I’d like to think that this lovely cat turned up to help me mark an anniversary, that of the death of Edward Betham, Fellow of Eton and Rector of this parish from 1769 until 1783. To this day the residents of Greenford benefit from the generosity of this great man but I was sad to see that there were no flowers on the grave he shares with his sisters in the shadow of Holy Cross in Oldfield Lane South, just autumn leaves. Reverend Betham’s best known memorials are Betham School House, which was the predecessor of what is sometimes referred to as the Clock School. This educated and altruistic man continues to make a difference to the lives of children in 2012 – in his own time they were lucky to live beyond the age of five. It would be interesting to learn his opinion of today’s Greenford but I think he would be pleased that Holy Cross is still an important part of everyday life in the area (the next event is the popular annual craft sale on the first Saturday in December). I’m sure he liked cats.
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