Stuart Vennart Obituary

Warm tributes paid to Stuart Vennart

Warm tributes were paid to Stuart Vennart at his funeral service at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church on Tuesday, August 18. Stuart died suddenly in the garden of his home in Bishop Monkton on August 4.

In a moving address David Arundell,  Senior Church Steward, recalled the role Stuart had played in the formation of the Bishop Monkton Youth Club two years ago. He was all for it and was always ready to help, David recalled.David remembered one occasion when Stuart had volunteered to keep an eye on a side room where electronic games were being played by the youngsters.'A little later I passed by the room and heard a cheer, then silence, then another cheer. On looking in, I found Stuart seated at a play station racing cars round the track and surrounded by more than 20 children egging him on'.

Stuart loved being with the children and often organised ball games and rounders for them. He also enjoyed setting up the BBQ and cooking the food.He was very generous to the Youth Club and provided everything needed for each BBQ, including all the food.

He was involved in many other areas of life at the Methodist Church. He ran the chapel consultation on worhip group which plans the next quarter's service and own arranged services.He was also in the ecumenical team and planned meetings with friends at the Anglican Church, arranging joint harvest suppers and joint services thereby bringing the two churches together with great success.

Stuart was also a chapel steward and brought much to the stewards' meetings. His knowledge on church matters was invaluable and much appreciated.He also played a leading role at the men's breakfast meeting held on the first Saturday in the month and which alternate between Pateley Bridge and Summerbridge.He also started the film club in the chapel, and ran it with the help of Michael Hogan, an expert in all things electrical and tecnical.

Stuart was also instrumental in getting a new projector for the chapel as a permanent fixture, and also saw to the fitting of the new glass front door, bringing the project to fruition after years of debate.  In short, David concluded, Stuart was 'a doer and not a sayer'. Another warm tribute was paid to Stuart by Sister Janet Durbin who took the service.All agreed that Stuart will be very sadly missed.