, was used as a temporary font.

The chapel, which seats about a dozen people, is used for Sunday evening services by the Bidder family, and by number of residents near the manor, to save the long walk to Mitcham or Modern Churches. Colonel Bidder occasionally takes the services himself.

Source: Shepton Mallet Journal – Friday 15 March 1929 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

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