Obituary; Sidney Hinkes
Swindon peace protesters are mourning the loss of Revd Sidney Hinkes, the Chair of Swindon Stop the war Coalition who died last week, just days after his 81st birthday.
Revd Hinkes has played a very active role in Swindon and was known throughout the country as a leading figure in the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship. In 2004 he debated with both Swindon MPs, Julia Drown and Michael Wills at Swindon College, about the wisdom of the war on Iraq.
He served as a paratrooper in the Second World War, and was ordained into the Church of England in 1954. He was active in the Peace movement for 50 years , and during the first Aldermaston march in 1958, he provided accommodation for the peace marchers protesting against Britain’s own nuclear weapons, which led to the birth of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. In addition to playing an active role in the Swindon Stop the war Coalition, Revd Hinkes also organised the Malmesbury Peace and Justice Group.
Secretary of Swindon Stop the War Coalition, Andy Newman said: “Sidney will be truly missed, he was a good man, very committed and knowledgeable. He was a pacifist opposed to all wars, whereas most of us are opposed to the specific wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Sidney taught us a great deal about how people with different ideas can work together.”
Revd Hinkes funeral is at 12 pm on Saturday 18th February at All Saints' Church Crudwell, half way between Cirencester and Malmesbury.
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