Thanksgiving Service for the late Sir Simon Benton Jones
A Thanksgiving Service for Sir Simon Benton Jones, 4th baronet, will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Irnham NG33 4JB at 1.00pm on Thursday 2nd February.
You are asked to park at Irnham Hall (the car park will be signed) and to walk in front of the Hall to the Church. There will be WC facilities available in the grounds of the Hall.
Please leave the pew seats marked ‘reserved’ for the family and for those who are not able to stand for the duration of the service. By asking people to stand many more will be able to be in the Church, though there will also be an overflow marquee with a speaker link and a limited number of seats.
Sir Simon was Patron of Irnham Church and donations, in his memory, to St Andrew’s Fabric Fund can be left in the bowls at the back of the Church or sent c/o Hall Farm, Irnham, Lincolnshire NG33 4JD.
The family have arranged for one coach at Grantham station to meet the King’s Cross train dep 1035 / arr 1139 and to return from Irnham Hall at 1515 prompt to Grantham for the King Cross train dep 1604 / arr 1721.
SIR SIMON BENTON JONES Bt.
of Irnham Hall, Irnham
Sir Simon Benton Jones died on 28th December 2016 after close to six weeks in Peterborough City hospital following a fall at home. He leaves his adored wife, Margaret and beloved children, Fiona, Fleur, Jamie, David and Alastair together with 12 grandchildren.
Sir Simon inherited the Irnham Estate from his grandfather and came to live with Lady Benton Jones at Irnham Hall in the late 1960s. In addition to running the Estate business, Sir Simon held many public offices including High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1977, Patron of St Andrew’s Church, a member of the Parochial Church Council and a Parish Councillor for over 40 years, a Magistrate for 30 years including being Chairman of the Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Bench, a Governor of the Irnham Village and the Charles Read Schools and a member of the Harlaxton College Advisory Council for 38 years. He was also well known for his support of the British Red Cross Christmas Bazaar which was organised by Lady Benton Jones at Irnham Hall over 30 years.
Sir Simon was a true gentleman with a kind heart and a generous spirit. He loved the countryside and the people connected with it. Irnham was a special place in his eyes and he will be sorely missed as the Squire.