Death of North Walsham Congregational minister
Reverend Richard Woodhouse, of North Walsham Congregational Church, has died unexpectedly at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on January 12 2021.
Rev Woodhouse served as assistant minister at Cowper Memorial Congregational Church in Dereham before being appointed as minister of the church in 1985. He later gave oversight to Hingham Congregational Church, near Wymondham and, in September 1993, moved to become the minister at North Walsham where he served until 2008.
In the May of that year, he accepted a call to become the minister of Kentish Town Congregational Church, London, where he remained until 2013. But he was called once again to North Walsham and returned to serve there for a second time.
The Reverend Richard Woodhouse, who was 64, was described as well-respected, and his colleagues within the church said that his death had left "a great sense of loss amongst the churches that he served”.
Rev Woodhouse was a regular preacher at many of Norfolk’s Congregational churches and served the wider denomination in a variety of ways. After many of the Congregational churches became part of the United Reformed Church, he remained a staunch Congregationalist and served both the churches and the community in which he lived “with great faithfulness”.
His funeral took place at North Walsham Congregational Church on Wednesday, February 3, conducted by the Rev Chris Damp, minister of Bunyan Meeting House in Bedford. A burial at Scarning churchyard, near Dereham, followed the service.
A memorial service is being planned and will take place once Covid restrictions are lifted.
Donations in his memory can be made to North Walsham Congregational Church via Murrell Cork Funerals, 57a Mundesley Road, North Walsham, NR28 0DB.
This is based on an article in the North Norfolk News.
The photo above was supplied to the North Norfolk News.