Parish of Leatherhead, Surrey
Extracts from the Great War Parish Magazines - 1918
From the January Parish Magazine 1918
LETHERHEAD WAR HOSPITAL SUPPLY WORK-ROOMS, FETCHAM GROVE.
The Penny Collecting Cards brought in over £70. The money will provide
materials for dressing-gowns, shirts, bandages, surgical dressings,
etc., all of which are urgently needed. The work-rooms re-open on
Tuesday, Jan. 8th.
E. Hicks, Hon. Sec.
THE PARISH MAGAZINE.
The Magazine is at last free from the incubus which has oppressed it for
something like a score of years; and starts afresh with this number
entirely free from debt. This happy result has been brought about by the
energies of the ladies of the recently formed Parish Magazine Committee,
and the generosity of the Parishioners to whom they appealed for help. I
am inexpressibly grateful to them all for their relief from the burden
of a very great anxiety. It now remains for us of the Committee to carry
on the publication of the Magazine with a stricter attention to economy,
and for the Parish as a whole, if it desires that the publication should
be continued, to give it considerably increased support.
There is a very great number of households who do not take it in
regularly, and who could without difficulty afford the 1/- a year—far
below cost price—at which it is issued to those who really cannot pay
more: many of which yet protest from time to time if certain items of
information chance to have been omitted from it. That indicates that the
existence of the Magazine is valued in the Parish by people who do not
realise that its existence really requires their support. The printers’
charges for the next three months are increased by 20 per
T. F. H.
THE BISHOP’S LETTER.
My dear People,
I long to say a word to you for the New Year. ‘Happy New Year’ is what
we hardly dare say this time: it must be a sad year: it must carry an
almost overpowering burden of anxiety and suspense. But can we say
something better, ‘a Grand New Year.' It may, if God will, see exploits
of defence against oncoming masses, or of bold offensive, as grand at
least as those made already by our heroic armies and crowned with
success. It may be grand, in spite of dark outlook to-day, with
honourable peace. It may be grand in the courage, patience, and faith of
our people, if, in the spirit of President Wilson’s noble speech to his
Congress, the country wakes to the clear, full, open-eyed understanding
that it stands for a mighty cause, with everything at stake to lose or
win for ourselves and for the world: and so determines to throw aside
the selfishness, and the backwardnesses, and the slacknesses, and the
boastful bluster and downhearted grumblings, and to throw itself into
one strenuous, concentrated, self-denying effort to carry through. It
may be a grand year if the nation ‘finds itself, finds its soul and its
faith, strong in reliance not on its own bow or sword, but in the Name
of the Lord, and in His Right Hand.
(1) Our present task is to fight, and fight through:
we took it up with a good conscience: we have carried it on at
tremendous cost and sacrifice: to flinch now would not be wisdom or
moderation, but weakness. Fighting is an odious task, but, like other
things, once taken up it must be done thoroughly. Not brutally, nor
vindictively, but just thoroughly, doggedly, bravely, to the end.
(2) But doggedness is not to be dullness. Mere
fighting month by month deadens and dulls. The fighting of a great
nation must be for a great cause, clearly and nobly understood: with
open eyes and clear conscience and quick understanding. We must listen
for the voices which really uplift and strengthen by reminding us of
what is the meaning through it all and beyond it all: the purpose which
war is to serve, and peace by God’s blessing is to secure.
(3) A nation thus alert in heart must be awake to God.
For all great issues in the world come from God and lead to God. They
are parts of His purpose, and of His combat. This mindfulness of God
keeps boasting down and lifts faintheartedness up. We can but do our
best: He judges right. He only sees all and sees true. We want to win
for righteousness’ sake. But He may see that at present we need defeat,
and cannot bear victory. Or it may be that victory must come bitter
through trial—and be like Barak’s (Judges iv. 9)—less to our honour than
we had fancied. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of
God that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him.”
(4) With such godly fear must go greater keenness to
be worthy of the vocation with which Britain and her Empire or
Commonwealth of daughter peoples are charged: more zeal to see our
common life strenuous, unselfish, fair to all, ‘favourable to’ the poor,
clean, pure, and temperate,—as of one that has loins girded for his
All this means in plain English that 1918 brings to our country the call
for a great spiritual effort, or effort of its spirit. Are we capable of
it? There is only one way. Spirit only can work upon spirit. That
which is born of the flesh is flesh. The Spirit of God must be upon the
nation, touching its conscience, kindling its purpose, strengthening its
will. The Spirit is of God’s giving, not of our making. But He wills
that we should ask: He bids us seek.
Here surely is our special task in the Church of Christ. For the Church,
if it is not the soul of the Nation, at any rate lives to quicken that
soul, to call down God’s blessing into it.
So we come to Proclamation Sunday. The Nation through the King calls out
to us to pray: to open 1918 with prayer. Let us make no formal reply. I
do earnestly entreat all, clergy and people, to make a great effort in
this matter, to use the opportunity so that at the end of the day we may
feel we have made a real effort in prayer, and that we carry forward a
big impulse of steady praying into the coming months.
So then, by God’s Blessing, 'a Grand New Year to you all.'
Yours in fatherly regard and care,
HATRED OF ENEMIES.
I HAVE been asked to print in this number of the Magazine, the letter of
our Bishop to the “Times” of Dec, 26th, 1917, which I read in Church on
Sunday, Dec. 30th. I add to it extracts from two other letters from the
“Times” of the same date which I also quoted on that morning.
T. F. H.
Sir,—It is impossible to leave Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Christmas letter
to you without some notice or reply. I have been in comradeship with Sir
Arthur at least once (in the campaign on behalf of the tortured races of
the Congo) in a way which left behind a feeling of regard, possibly
mutual, certainly on my part sincere. Perhaps, therefore, this and my
standing in years may make it better for me than for another
“platitudinous Bishop” to write. It is impossible for a Christian nation
to have the precepts of Christ flatly challenged without any word of
firm remonstrance and repudiation on behalf of those who desire to be
I can do this best if I say, first, how far I go with Sir Arthur. I too
“tremble” with indignation (the word has literal truth) when I hear even
at second hand of these monstrous doings by Germans to the English
officers who fell into their cruel hands. I too feel that these things
ought in due place and measure to be known. The cards of fact ought to
be on the table in a crisis so tremendous as this. I was glad when Lord
Bryce’s Committee gave us the awful facts of the Belgian invasion in
I too resent with Sir Arthur the way in which pacifists, or some of
them, while they underline every British fault and mistake, shut their
eyes to or minimize or doubt the authentic records of the brutality
which force-worship, encouraged by thinkers and rulers alike, has led
Germans to commit and to justify—or to regard as hardly needing
justification. I too desire with him that our people should be nerved in
every right way for the appalling strain of effort and patience under
bereavement which is needed for going through to the end with a
righteous cause; and I should prefer that Christian-minded English
gentlemen rather than clerics like myself should decide how far it is
necessary to go in diffusing German infamies, and spreading the
“tremble” of indignation.
But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle goes far beyond this. He is perfectly
definite. He recognises no limitations. “The Uses of Hatred” is the
title of his letter, and the substance of it agrees. “Hate has its uses
in war, as the Germans have long discovered. It steels the mind and sets
the resolution as no other emotion can do.” We possess the best
“material” for awakening this “strong elemental emotion,” and we neglect
our opportunity. To me it seems a wonderful and terrible thing that we
should look German conduct in the face, see it for what it is, denounce
it as such, and then imitate it, and preach a gospel of imitation.
Nothing that has happened disgusted us more than the Kaiser’s decoration
of the author of the Hymn of Hate. Was he then, after all, not so wrong?
