Rev Thomas (Tommy) Lambert
Rev Lambert was Chaplain to two mayors (H.G. Williams and H Cole) and was a member of the Diocesan Board of Finances and chairman of the Diocesan Sunday Religious Education Committee. He took a leading part in the local orgnisation of the Sunday School exhibition held at Shire Hall in 1931 and was played an active role in supporting the homeless.
There is less information on his wife “Mrs Lambert”, who was described as “always being active in raising money for parish fetes and fairs”. She was an enrolling member of the Mother’s Union and helped to found the Young Wives Group. Rev Lambert described his wife as “his severest critic and greatest help”. Rev and Mrs Lambert had four sons; Sidney, Donald and Roy.
Rev Lambert and his family were well loved by the parish at the time for their leadership and their way of being:
Gloucester Journal, 1951
Of course, there have been a number of Vicars since Rev Lambert that have all made their mark in contributing to the life of St Barnabas and to the parish.
Rev Lambert is largely attributed to the building of the permanent church. He was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Sheffield in 1914 and 1915 respectively and travelled to the West Indies in 1917. In 1922, he returned to England and was placed in Tewkesbury Abbey until 1928 where he was removed to Tuffley as Priest-In-Charge prior to ordination as Vicar in 1930.
"Mr Evans [Churchwarden] said that if the parishioners could have given him the “freedom” of Tuffley they would have done so. They did the next best thing. There was no scroll and no casket – they handed him the key of the church, the key he has used since the church was built. Canon Lambert expressed appreciation of the honour and humorously remarked “I hope your new vicar will not object as he has the right to do so I believe”
Canon Lambert added that he was not quite sure of the legal position regarding the key, but he thought that in the circumstances, all would be well."