Little, Wilfrid James
1901-2001; e.m. 1928

PM minister, born at Kington Langley, Wilts on 21 December 1901. (His paternal grandmother had sat at Hugh Bourne's knee as a child.) He trained for the ministry at Hartley College. He was a founder member of the Methodist Church Music Society in 1935 and of the Hymn Societyof Great Britain and Ireland in 1936. He served both societies in many capacities and when he died was an honorary vice-president of both. In his early days he organized and conducted many music festivals. In retirement in Bristol he was closely associated with the New Room, where he served for one year as Warden. He also completed the work of the Rev. Leslie Bunn and Arthur Holbrook on a major revision of Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, published by the Hymn Society as Methodist Hymnody, a fascicle to supplement the Dictionary of Hymnology. He died in his hundredth year on 8 August 2001.

  • Methodist Recorder, 13 September 2001