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Alphamstone, St Barnabas Church

St Barnabas Church and the Ferret

In the early 1950's, St. Barnabas had no electricity; indeed there was no electricity on the side of the road where the church stands. The PCC were keen for this to change, but after discussion with the Electricity Board it was deemed to be too expensive.

Living opposite the church was an exceptional man called Eddie Tuffin. He was born in Henny and having left school at 14, he had moved to Alphamstone to work as a labourer for John Stuck of Coppin's Farm. He stayed in Alphamstone for the rest of his life - dying aged 100. Eddie was a sacristan and churchwarden at St. Barnabas for 50 years. Eddie was not happy with the decisions taken and being a man who felt that there was a solution to everything, he came up with the answer. Attaching a line to his favourite ferret, he put the animal into a land drain on his side of the road and sure enough, a short while later it re-appeared on the far side. He then connected an electric cable to the line, pulled the cable through, and then ran it to the church. St. Barnabas has had power ever since, although the electricity is now supplied by a rather more formal method.

  • The tree lined path leading to St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone.

    The tree lined path leading to St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone.

  • St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone

    St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone

  • St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone

    St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone

  • St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone

    St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone

  • Evening sunlight through the trees in Alpahmstone churchyard

    Evening sunlight through the trees in Alpahmstone churchyard

  • The interior of the church at Alphamstone

    The interior of the church at Alphamstone

  • The interior of the church at Alphamstone

    The interior of the church at Alphamstone

  • The interior of the church at Alphamstone

    The interior of the church at Alphamstone

  • Inside St Barnabas church at Alphamstone

    Inside St Barnabas church at Alphamstone

  • Inside St Barnabas church at Alphamstone

    Inside St Barnabas church at Alphamstone

  • Only fragments of stained glass remain in some of the windows

    Only fragments of stained glass remain in some of the windows

  • The interior of the church at Alphamstone

    The interior of the church at Alphamstone

  • The interior of the church at Alphamstone

    The interior of the church at Alphamstone

  • View from inside Alphamstone church into the churchyard

    View from inside Alphamstone church into the churchyard

  • Inside the porch at St Barnabas' Church, Alphamstone

    Inside the porch at St Barnabas' Church, Alphamstone

  • View from the churchyard at Alphamstone

    View from the churchyard at Alphamstone

  • The porch at St Barnabas' Church Alphamstone

    The porch at St Barnabas' Church Alphamstone

The tree lined path leading to St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone.
St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone
St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone
St Barnabas Church, Alphamstone
Evening sunlight through the trees in Alpahmstone churchyard
The interior of the church at Alphamstone
The interior of the church at Alphamstone
The interior of the church at Alphamstone
Inside St Barnabas church at Alphamstone
Inside St Barnabas church at Alphamstone
Only fragments of stained glass remain in some of the windows
The interior of the church at Alphamstone
The interior of the church at Alphamstone
View from inside Alphamstone church into the churchyard
Inside the porch at St Barnabas' Church, Alphamstone
View from the churchyard at Alphamstone
The porch at St Barnabas' Church Alphamstone

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