On Wednesday, 29th June, Rev Ali Walton was installed as vicar of All Saints, Isleworth. All Saints have been without a vicar for over a year since Rev Anna Brooker left. Over a hundred people packed the church for the formal ceremony led by Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington. The service ended with Ali and the congregation together recommitting themselves to service in the church – to follow Jesus, to evangelise, to teach and learn the faith and to worship God.
Ali comes to Isleworth from Cambridge, where she was Director of Pastoral Studies at Ridley Hall college, a training college for Church of England Ministers. She is married to Steve and the couple moved into Isleworth just two weeks ago. You may find Ali out and about walking her dog along the river and around Old Isleworth – if so, please greet and her and welcome her to Isleworth. Parents and children connected with the Blue School will see more of Ali in the coming weeks and months as well.
Wednesday was also a chance to remember the life of an illustrious previous vicar of All Saints, Isleworth who ministered from 1822-1855. In Upper Square, Old Isleworth, there exists a memorial with a drinking fountain to Rev Henry Glossop – a Victorian era churchman who spearheaded provision for the poor and needy in Isleworth, including use of a well to draw water free of charge. Rev Glossop also had the foresight to see that the new train line coming out of London was bringing new residents north of the river to estates toward the London Road, and a new parish church would be needed. That church became our very own St John the Baptist church. The recently-renovated Henry Glossop memorial was unveiled earlier on Wednesday afternoon by MP Ruth Cadbury and our Hounslow Mayor, Councillor Ajmer Grewal.
With thanks to Brian Grumbridge for checking the historical detail!