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Memorial Service: ​Lord Jenkin of Roding, 1926-2016​

Regulars | By James Hughes-Onslow

The Rev Jane Sinclair, Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret’s Church, gave the bidding at a thanksgiving for Patrick Jenkin, former Cabinet minister in the Heath and Thatcher governments. ‘Away from the public eye, Patrick relaxed among friends and family as a gifted musician and gardener and, when in Westminster, he was a regular here in St Margaret’s,’ she said. You can say that again, vicar. In twenty-three years in the Commons, then twenty-seven in the Lords, Jenkin was in the Speaker’s Church most Sundays. Daughter Nicola Jenkin and friends sang the Introit from Psalm 91 by Mendelssohn. Her sister, Flora Christison, read the first lesson. Her brother Bernard Jenkin MP gave the second reading, from Matthew 8, about Jesus saving the servant of a centurion. Another brother, Canon Charles Jenkin, an Ipswich vicar, offered a prayer for his father: ‘Let us call to mind our own special...

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