As a small boy Sydney Barrett attended Westminster Abbey Choir School. He became a Bahá'í in Northampton in 1948 when there were less than 400 Bahá'ís in the country. Sydney and his wife Gladys moved to Weybridge in the early 1960s where Sydney was employed at Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd., later BAC. Gladys became a Bahá'í in 1967.
Sydney and Gladys were the first Bahá'ís to live and settle in Weybridge and they played an active part in Bahá'í community life in and around Surrey during the 30 years they lived in Brooklands Road, Weybridge. In 1978 they volunteered their services for two years at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel.
Gladys passed away in 1997 and Sydney a year later in 1998. They are buried in Weybridge Cemetery.
The Bahá'í faith holds that God has reached different people at different times in different ways. This is known as 'progressive revelation'. Followers believe in prophets from many world religions, including Abraham, Muhammed, Jesus and the Buddha.
Bahá'u'lláh founded the religion in nineteenth-century Persia. Unity was his key teaching. Followers believe the time has now come for worldwide unity of religion and unity of mankind - universal 'oneness'. Bahá'ís also believe in complete equality between men and women.