March 2021

Thomas and Geraldine were married in September 1938 at Pulham Market
Norfolk. They had two daughters, Janet who married Jim Carnell and had a
son Martin andRhona who married Bill Sturrock. Thomas was a builder in
Claypole for many years who worked for himself. He did a lot of work on
Claypole Church wall and paths.
Thomas and Geraldine moved to Long Bennington when they retired in
September 1971, mainly due to the availability of bus services and doctors.
Thomas passed away April 3rd 1974 with the service being held in St Peters Claypole. His family gave a hymn board and altar book stand made of oak to
Claypole church in his memory.
Geraldine’s father had served in the Indian Mutiny in 1857 and later became a Chelsea Pensioner. Geraldine was invited to Chelsea Hospital for a VIP
day.  Together with her grandson Martin, she had lunch in the Great Hall with allthe Chelsea pensioners. What a wonderful day they had and she
was so proud when Martin became a church warden at St Peters.
An oil painting showing Robert John Franklin that hangs in the reception hall of Chelsea Hospital, where the Chelsea Pensioners are in residence.
Having continued to live in Long Bennington after Thomas died, Geraldine
then went in to the Oaks Nursing Home as she was not able to cope and
passed away on October 14th 2002. The family decided to add to monies
collected at her funeral service to provide curtains for the High Altar, Lady Chapel and choir stalls at St Peters. Rev George Munn, Janet, Martin and Ethel Hughes went off to the Fabric Warehouse in Grantham. Ethel Hughes was a highly trained seamstress and tailor was going to make them. Ethel lived at Fen Farm on Main Street. Janet asked Ethel if she could help and had to go to Ethels for a sewing test which she passed with flying colours. Ethel asked “Who taught you to sew like that ?” “It was my mother.” “She taught you well. You have got the job.”
The gold crosses on each tab of the altar curtains were hand stitched by Janet using the thread from a gold evening cape.The curtains were dedicated at a family service in October 2003 with a bring and share lunch by Rev George Munn which was so moving. Thomas Powell and Geraldine Musson would have been so proud,they had a great passion for St Peters church and Claypole.
Janet Carnell
The Musson Family
The Musson family date back to the 1700s and were a large Claypole family. Thomas Powell Musson was born on the 16th of July 1900 to
Mathew and Priscilla Musson, and was the youngest of six children. As a child Thomas lived in one of the cottages that were demolished to be replaced by the village hall.
Thomas was a builder and worked on the old Balderton Hospital site which is now the Fernwood Estate. He then went to work in
London for a while.He met his future wife at a dance in Fulbeck Village Hall. Geraldine Franklin worked for a family in London who had rented Fulbeck Hall for the summer and of course Geraldine came with them. Geraldine was born April 22nd 1906 to Robert John Franklin and his wife Myra.