The story of the Sunday School Banner
In the early 1950s Saltford village began to expand, new housing was built, people moved into Saltford, joining the congregation but not sending their children to Sunday School. Mrs. Ellen Evans (the Rector's wife), Miss Audrey Waller and my brother, Donald Reakes, taught the children who came. It was the Rector, the Rev. James Evans, who said "If only we had a Sunday School banner to let the people see we have a Sunday School", to which my brother Donald replied "I expect my sister will make one". So with help we gathered together material, which was in short supply, especially the type needed to make a Church banner, then, with the help of a child's picture book of Bible stories and a leaflet my mother obtained from the W.I., the banner was made. Then there was the frame to be constructed and my father did this. The crosses he cut from a brass door step found on a blitz site in Bath, the cross bar from a brass curtain rail, and the staff was a brush handle. He very much enjoyed making this and it is still in use.
Some 30 years later the now old and rather soiled banner was stolen, together with the Mothers Union banner. It was some time before it was found, covered in mud beyond cleaning, although an attempt was made. So a new banner was created, using the same picture, and with the help of a friend, Mrs. Gertrude Austin of Bath, it was completed and dedicated to the memory of my brother Donald and also Mrs. Jill Ransome, a young Sunday School teacher who lost her life in a road accident.