The reply will perhaps be, “England, thank God, has given no such
occasion for hate as these German abominations.”
Agreed: with just the limitation that you should not be too confident
when you are judge not only of your own case, but of how that case
appears to the enemy. But has Sir Arthur never considered the simple
moral distinction between hatred of the sin and hatred of the sinner?
Christ denounced the Scribes and Pharisees for what they did and taught.
There was no lack of hatred for the evil in His words. But it was from
those lips that came the precepts : “Love you enemies, do good to them
that hate you, pray for them that despite-fully use you”; the precept
with which Sir Arthur seems to invite us, under sufficient temptation,
finally to part company.
In our own day President Wilson has known, if any man has, how to make
words scorch and lash. I should be surprised if he descended, from the
moral level on which he has kept us, to this endorsement of hate. I pray
Sir Arthur to reconsider, and his readers to refuse. To abstain from
hatred under such circumstances is perhaps as hard a moral duty as any
that can face us. But are we to be told that moral duties only hold good
until the temptation to transgress them becomes sufficiently strong?
I would add that there is one reason of interest (in the highest sense)
why we should follow the way of duty. For if indeed it be true that the
moral forces are in the end in God’s world the forces that win, and if
we are out against the embodied lie that might can dispense with right,
then the harm that will come in the end from inoculating our souls with
the hateful poison of hate will even for the purpose of the war bring us
weakness rather than strength, while it must infect our body politic for
its future course and for struggles on behalf of liberty and of justice
(in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would, I surely hope, be out for the
right) with the weakness of a terrible disease.
I am, Sir, yours faithfully,
Farnham Castle, Surrey, Dec. 26.
“By doing always what seemed to us to be right we have enlisted the
sympathy of the world on our side, and therefore we are strong: but we
should lose much of that sympathy if we cultivated hatred as a weapon of
Sir,—Sir A. Conon Doyle’s plea for the publication of German wickedness
will miss its mark for lack of a right word. “Hate,” and certainly hate
as in Germany, is a treacherous help even to a fighter, like the spur of
a dangerous drug, and to the Christian is a thing forbid.
But there is the best Christian reason for teaching our people the
facts. If vengeance is God’s, judgment is also man’s.
Our nation’s spiritual duty is, as Christ commanded, to judge righteous
judgment, and having judged to execute. To judge rightly we must know
what the criminal did, and why. But hate is the wrong word for the
inspiration which the righteous judgment should yield. The right word is
anger. Anger can be Divine, as in Jesus, who “looked round with anger.”
Britain can be angry and sin not. To be less than this would be the true
sin. Christ on the Cross prayed the Father to forgive His enemies. Did
the Father forgive, without punishment and repentance? Jerusalem laid
even with the ground was part answer to Christ’s prayer. Germany on the
ground, with broken sword, must be the beginning of an answer to a
Christian's prayer to-day.
Oxford. John H. Skrine.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The Military Cross has been awarded to Lt. Oliver Stanley Webb, of the
The Military Medal has been awarded to Pte. Ernest Frederick Palmer,
2/7th Bn. King’s Liverpool Regt. (formerly of the 5th Bn. East Surrey
The following announcement appeared in the “Times” of Dec. 12th, 1917.
AN OFFICER’S SACRIFICE OF HIS LIFE.
Story of a Noble Deed.
The King has awarded the Albert Medal in gold in recognition of the
conspicuous gallantry and self-sacrifice of 2nd Lt. Grey de L. Leach,
late of the 1st Bn. Scots Guards. The circumstances are as follows :—
“In France on Sept. 3rd, 1916, Lieutenant Leach was examining bombs in a
building in which two non-commissioned officers were also at work, when
the fuse of one of the bombs ignited. Shouting a warning he made for the
door, carrying the bomb pressed close to his body, but on reaching the
door he found other men outside, so that he could not throw the bomb
away without exposing others to great danger. He continued therefore to
press the bomb to his body until it exploded, mortally wounding him.
Lieutenant Leach might easily have saved his life by thowing the bomb
away or dropping it on the ground and seeking shelter, but either course
would have endangered the lives of those in or around the building. He
sacrificed his own life to save the lives of others.”
From the February Parish Magazine 1918
On Sunday, Feb. 17th, the Annual Sermons will be preached in aid of
Missions to Seamen, which are doing such splendid work for our Seamen
both of the Navy, and Merchant, Transport, and Fishing Services in these
days of war. In the Parish Church the preacher, morning and evening,
will be the Rev. F. C. Lees, Organizing Secretary to the Missions.
THE DAY OF PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING.
(partially adapted from the Letherhead Advertiser.)
This day was well observed here. There were larger attendances at the
Holy Communion both in the Parish Church and at All Saints’. The morning
service at the Parish Church was attended by the 10th Batt. Surrey
Volunteers, the V.A.D. orderlies and nurses, and a number of
convalescent patients from the Red Cross Hospital, who were all seated
together in the body of the church.
The first part of the Service was read by the Rev. St. Clare Hill,
Chaplain to the Battalion; the Special Litany by the Rev. C. J. Sharp;
and the Vicar read out the names of the Letherhead men who had fallen in
the war and also prefaced a short address by the King’s Proclamation and
a letter from the Bishop of the Diocese.
The evening service, which was also conducted by the Vicar, was attended
by the members of the Urban Council in their official capacity, by the
Church Lads’ Brigade and Boy Scouts.
The services at All Saints’ Church, where the Rev. R. B. Maurice
officiated, were also of special character. The collections during the
day were in aid of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John
and amounted at the Parish Church to £25 10s. 6d, at All Saints’ to £8
In the afternoon a united service was held at the Victoria Hall, were
there was a crowded attendance. On the platform were the Vicar (Rev, T.
F. Hobson), Rev. W. E. Morgan (Congregational Minister), Rev. F. Colwyn
Vale (Wesleyan Minister), Rev. Canon Hunter (Rural Dean), Rev. E. A.
Downes (Headmaster of St. John’s School), Rev. C. J. Sharp, Rev. H. G.
Jameson, and Rev. S. M. Whitwell. The service opened with the singing of
the hymn, “O God, our help in ages past,” after which the King’s
Proclamation was read by the Vicar, and prayers were said and the 46th
Psalm read by the Rev. F. Colwyn Vale. After the hymn “Eternal Father”
an excellent address on Prayer was given by the Rev. W. E. Morgan. The
names of the Letherhead men who have fallen in the war were read by the
Vicar, who also said the closing prayers. After the hymn “O God of
Peace” the Vicar pronounced the Benediction, and an impressive service
concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. The collection
amounted to £4 16s. and after deduction of expenses £2 9s. were sent to
the Joint War Committee of the Brit. Red Cross and Order of S. John.
LETHERHEAD NURSING ASSOCIATION.
Nurse Mckenna, who ever since the outbreak of war has been serving as a
Sister in the local Red Cross Hospital, has now returned to her post as
District Nurse;—and all calls for her help in cases of illness should be
made to her at 2, Burton Villas, Poplar Road, as in previous years.
During her absence of over 3 years from the district work, her place has
been most excellently taken by Nurse Florence Rodgers—now Mrs. E. R.
Watson, —to whom the Committee of the Nursing Association and her many
patients offer their most grateful thanks.
THE VICAR’S LETTER.
Lent begins on the 13th of this month. It is, of course, a time for
special self-denial in token of sorrow for sin, and for real effort at
amendment of life. How shall we best keep it this year? The need of the
country, and the circumstances of the time, enforce upon us, whether we
are willing or not, definite restrictions in the matter of food: the
duty of fasting—the simplest and most obvious form of self-denial and
the most practical means of acquiring self-control, of subduing the
flesh to the spirit, is no longer a voluntary thing. In spite of that,
too many people still find means of evading the fulfilment of that duty.
