Herbert Howells Memorial
Howells Society formed by Maurice Bent to raise funds to erect a memorial to Lydney born Herbert Howells. The only recognition to him was a plaque on the house next to the Baptist church.
At the first meeting of a few interested music lovers they agreed to go ahead. At the end of the meeting Maurice said just a memorial would not keep his name alive so he put forward the idea that the group hold a bursary for young musicians living in the bounds of the Forest of District Council. To Date the society has held seven very successful bursary’s.
The unveiling and dedication service took place on February 24th 2008 the 25th anniversary of his death, with a full church.
The choir of Gloucester Cathedral sang Howells Gloucester service. The Introit was, Howells Take him earth for cherishing, composed and sung at J. F. Kennedy memorial service. The anthem As the Hart Desireth the Water Brook.
The Memorial was dedicated by Bishop Michael of Gloucester, and the unveiled by Joe Pelissier Howells grandson.
See photos of Memorial, Unveiling and Choir.