Kolar Gold Fields Sunday 26th October 2014
This was one of the biggest highlights of the whole trip. Today we went to St. Michael and All Angels church, KGF for the Sunday service. Nanny and Papa were married here on 6th August 1922. All six of their children were baptised here and tragically their son David ‘s funeral was also held here after he died at the age of eight from amoebic dysentery.
Nanny had a huge faith and church was a central part of her life and it was wonderful to share the worship of the present day church family. The church, like St. Michael’s Bangalore, had whitewashed walls, stained glass shuttered windows and rattan pews and a deeply spiritual atmosphere. We were made to feel wonderfully welcome and honoured. Jeevan had organised flowers for us to present in memory of the Rishworth family and Deirdre and I made a donation; Martin and I went to the altar to present it and we were given a special blessing. What an amazing feeling it was for Martin and me to walk up the aisle and to be blessed in the same way that Nanny and Papa must have been at their wedding all those years ago! It had an added emotional impact for me as I was wearing Nanny’s wedding ring that my mother remade and Deirdre had given me just before we flew out. Full circle in a band of gold.
After the service we had chai and met many members of he congregation who had vivid memories of KGF and also could recall the Rishworth family. They were amazed to see Papa’s remarkable films that Martin had downloaded onto his iPad and took a genuine interest in our family’s history.
I must admit that I had a tearful few moments as I realised that I had finally reached my destination after a journey of several thousand miles and across nearly 100 years.