One very real way of “keeping Lent” accordingly lies clear before us. It
is to follow the rules laid down for us by the authorities, not
grudgingly, just so far as we are absolutely obliged to do so; but
cheerfully and with absolute conscientiousness, as a sacrifice of self
to the claims of God against Whom we have offended, and for the welfare
of our fellow citizens: who suffer increase of privation in proportion
as any of us try to shift the burden from our own shoulders.
Lent is also the time for special turning to God in prayer, both public
and private. Many of us can make more effort at regular joining in
public worship, both on Sundays and week-days: on the latter by
attending the Services of Intercession and instruction on Wednesday
evenings, and can try to make their prayer at home more real and
definite. Taking part in public services of intercession is a real help
towards this: it aids, if we give our minds to it, in keeping before us
particular things about which we can pray to God at all times.
And another way to keep this season is to spend a little more time, if
it is only half-an-hour a day, in really serious thought about God and
how we stand in regard to Him, how far we are following His commandments
as to our duty to Him and to our neighbours : to study and think about
His Word to us in the Bible; to read books—as far as we have
opportunity—which may help us to realise what God requires of us, and
how far we fall short of it; and which may open our eyes more fully to
the needs of our neighbour, and of our country and empire.
And as to Almsgiving. In spite of the increased cost of living this is
in some ways made easier for very many of us ; and the way to it is
certainly very plainly indicated. In many ways we are unable to spend
upon ourselves—the things are not to be had, even if we have the money
which would procure them: there is therefore in the hands of many—I know
also that it is not in the hands of very many—a good deal of money which
need not be, and should not be, spent upon ourselves in new ways. It can
be given to God in very various forms for the relief of suffering, for
the need of those who are in real want, for the extension of His kingdom
at home and abroad: and also for the strengthening of our country’s
ability to maintain the cause of His righteousness in the War in which
we all are engaged.
We shall, I hope, during this month hear a great deal about the War
Savings Association in Letherhead, and see a very great extension of its
working among us: and where money invested in them means self-denial,
means a refraining from spending it upon things which are not absolutely
essential to ourselves, means a willing giving of what costs us
something for a high and noble object, such application of our money is
a true almsgiving—a giving of our substance, because our hearts are
touched, to the glory and honour of God.
I have before me a post card which again shews the design of entangling
persons in this Parish with a “Chain of Prayer.” I trust that any to
whom such demands are sent will not take the slightest notice of this
most foolish and superstitious appeal. The attempt to deceive people
into imagining that something dreadful will happen to them, if they
break the chain, and fail to comply with the call to copy a prayer on
post cards and send one of these on a number of successive days to a
fixed number of people is nothing less than an invention of the devil.
It would be difficult to conceive anything further removed from the
spirit of true prayer as taught us by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours very faithfully,
T. F. Hobson.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The Distinguished Conduct Medal has been awarded to Cpl. (Acting Sergt.)
Percy William Wilsden, R.F.A., now serving at Salonica.
The following have given their lives for the cause :—
Pte. Alexander T. Songhurst, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regt.,
killed in action, 1917.
Pte. Harry Godwin, 1/5th Bedford Regt., killed in action in
Palestine, Dec. 1st, 1917.
Pte. Lyall ML Neale, 5th Bn., Royal Queen’s West Surrey Regt,
died of wounds in Palestine, Dec. 21st, 1917.
We greatly regret to record the death of Mrs. Skene at her
brother-in-law’s house at Appleton, near Warrington. She had been in
very delicate health for some time, but it was hoped that she was on the
highway to recovery, when a relapse occurred, and she passed away on
Jan. 1st. Mrs. Skene, who had lived for some time at the Little Dene,
Kingston Avenue, was married to the Rev. A. P. Skene, then
Curate-in-charge of All Saints’ Church, on July 1st, 1914, and gave
invaluable aid to her husband’s work as District Visitor and in many
other ways. This she continued for half a year after Mr. Skene left us
in order to become Chaplain to the Forces at Easter, 1916, until her own
departure from Letherhead.
Both of them were greatly missed by their many friends in Letherhead,
and the deepest sympathy will be felt by all of us for Mr. Skene in his
The Rev. A. P. Skene desires to thank all his friends in Letherhead very
gratefully for their kindness in his bereavement.
From the March Parish Magazine 1918
The Rev. C. J. Sharp has been placed by the Bishop among the number of
those Clergy of the Diocese to whom a summons may be sent at any near
date for active service as Chaplain to the Forces at the Front or
elsewhere. It is obvious that when he is called away, a re-arrangement,
and some diminution, of the services in our Churches and of other
Parochial activities will become necessary.
EGG COLLECTION FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS—CHILDREN’S WEEK.
The number of eggs collected by the children of Letherhead was 216. Mrs.
Leach thanks all those who took part in the collecting for this
excellent result—and also for the £1 collected, mainly in coppers, for
the purchase of more eggs.
THE BISHOP’S LETTER.
South Hill, Bassett,
My dear People,
It is not a time, as it seems to me, for saying much. It is the critical
stage of the war. We hold our breath in suspense. We are awaiting the
most colossal onslaught ever delivered. Can we under God withstand it,
as our soldiers quietly and firmly believe? Can we at home hold on
steadily without weakness and division among ourselves?
I find, for myself, no better guidance than that of President Wilson.
His utterances seem to be a touchstone for enfeebling pacificism, and
for a mere bluffing militarism, the two great dangers to the true and
strong patriotism which we need. With unfaltering determination to use
his country's power for the righteous cause, he watches quietly and
steadily for any signs among our enemies of disposition for a peace
which shall be real. I am glad to believe that our own statesmen are at
one with him. But he gives out his meaning with telling power.
I hope that you will study the matter of the League of Nations, of which
the House of Bishops in the recent Convocation unanimously affirmed
Meanwhile for Christian people the time gives opportunity to learn more
deeply and with more reality the lesson of simply dependence upon the
loving Will of God, whether it be to us for victory or for adversity.
And we shall learn it more, if we turn thoughts and anxieties into
prayers, casting all our cares upon Him, for the nation as we might do
If Lent, 1918, teaches us these two things of simple dependence and of
corporate prayer, then it may bring us more blessing than happier times.
God defend the right! and give us peace in His time.
Yours sincerely in fatherly care and regard,
From the April Parish Magazine 1918
It has been decided shortly to secure for the Parish the services of a
Certified Midwife who will live in Letherhead and devote her time to the
nursing of Mothers and Infants in their own homes. It is hoped that she
will come into residence during April. Details as to the scheme of
payment will be published as soon as they are finally settled.
THE VICAR’S LETTER.
As I send this number of the Magazine to the Printers, there comes the
news of the commencement of the long-expected great German attack upon
the Western Front of the Allies line. In this hour of suspense, anxiety
and hope, of uncertainty as to what the days will produce before
anything now written can reach your eyes, I can only say, whatever
happens, “Lift up your hearts unto the Lord” in thankful remembrance of
His Easter-tide assurance, “I am the Resurrection and the life”—for men
and nations— ; “I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive
for evermore”; “Because I live ye shall live also.”
I append some “Notes” from our Bishop which may help us in practical
ways to “lift up our hearts” and keep before us a high ideal of the
service due from us to God and country.
Yours very faithfully
March 23rd, 1918. T. F. Hobson.
The speech of the Prime Minister on March 13th to the Free Churches was
pitched in a fine key.
