I said farewell to a dear friend last week, Colin Ashdown, who I’ve served  alongside for 39 years. I hardly knew him when came to my ordination in Essex as a pastor way back in 1974; little did I know he would turn out to be such a BEST man. It was obvious by the huge turnout at his funeral he was a BEST man (top man!) to loads of others as well

Tributes were paid to him as a FAMILY man by his niece Kirsty and big brother Bill. They thought the world of him! The way he died on Sunday 10th February impacted them deeply. Through out the day as he lay on his bed Continue reading

Colin Ashdown – my God story

CIMG0424[1]A year ago I asked Colin to write out his journey with God for me, little knowing how precious what he wrote would become. Digging it out this week, I thought others might find it as inspiring as I have and be an encouragement to keep on keeping on with God.

Colin had very little formal education, but had an inquisitive mind and was hungry to learn and grow as a Christian and help others become disciples of the one He loved so much who died for someone so insignificant (or so he thought!) as him.

Abraham Lincoln said something that I think Continue reading

Colin Ashdown

CIMG0424[1]A dear brother and friend died on Sunday 10th February. He had been struggling with his health for the past year and a half,  finding it hard to get his breath but sadly went down hill fast from the Tuesday. His family were with him round his bedside as Colin seemed to sense the end was near, saying he didn’t want to be resuscitated or taken to hospital if he took a turn for the worse. He watched Songs of Praise, looked at his watch and then said,’Take me Lord, I’m ready’, then peacefully breathed his last. He literally fell asleep in the Lord. What a way to go! Hallelujah.

The arrangements for his funeral are as follows:  Tuesday 5 March  11.30 am at

South London Crematorium, Rowan Road Streatham London SW16 5JG

for a brief service of committal,then


All NATIONS CHURCH (Bonneville), 12 Poynders Rd., Clapham Park, SW4 8 NY

followed by light refreshments.

NB Please note Greyhound Lane is closed if wanting to go to the crematorium from Streatham.

A page will be opening shortly on this site in Colin’s memory for tributes and memories to be posted – of which there will no doubt be many!