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LEN’S LECTERN: Podium donated to Radlett church in memory of ‘big-hearted’ resident

 Published on: 6th June 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

The family of a late resident has donated a new lectern to Christ Church in Radlett.

A beloved member of the community, Leonard Stevens married Doreen at Christ Church in 1949. They were together for 72 years, until Len’s death in 2021 aged 95. To this day, Doreen still attends the church’s Communion service every Wednesday.

After spending his working years as a lorry driver and handyman, Len was the verger and deputy warden at Christ Church from 1994 until 2003. Even after his retirement, Len continued to make himself useful doing odd jobs around the village, so much so that he was dubbed an honorary member of the local Women’s Institute.

Len and Doreen had four children, eight grand-children, five great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

His daughter Maureen told RADLETTnews that when her father was a young man, he visited a doctor in the East End of London. There, he was introduced to a passing friend of the doctor, who was none other than Mahatma Gandhi. Years later, Len served as a caterer in the army and travelled to India, where he met Gandhi for a second time. Unbelievably, Gandhi recognised Len from their first chance meeting in London.

Oliver Blease, Reverend at Christ Church, said: “Len did a lot of charity work both during his time in the army and afterwards. He is remembered as a big-hearted and kind man who made time to help everyone around him. The new lectern is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much in service to this church and to the wider community.”

Photo Credit: Christ Church and St John’s Radlett 

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