He warned us of our duty “to preserve the nation from everything which
is unworthy of the sacredness of our cause, and to see that the moral
fibre of the nation is not undermined by drink or vice: and that the
‘flag’ which we have to ‘keep waving high' is not bedraggled in the mud,
is not soiled with vengeance, greed or savagery.” All this is admirable,
if deeds at all keep pace with words.
But in one passage he touched a still higher note: and used words which
should and will live. Warning us that the “horror, suffering, and strain
of a prolonged agony combine to wear down the heart of the stoutest
people,” and demand a “great and sustained inspiration to enable them to
continue to the end,” he said “ the only way to carry any great purpose
is not on your shoulders but in your heart. Carry it on your backs and
it will gradually wear you down. Carry it in your hearts and it will
lift you along.”
To a statesman who can so speak, whatever we may deem to be his faults,
we cannot refuse his appeal “for your help, for your sympathy, and—I say
it with reverence—for your prayers.”
The closing sentences of Mr. Fisher’s speech on the Education Bill
deserves to be reprinted from the authorised report:—
“The broad question before the House is whether the education provided
for the general mass of our young citizens is adequate to our needs.
Let us remember what we have been asking them to do, and what we intend
to ask them to do. We have been asking them to fight and work for their
country; we have been asking them, not only to appreciate the forces of
great political arguments and the significance of grave political
emergencies, but to try to turn their appreciation of those arguments
and emergencies into acts of renunciation and sacrifice. We have been
asking them to die for their country, to economise for their country, to
go short of food for their country, to work overtime for their country,
to abandon trade union rules for their country, to be patient while
towns are bombed from enemy aircraft, and while family after family is
plunged into domestic sorrow.
We have now decided to enfranchise for the first time the women of this
country. I ask then whether the education which is given to the great
mass of our citizens is adequate to the new, serious, and enduring
liabilities which the development of this great world-war creates for
our Empire, or to the new civic burdens which we are imposing upon
millions of them. I say it is not adequate. Any competent judge of facts
in this country must agree with me. I believe it is our duty, here and
now, to improve it, and I hold that if we allow our vision to be blurred
by a catalogue of passing inconveniences we shall not only lose a golden
opportunity but fail in our great trust to posterity.”
From the May Parish Magazine 1918
LETHERHEAD WAR HOSPITAL SUPPLY WORK-ROOMS.
Change of Address.
The work is now being carried on at Hawksbury, a few minutes’ walk from
Fetcham Grove, where workers are asked to attend as often as possible.
The hours of work are :
Tuesday, 10.30—1 and 2—6. Wednesday, 2—6. Thursday, 2—6. Gifts of money
and materials are much needed; especially old linen of every description
for conversion into Hospital requisites.
E. Hicks, Hon, Sec
LETHERHEAD MIDWIFERY AND MATERNITY ASSOCIATION.
Nurse Mary Grist, the certificated Maternity Nurse, whose services have
been secured for the Parish, will take up her work on May 2nd, and it is
certain that a warm welcome will be given to her here. Her address will
be c/o Mrs. Jelly, 2, Hill-top Cottages, Fairfield Road, and those who
wish for her services are asked to apply to her there.
The rules under which her work will be done are as follows:
1.—Application for services of Midwife shall be made at least two months
before the date she will be required.
2.—One half the fees shall be paid at time of booking, the remainder, a
fortnight before the confinement.
[there was no 3]
4.—A card shall be given to the applicant upon which her payments shall
be entered. This card must be sent to the Midwife by a trustworthy
messenger when her services are required.
5 —The Midwife will enter the cases and the amount of any fees received
by her in a book; this book shall be shown to the Superintendent at her
weekly visit and the fees given to her.
6. —The Midwife shall be responsible for the care of
Mother and Infant during the lying-in period, i.e., during the time of
labour and for a fortnight after, or longer if necessary.
7. —The Regulations under the Midwives’ Act of 1916
are very strict, and the Midwife is obliged by law to call in a Doctor
in cases where any complications occur. Should the Midwife be obliged to
do so, the Doctor will take full responsibility for the case, and attend
afterwards as required. In this case the Association will be responsible
for the Doctor's fees.
8. —The Midwife's fees will be:
For a first confinement.......... £1 1s 0d
For later confinements........... 17s 6d
9.—The Nurse must work in accordance with the Rules of the Central
LETHERHEAD CHURCH LADS BRIGADE AND INCORPORATED CHURCH SCOUTS'
The Letherhead Company of the C.L.B. under the command of Cadet Capt. C.
R. Young is going very strong. On Easter Monday, April 1st, it took part
in a parade of the 2nd Winchester Battalion of the C.L.B. held by Lieut.
W. A. Drury, Adjutant of the Battalion, on Bookham Common. The parade
was also attended by the Aldershot, Cranleigh and Dorking companies of
the Battalion. For the competition for the most efficient squad of 8
boys under an N.C.O., adjudged by a visiting officer of the regular
army, our Company entered two squads, and obtained 1st and 3rd places.
In the sports held after the competition, boys of the Letherhead company
won 3 out of the 6 races, and also both the heavy-weight and
light-weight boxing contests.
On Wednesday evening, April 6th, the Company gave a most successful
Entertainment in the Institute, which opened with a Sketch entitled “ A
Kid’s Game," composed by Lieut. Drury, in which the performers were the
author, Col-Sgt. P. A. Coleman, Lce.-Cp. S. Richardson, Ptes. S. Dench,
L. Gutsell, W. Harding, D. Read, and W. Newton. This was followed by a
varied and delightful programme given by the London company of
entertainers who style themselves “The Chocolates.”
During an interval the Chaplain of the Brigade, the Rev. E. Rogers, made
a stirring address on the work of the Brigade, and the invaluable help
which it gives to parents in training the characters of their sons
during what is often a difficult period of their lives.
Altogether, our Company has brought more prominently into view the
fruits of the inestimable and self-sacrificing work carried on during so
many years by the late Capt. Stenning, and has proved that that work is
being continued and advanced in the most capable hands of its present
Captain. It is hoped that the Company may be soon raised to 60 strong;
as it certainly offers many inducements to the boys who join it, and to
their parents to encourage them in doing so. Among all the splendid
services rendered to our country by our soldiers in this War, that of
old C.L.B. boys is particularly fine.
The Annual Vestry Meeting was held, as usual, on the evening of Thursday
in Easter Week, in the Church Room. There was an extremely small
attendance. The Parish Church Accounts showed a reduction of the deficit
of £67 with which the year opened by about £23. It now stands at £44
14s. 6d. The All Saints’ Church Accounts showed a balance in hand, after
all debts had been paid, of £2 15s. 3d. The accounts were passed, and a
voluntary rate of 2d. in the £ as in former years, was adopted. The
Vicar again nominated Mr. W. R. Hewlins as his Warden, and Mr. S. Le
Blanc Smith was unanimously re-elected People’s Warden for the ensuing
year. The Vicar, with the approval of the Meeting, requested the
existing Sidesmen to retain their office, and the usual votes of thanks
to the officers of both Churches were passed with acclamation.
The meeting approved of the plans and specifications for a Tablet which
Mr. and Mrs. Leach desire to place in the Parish Church in memory of
their son, Lt. G. de L. Leach, who gave his life in order to save those
of his men in Sept., 1916. The Vicar stated that nearly 80 Letherhead
men had up to that time laid down their lives for their country, and
that he hoped it would soon be possible to consider what sort of
memorial should be erected in their honour after the War.
THE VICAR’S LETTER.
