Christ Church, Heaton Norris

Christ Church, Heaton Norris, 1893

Lancashire Hill School: Councillor Samuel Lucas

With deep sorrow we record the passing away of our Senior Visitor. For fifty-four years as Teacher and Visitor, Mr Lucas laboured unceasingly in this part of the Master’s vineyard with the same spirit and holy desire as the men who, over a century ago, were inspired to build and equip our school. His influence with the younger scholars was quite magnetic – he was greatly beloved by them – and many now grown to full estate acknowledge with gratitude the beneficial effect upon their lives of his wonderful personality. To all who were associated with him in the work of the school he has left a fragrant memory, and has faithful devotion may well be an inspiration to us to do everything we can to maintain the traditions of a noble past in the work of bringing the kingdom of heaven to the hearts of the scholars. Our sympathy goes out to the members of the family in their bereavement, with the earnest prayer that God may be with them in their great sorrow. At the interment, which took place at Christ Church, Heaton Norris, a marked tribute was paid to the memory of Mr Lucas as a citizen and member of the local governing authority. The Mayor attended, wearing official insignia, with many other members of the Corporation, and representatives of various public bodies. The proceedings at our school on Sunday afternoon, 29th March, will take the form of an In Memoriam service, in which the chief officials of the Institution will take part.’