Bombed during World War II, St George’s Garrison Church survives as an evocative ruin with recently conserved mosaics, and a modern canopy roof, now available for all to enjoy.

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Steve Offord tribute

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Woolwich Garrison Church Trust Trustee, Steve Offord. Here, Chairman of the Trust pays tribute.

Steve was a Trustee of the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust from its inception. He loved the place and was a sane, sensible, good-humoured and hard-working trustee. When he was in charge of the rostering responsibilities for Trustees to be present at the Sunday openings of the Church to the public, the system ran wonderfully smoothly.

Steve and Jackie attended many of the events organised at the Church, and when, due to ill health it was not possible for him to attend the Gala Dinner and Auction of Promises at the restored Officers' Mess last year, we were delighted that Jackie attended with Steve’s blessing, accompanied by their son, Paul.

I was touched to learn that towards the end of his life and without informing anyone, Steve and Jackie would go down on occasion to the Church and spend some time together in the garden, enjoying the quietness, being together and doing some gardening work.

All the Trustees will greatly miss Steve’s contribution and wish to express our sincere condolences to Jackie and the family. We hope that it may be possible at some future date to organise an event in his memory.

Tim Barnes

Chairman

Woolwich Garrison Church Trust

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St George's Garrison Church in Woolwich, with its modern canopy roof and stunning mosaics, is both an evocative ruin and a contemporary space. Designed by Thomas H Wyatt in an Italian-Romanesque style, the Church was built between 1862-63 to serve the Royal Artillery in Woolwich. Today it is run by a local group, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust who are committed to making it available for all to visit and enjoy. Directly opposite the Barracks in Woolwich, South East London, come and enjoy its beauty and peaceful garden.

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