My dear Friends,
The whole country is in suspense as to the issue of the tremendous and
protracted battle which is being fought in France: both with regard to
its whole result and with regard to the fate of individual men, so dear
to us at home, who are engaged in it. In so many cases definite tidings
of them is long delayed, while rumours of various kinds reach anxious
hearts. We can only pray to God that He will deliver our land and that
of our gallant ally from the power of the enemy: and that He will
“evermore save our men in body and soul, and keep them His both through
life and death,” and that it may please Him to restore them in safety to
their friends. Now as never before we realise that God alone “is our
hope and strength.”
The work of the Church in this Parish is suffering more and more from
the loss of valued helpers, whose places it seems at present difficult
to fill. Yet another district, or rather group of districts, lacks a
visitor through the departure of Miss I. Carpenter, whose kind-hearted,
unselfish labours were so deeply appreciated by all the people in the
very large district to which she has for a long time so devotedly
There are now at least four districts in the upper end of the Parish and
three on the Common which are in need of visitors. It is very much to be
desired that, in spite of all the rules of National Service and new
local special demands on the time of all our people, some ladies may
feel the call to come forward and offer themselves to fill the widening
breach. And if, under present conditions, sufficient sidesmen are not to
be found for the requirements of either Church, may we not hope that it
will be possible to follow the example of some other Parishes, and
obtain sideswomen in their stead?
We must expect in the immediate future, probably in the course of this
month, that it will be necessary to make a considerable alteration with
regard to our Services, and to some of the work carried on in the
Parish; but everything is still uncertain at the time of writing, and
nothing definite can be proposed as yet.
Yours very faithfully
May 24, 1918. T. F. Hobson.
From the June Parish Magazine 1918
Mrs. Still will be very pleased to see all Soldiers’ Wives and Mothers
on Thursday afternoons, the 20th and 27th June, and the 4th, 11th, 18th
and 25th July, at Windfield, from 2 to 4.30 o’clock.
Children up to 5 years old will be welcome with their mothers.
LETHERHEAD NURSING ASSOCIATION.
On June 1st Nurse McKenna will be giving up her work in the Parish for
about 4 months, while she goes through a further course of training
recommended by the Queen’s Nursing Association. In her absence the work
of District Nurse and Midwife will be carried on by Nurse Grist, to whom
all applications in cases of illness should be made, at her address; 2,
Hilltop Cottages, Fairfield Road, Letherhead.
WASTE PAPER DEPOT AND BROKEN SILVER FUND.
Since the collection of Waste Paper was started in January, 1917, the
sum of <£155 has been realized, and sent to the Y.M.C.A. Hut Fund.
With the help of the Broken Silver Fund, which has raised and
contributed .£82 10s. 0d. (making a total of £237 10s. 0d.) a “Quiet
Corner ” has been added to a Hut at Bouchy, France, and has been much
appreciated by the men.
Mrs. Thompson has been obliged to resign the Secretaryship of the Waste
Paper Dept, as she has taken up other War work, and Mrs. Pollard has
come forward in her place. For the future, all communications in
connection with that Depot, should be addressed to Mrs. Pollard,
Woodside, Highlands Road.
The proceeds of both funds will be devoted to the Letherhead War
Hospital Supply Work-Rooms, where expenses have enormously increased,
owing to the extra work undertaken and the continual rise in price of
Miss Hicks and Mrs. Mitford are still glad to receive contributions of
broken silver, jewellery, or oddments of every kind.
LETHERHEAD WAR HOSPITAL SUPPLY WORK-ROOMS, HAWKSBURY.
By special request of the Central Depot, 2, Cavendish Square, W., a
thousand Carrol Pads are being made and sent to the 8th Stationary
Hospital, France, every month. This will entail an outlay of about £16 a
month, and contributions towards defraying this extra expense will be
G. Hicks, Hon. Sec.,
Kent Cottage, Linden Gardens.
From the BISHOP’S LETTER.
It is a hard time for us: not only because of the danger which the
wonderful gallantry of our troops and sailors is holding up, so far, or
because of the terrible cost in life and suffering and sorrow, but
because of the wrangling and intriguing, the suspicions and discontents
at home: and because of the miserable condition of Irish matters, I do
feel that the heart and spirit of the nation is steadier and better than
that of many of its counsellors, on one side or the other. I think we
know what we are fighting for, and that, side by side with America, it
will not be for aggression or selfishness, but for peace and fairness
that we fight in war, and shall strive in negotiation when peace begins
to dawn. The nation will neither desire nor tolerate anything else.
Meanwhile, I hope that in the Church we are not merely marking time. It
is quite true that there is no time for anything' that most of our best
men and women are immersed in work, and doing it under heavy strains of
anxiety, want of rest, diminished staffs, and the like. And, of course,
it is true that we can’t get about and meet one another much: and even
print and paper are scarce. Yet I think we know that through it all
there is room for some things to be thought of, and some things done.
(1.) Here, first, is a bit of encouragement. The national receipts of
our two great Missionary Societies (S.P.G. and C.M.S.) are larger than
last year, and are ‘record’ figures. It is the same with the Missionary
work of the Wesleyan Methodist communion. Thank God for that and take
courage: does it not show that out of the war has come some greater
thought of the Kingdom of God, and that something stronger than meetings
and appeals has been at work amongst us?
(2.) Next, observe that the Reports of the Archbishops’ ‘National
Mission—and after’ Committees have begun to appear, and within a few
weeks will all be out, small, compact, cheap booklets full of matter:
the result of long and anxious discussion by our best men and women.
Is there not a quite clear call to us to put out a special effort of
prayer and thought, of prayerful thought to meet these? They make a
challenge, an appeal. They offer an opportunity of new start. But they
will be mere dead stuff unless the Spirit in the life of the Church
turns them into fuel and food. I appeal to the clergy to study them, to
make them known, to get them upon counters and bookstalls—and (where
this is done) among the religious papers near the Church doors. But I
appeal, if my voice can reach, to all our lay people, men and women.
Let them be read and studied, too, if I may say so, not merely to give
fresh material for grumbling and complaining, and sneering at the
slowness or stupidity of those in authority: but in honest, humble,
practical effort to find in them what in our several ways we can help to
do, or to make known and to set forward what is needed.
(3.) It will go with this that we should in our parishes (even under all
the present difficulties) be doing something to make our religion and
life more live and more free: something which the more thoughtful of our
men at the fronts are expecting of us. We want, they say, our worship
simpler, sometimes shorter, in many cases more elastic and flexible: we
want less formalism and more reality: more thinking (the hardest thing
for English people!) about what we do in Church, and why we do it, and
might do it better. We want the part of laymen and of women to be
increased in our Church life (I thank God for what so many do). Within
reasonable limits we may try experiments, especially in war time. I can
promise that with due deference to law and loyalty I shall encourage a
reasonable freedom of experiment.
THE VICAR’S LETTER.
My dear Friends,
I have been requested by the Ruri-decanal Conference to bring to your
notice the following Resolutions passed at the Winchester Diocesan
Conference on April 17th and 18th. Space does not permit of any comment
upon them further than that the discussions shewed that the Church in
this diocese is keenly alive to the pressing problems of the time.
I. THE CHURCH AND LABOUR PROBLEMS.
“ Inasmuch as a clear understanding of the Church's attitude towards
Social and Economic Reconstruction is essential if the Church is to make
her proper contribution towards it, this Diocesan Conference affirms the
following propositions :—-
1. Economic methods which have resulted in
semi-starvation for thousands, and a total absence of leisure and the
amenities of life for many more, must be regarded as intolerable. The
Church urges drastic amendment upon the principle, represented at
present by the minimum wage, that the first charge upon any industry
must be the well-being of those engaged in it.
