St Barbaras Day

Discussion in 'Gunners' started by goatbagthedruid, Dec 13, 2009.

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  1. Although I didn't post anything on the Forum on 4 Dec, a slightly belated Happy St Barbara's Day. For those of you that don't know, here's a bit of History about our Patron Saint.

    Cut and paste from Wikipedia - the only knowledge source!

  2. Ah the Patron Saint of Mass Destruction!
  3. St Barbara is also the patron saint of the RN's now defunct Gunnery branch and, nowadays, the Above Water Warfare specialisation, officers of which are entitled to join the St Barbara Association. The church at HMS Excellent on Whale Island in Portsmouth, long time alma mater of the RN Gunnery branch, is even dedicated to St Barbara. During WW II, HMS St Barbara was the name given to the RN's gunnery range at Bognor Regis.
  4. Out of interest, there is an excellent but plain stained glass window dedicated to St Barbara at St Mary,s in the market in Stockport. Also a superb painting of her can be found at St Laurences church in Ludlow.
  5. so how are we all celebrating it this year?