2. As unemployment and casual labour are the cause of
wide-spread misery, it is essential that measures to prevent these evils
should be provided by means of national and local action, and by the
reorganisation of industry upon a better basis.
3. It is in the truest interests of the community that
engaged in any industry should have a recognised status in the same, an
equitable share in the profits produced, and a voice in determining the
conditions under which the work is done.
4. As bad housing leads to moral and physical
degradation it is of urgent importance that sufficient healthy dwellings
at economic rents should be provided both in town and in country, and
the Church presses for large and immediate action by legislation and
5. In the highest interests of the Nation’s vigour and
well-being the Church desires that opportunity should be secured by a
comprehensive system of national Education, so that all, in every
section of the community, may have ample facilities for
6. Since unrestricted competition is directly
responsible for all kinds of waste of energy and for commercial
dishonesty, degrading to character and poisonous to human fellowship,
the Church will cooperate with such economic reforms as shall eliminate
the excessive pressure which is thereby caused.
7. In so far as the democratic movement of our time is
animated by the ideals of brotherhood and justice, and strives to
procure for all a real opportunity of living a true human life, all
Christians should be urged to co-operate with it and by so doing commend
to the movement the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II. THE CHURCH AND EDUCATION.
1. “That this Conference, representing Churchmen of
the Diocese of Winchester, warmly welcomes the Education Bill No. 2 of
January, 1918, and believes that it marks an important step forward in
2. “That, in view of the extensive developments
contemplated under the Education Bill, this Conference urges that
Churchmen should cordially co-operate with other religious bodies, in
order to secure a sound, religious foundation for education in all
3. “That this Conference wishes to emphasize the
supremely critical importance of the moral and religious influences
brought to bear upon the future Teachers in all stages of their
III. THE CHURCH AND MARRIAGE.
“That, in view of the threatened attacks upon the existing Marriage Law,
this Conference desires to put its convictions on record, as follows :—
1. Believing permanent and indissoluble marriage to be
one of the most precious gains and safeguards of true human life and
civilization, it holds that any legislation which lowers this ideal or
encourages laxer views of the obligations of the marriage bond will be
perilous to the national life, and will offer uncompromising resistance
to current proposals which would go far to substitute for such marriage
a contract terminable almost at will by collusion of the parties, or by
2. Seeing that the Church, founding itself in this
matter on the Words of the Lord, has always maintained permanent and
indissoluble marriage as a trust from Him and binding on its members, it
claims that in any event the Church's freedom to maintain the Christian
law for its own members should be respected by the State.
3. Holding that it is the duty of the State to treat with absolute
impartiality men and women, rich and poor, and to make its Courts
accessible to all alike, it accepts the proposals for the amendment in
these respects of the existing Statute Law which are contained in the
Minority Report of the Royal Commission on Divorce.
4. “Believing that the best form of marriage defence
is to develop in the minds of Christian people positive conceptions of
the sacredness of marriage, this Conference urges the clergy in their
pastoral ministrations to take all convenient measures to make it plain
that marriage involves not only a solemn contract between husband and
wife, but also a sacramental relationship."
IV. THE CHURCH AND THE MAN POWER BILL.
“That this Conference, representing the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese
of Winchester, expresses its keen regret that the clause in the Man
Power Bill now before the Houses of Parliament relating to the
conscription of the clergy has been withdrawn.”
The Bishop in putting this Resolution gave expression to the feeling of
the Conference by saying that as far as the Church of England is
concerned we would welcome the re-instatement of the clause.
I trust very much that great attention will be given to the Bishop’s
Letter which is printed immediately before mine: and that all who can
will get and read carefully the Report of the Archbishop’s Third
Committee on the Evangelistic Work of the Church (S.P.C.K., 68,
Haymarket, London, S.W.1. Price 1/-) It deeply concerns every Lay member
of the Church, no less than the Clergy.
The Report of the Fourth Committee, on Administrative Reform (price
6d.), also contains much matter of the greatest importance regarding the
interests of the Laity in a Parish, as well as in the Church at large.
The Reports of other Committees are not yet published.
Yours very faithfully
T. F. Hobson.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The following have given their lives for the cause :
Pte. Arthur George Dovey, 13th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, killed in
action in France April 5th, 1918.
Pte. Trayton Henry Small, 13th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, killed in
action in France, April 5th, 1918.
Pte. Edward George Murton, 13th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, died in
hospital at Etaples, May 12th, 1918, of wounds received in action.
We offer our most deep and respectful sympathy to the parents who mourn
the loss of their gallant sons.
The Vicar will be very grateful if the names of all Letherhead men who
are prisoners of war, with a statement of their rank and regiment and
the approximate date of their capture can be sent to him by Post Card or
note at the Vicarage: and also the names of those who are still missing.
From the July Parish Magazine 1918
C.E. WAIFS AND STRAYS: PAGEANT.
A Pageant, to be performed entirely by residents of Letherhead and the
neighbouring Parishes, will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd, in the
Victoria Institute at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., in aid of the War Emergency
Fund of the Waifs’ and Strays Society, which is at the present time
caring for 2000 homeless children of our Sailors and Soldiers.
The Pageant is entitled “Children through the Centuries,” and in it will
be presented a number of scenes, illustrative of the life and treatment
of children at various periods of history, and incidentally of the
character of the times in which they lived.
Tickets, price (inclusive of the Entertainments’ Tax) 5/6, 3/6, 2/4 for
reserved seats, 1/3 unreserved, at the afternoon performance, and 3/6
and 2/4 (reserved) 1/3 unreserved, in the evening, may be obtained from
the Hon. Local Secretary Mrs. van der Swan, The Lilacs, Church Boad,
Letherhead, or from Mr. W. B. Hewlins, Bridge Street, Letherhead.
The Pageant has been so well received in other places, many of them much
smaller than Letherhead, that we trust it will meet with great success
GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY
The Festival will be held, by the kind permission of Mrs. Still, in the
garden at Windfield, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10th. An Address will
be given, and there will be a White Elephant Stall and a small
miscellaneous Stall for the sale of articles in aid of the Surrey
Prisoners of War Fund, and of the G.F.S. Sick Fund. Contributions to
these Stalls should be sent to Mrs. Stanley Gordon Clark, Fetcham Lodge,
by July 6th.
As the conditions of War-time make it impossible to provide refreshments
for a large gathering, members and associates are requested to bring
their own Food Rations with them, as was done on the Quiet Day at
Fetcham last year.
Mrs. Still will be very pleased to see all Soldiers’ Wives and Mothers
on Thursday afternoons, the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th July, at Windfield,
from 2 to 4.30 o’clock.
Children up to 5 years old will be welcome with their mothers.
WAR WEAPONS WEEK
The untiring efforts of Mr. Le Blanc Smith and his colleagues of the
Sub-Committee of the War Savings Association resulted in a great success
from the two days which constituted our “ week.” Letherhead and
District, which comprised the four Parishes of Letherhead, Fetcham and
Great and Little Bookham, were called upon to raise £20,000; and in
spite of the difficulties entailed by exceedingly short notice, and the
impossibility of providing outside attractions, such as the visit of a
Tank, or an aeroplane, that sum was collected with about £600 to spare.
Lord Ashcombe, the Lord Lieutenant of the County, came over on Saturday,
June 22nd, and gave a stirring address to the rather small number who
were present: and on the Wednesday there were exhibitions of dancing,
singing and physical drill by our School Children : and an inspection of
the Cadet Corps of S. John’s School. The Silver Prize Band was in
attendance on both days.
It is much to be hoped that the interest taken in this local effort, and
the success which attended it will be an added inducement to all who
can, to invest week by week, or month by month, in War Savings. It means
so much, the supplying to our country of the means which she requires,
and which are absolutely essential to her now if she is to be maintained
in security. It means the practical realisation by every one of his or
her stake in the country — for unless we win in this war there will be
no longer security of life, or of any possession large or small for
anyone who lives in it: and it is not the giving away of anything which
we have, but the lending of our money for a time at an excellent rate of
interest, in order to ensure the safety of our country, upon the
soundest of all securities so long as our country is safe. If her safety
is lost, then every single thing that we have will be lost with it.
THE BISHOP'S LETTER.
Farnham Castle, Surrey.
My dear People,
My first word this month must be one of grateful and affectionate
loyalty. Our King and Queen keep on Saturday, the 6th, their Silver
Wedding. They complete twenty-five years of wedded life. On that day and
the Sunday let us have them with thankfulness in our thoughts and
prayers. It is a great thing at any time for a nation to be sound at the
core by the possession of a pure Court, and the wholesome example in its
highest place of simple, conscientious, dutiful living. It is doubly so
in a time like ours of change, and criticism, and stress. I hope the
anniversary may set us thinking whether we are sufficiently mindful of
the boon, and grateful for it to God Who gives it, and to those through
whom we receive it.
May God give them many a year yet to reign among us, under brighter
skies, delivered of the King’s enemies, and in peace : and may loyalty
and gratitude strike ever deeper into the hearts of their people.
The thoughts of the time are overwhelming. Armageddon, indeed! the clash
in deadly wrestle not of armies but of whole peoples in arms. As
I write another great offensive is announced of Austrians against Italy
on a front of 120 miles! And now, after delays at first, the great
nation of the West throwing its manhood at an amazing rate across three
thousand miles of sea ! Our hearts go out to France and Italy, mindful
what we should feel if the thrust was as near to London as it is to
Paris and the fair Italian cities.
I need not speak to you of the terrors and anxieties, and how they
should move us to fresh efforts of “man-power,” of a spiritual sort, in
prayer. But for us who in Christ should be ‘sons and daughters of hope’
there must be strong hope that out of this great judgement, this mighty
purging, these vast sacrifices, God will bring out things of good —
perhaps the destruction of war, perhaps some new form of world-wide
human fellowship, perhaps some bigger understanding of God’s purpose for
humanity in Christ, and of the responsibility of men and nations to
answer to that purpose and to further it, perhaps some great preparation
for the coming of the King.
“ God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform ;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.”
May He keep us stedfast, and patient, and united: and put away the evil
things from amongst us which, always bad, become intolerable in the
solemn presence of a time like this.
I desire to be,
Yours faithfully in fatherly care,
Miss Barnes came to Letherhead, as Headmistress of the Girls’ School in
1873, when the Rev. T. T. Griffiths was still Vicar of Letherhead, and
continued that work for 36 years, until she was obliged to resign for
reasons of health in 1909. Happily her resignation did not involve her
departure from Letherhead, and she remained among us for the rest of her
life. Of late years she had suffered much from failure of health; and
during a visit to Eastbourne at Whitsuntide she became very ill and died
there of meningitis on Monday, June 10th. Her body was brought back to
Letherhead and laid to rest in our Churchyard on Saturday, June 15th.
During her long Headmistress-ship a very large number of Letherhead
girls passed through her hands. The School consistently obtained
excellent reports from H.M. and the Diocesan Inspectors for the quality
of the work done in it; but of still greater value was the quiet and
refining influence of Miss Barnes’ character upon those who were
committed to her charge and the affection and respect which it inspired
on them. During the years of her retirement she continued to exercise
activity for good ; and as an Associate of the Girls’ Friendly Society
remained in close touch with many of her former pupils: while she was
also an energetic assistant Secretary to the Missionary Association ;
and undertook the management of the Nomination Coal Club for the benefit
of some of her poorer neighbours. During her long residence in this
place she was a permanent and steady influence for its welfare, loved by
all who knew her, and a shining example of the Christian life. — R.I.P.
From the August Parish Magazine 1918
“ Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”—Rev. xiv. 13.
July 15. Ernest Victor Coward, aged 11 years.
July 22. Ada Elizabeth Weller, aged 32 years.
THE BISHOP’S LETTER.
July 9th, 1918.
My dear People,
The month brings with it the beginning of another— the fifth — year of
No word of mine is needed, I am sure, to ask you to keep the first day
of the Fifth Year, which falls on a Sunday, with reverence and godly
fear, with thankfulness for Divine blessings, and for human performance
and patience in an unexampled ordeal. We shall remember our living and
our dead: our living still bearing in trenches, or afloat, in stress of
battle, and in strain of waiting, in bodily sufferings, and in the
bitterness of captivity, things of which we at home can form the
slenderest and most superficial idea: and our dead, dear to us for their
love and for what we knew and had in them: or, if unknown to us,
ennobled in our thoughts by their sacrifice, and the cause for which
they gave their lives.
And as we offer, childlike, these prayers to our Heavenly Father, the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we shall look forward with manful
hearts to the future, the near but unknown future, full of dangers, full
of fears, but full of opportunities, and therefore of hopes. We shall
pray for a righteous judgement of God upon all the crafts and cruelties
of our enemies : we shall pray for the forgiveness and the purging of
all our own national and personal faults. We shall pray with all our
hearts for peace, a true peace, a righteous and lasting peace, which
shall be a blessing to all the nations, and prepare the way for the
world-wide Kingdom of our Lord.
I do ask you not to fail in this on August 4th and otherwise, clergy
leading their people, people encouraging and even stirring their clergy.
I have spoken of the future, and all that it may contain. This brings me
to another most weighty matter on which I want to be allowed to lead
you. The War is a happening so tremendous that the roar and rush seem
almost to forbid other thoughts. Yet there are other happenings which
are in their bearing on the future hardly less important and even
colossal. Such a happening is the gift of the vote to a number of at
least eight million new voters: two millions more of men, and six
millions of women.
This is an enormous difference in mere numbers; but the difference made
by the inclusion of women along with men is a difference not in numbers
only, but in kind.
Personally I welcome both changes. No thinking person can doubt the
dangers of these huge electorates: and time only can show how women will
use their power and what the effect on their lives will be. But I
rejoice that we live in a time when by spread of education it is
possible for every man to be a citizen, helping to make as well as to
obey the law, honoured with the trust of a share in shaping his
country’s course. And, though I was slowly converted to a change which
brings women out into the bustle and fray of politics, I unfeignedly
rejoice that by giving them the vote the Nation publicly and for ever
repudiates the notion of the inferiority of women to men, a notion which
no thinking Christian could ever accept.
But what I think or anyone thinks on these changes is not to the point.
The point is that they have been made: that they are enormous in size
and in effects. Whether or no we wished more men to be enfranchised,
whether or no we desired votes for women, we ought surely with one heart
to accept the decision (made not by party victory, but by agreement). We
ought to open our arms wide to admit into the constitution and into
comradeship these new fellow citizens in full right, both men and women.
We ought to give them hearty greeting. We ought to pray with them and
for them that they may learn and realize their responsibilities, and
rightly and wisely exercise their power.
I am very glad to have had a share in the decision that we Bishops
should call the whole Church and Christian people to lively
understanding and open recognition of this matter and of all its
importance. And because I think that a thing of this kind needs some
public and united expression, I suggest that in every parish we be
invited on one particular Sunday (I think October 4th will in most
places be best) to bring the matter in Sacrament and Prayer before God,
asking for the newly enfranchised a full sense of their responsibility
with wisdom and uprightness in the use of the vote; and for our country,
happy results of progress, power, and peace.
If this is to be heartily done, all political partisanship and
controversy must be severely kept out of the words spoken and the forms
I hope that the day chosen may fall at a time when the matter is coming
more and more into people’s thoughts, and yet be before all the
excitement and contention of a General Election come on.
I commend the matter to your thoughts, and desire to remain,
Your faithful Servant and Bishop,
EDW: WlNTON :
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH.
Fourth Anniversary of the Declaration of War.
The Services, at the usual hours, will be special Services of Prayer and
Thanksgiving and the collections will be given to the Fund which is
being raised in Letherhead on behalf of the East and West Surrey
Prisoners of War Fund.
WAIFS AND STRAYS PAGEANT.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, in the Victoria Hall, a most successful Pageant,
called “Children throughout the Ages,” was held in aid of the Special
Emergency Fund of the Waifs and Strays Society, which provides for the
maintenance of the homeless children of our soldiers and sailors.
The following scenes were represented :
“ Bethlehem,” arranged by Miss Tullis, Letherhead Court.
“The Little Waif,” arranged by Miss Aldridge, Poplar Rd. School.
“S. Gregory,” arranged by Miss Tullis.
“The Church receiving her children,” arranged by Mrs. S. Gordon Clark
and Mrs. Guise.
“ he Dame School,” arranged by Miss Aldridge and Miss Chamberlain.
“King Charles bidding farewell to his children,” arranged by Miss
“The Children of the Empire and the Allies,” arranged by Miss Aldridge.
Unfortunately, owing to infectious illness, several other scenes had at
the last minute to be given up and their places filled with music.
The hall was well filled for both performances, and the result was a sum
of £70, which has been very gratefully accepted by Prebendary G. M.
Rudolf, founder of the Waifs and Strays Society. Many thanks are due to
Mrs. van der Swan, local secretary for the Society, for her untiring
efforts to make the Pageant a success, and to those who worked so hard
in the production of the scenes, and to the ladies of the orchestra
under Miss Owtram; and to the Rev. E. Lumley and Mr. Carlile for their
valuable help with the staging of the scenes.
The Annual G.F.S. Summer Festival was held on Wednesday, July 10th. Mrs.
Still had kindly offered the use of her garden at Windfield, but the day
proved so showery that refuge had to be taken in the Institute.
Two well-covered stalls had been provided by Members and Associates, and
a Sale was held, the proceeds being divided between the Brabazon Home of
Rest at Reigate and the fund for the Surrey Prisoners of War.
An excellent address on the opportunities for good provided by the
G.F.S. was given by Miss Gillespy, followed by a few words from Mrs.
Stanley Gordon Clark, our Branch Secretary, on the wonderful amount of
War work which is being done by members of the Society, with special
mention of the high respect felt and shown by the Government for its
organization and thoroughness. She also spoke of the loss the Branch had
sustained through the recent death of Miss Emma Barnes, who had for many
years been an Associate.
After tea there was a short programme of music and games, which ended a
very pleasant afternoon.
ALL SAINTS’ SCHOOL.
Every one in Letherhead will deeply regret that considerations of health
have obliged Miss Scott to resign the Headmistress-ship of this School.
A gathering of friends and parents was held at the School on the
afternoon of Wednesday, July 24th, for the purpose of testifying to the
esteem and affection with which Miss Scott is regarded in Letherhead,
and our sorrow at her departure from among us.
The Vicar spoke most warmly of the excellence of the work which Miss
Scott has carried on at All Saints’ School during the last 12 years: and
mentioned the high praise which all Inspectors, without exception, had
bestowed upon it: and after wishing Miss Scott a speedy restoration to
health after complete rest, and a happy return to school life again,
presented Miss Scott with a carriage clock and silver mounted
biscuit-box, on behalf of the friends who had united in giving this
token of their esteem and regard.
The Managers have appointed Mrs. Ratcliffe, at present teaching in
Coulsdon Schools, as Miss Scott’s successor.
THE DAILY CALL TO PRAYER AT NOON.
The Church Bell has been rung daily at 12 o’clock since October, 1914,
in order to remind us to say a short prayer on behalf of the sailors and
soldiers who are fighting for their country, and risking their lives in
order that we may live. Unfortunately the bell is not heard at any
distance from the Church owing to the lie of the land; and there is some
reason to fear that many who, whether they heard it or not began the
good practice of noon-tide prayer have failed to keep it up.
We should do well to follow the custom which was at one time observed in
some places in England, and which we are told has been very generally
adopted in America of stopping all business or other occupations
where-ever we are for a few moments with this object. An example of the
kind of prayer which may be used in silence, under all circumstances,
whether standing, sitting, or walking, is appended.
“O God we pray Thee, support and protect our sailors, soldiers, and
airmen ; give comfort and relief to the Wounded and the sick, the
prisoners, the anxious, and the mourners ; grant victory to our arms;
and bring the war to an end in a just and lasting peace : through Jesus
Christ our Lord.” Amen.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The Meritorious Service Medal has been awarded to Sergt. T. Roberts,
R.E. (Labour Battn.) for gallantry in keeping his men together at work
under heavy fire from the enemy.
From the September Parish Magazine 1918
Mr. Skene is one of the Chaplains at a great Camp at Cherbourg, and
there is some possibility of his being sent to Egypt before long. Mr.
Sharp, after some weeks in the Camp at Catterick Bridge, Yorkshire,
crossed to France about a month ago. Since he left us it has been
possible, with such help as Mr. Maurice is able to give us on Sundays,
to keep on our Services as usual, thanks to the very great assistance
which the Rev. H. G. Jameson, and our Lay Readers Messrs. Le Blanc Smith
and Cogman so unsparingly give to us. The Parish owes a very deep debt
of gratitude to them : and will also recognize that it may at any time
become necessary to diminish the number of Services in either Church at
quite short notice. We have reason to be thankful, that so far we have
not been forced to bear our share of the “ going without ” entailed by
the war in that particular way as so many other Parishes have to do.
Some two months ago the small clock which stood on the mantelpiece in
the Vestry of the Parish Church mysteriously disappeared, and has not,
so far, been returned by the person who “borrowed” it. A certain amount
of inconvenience is caused by the lack of a Vestry Clock: and perhaps
one of our Parishioners may feel moved to provide a successor to the one
which we have lost.
We regret to state that at about the same time the box containing the
offerings made at “Churchings” in All Saints’ Church was broken into,
and its contents stolen. Several months ago a determined, but
fortunately unsuccessful, attempt was made to break open the pillar alms
box in the Parish Church.
THE BISHOP’S LETTER.
Farnham Castle, Surrey.
August 16th, 1918.
My dear People,
We began the month of August with solemn acts of Prayer and
Thanksgiving. What fresh reasons for thankfulness the month has brought
us! The turn of the tide abroad, on the French front: and at home the
splendour of the harvest, favoured by this August’s glorious sunshine. I
hope and think that in all parishes our Harvest Services will have a
special emphasis and sincerity.
But, with Prayer and Thanksgiving, there was another thought in our
hearts on the Anniversary. It was that of committal — shall we say
dedication, national dedication — to a great, urgent, noble cause, to
which we put our hands in 1914 and which we are pledged to carry
Dedication —That is the word on which I ask you to dwell this month. The
meaning of it begins in noble examples in the ghastly warfare, but it
goes up to the throne of God. Neither man nor nation have a right to
dedicate themselves to anything but what they believe to be the Divine
will and call for them. This is what we believe about our cause. It is
good: and we must, with all our power, keep it good and not let it be
adulterated with the meaner things of revenge or self-seeking.
But dedication means more than this. It means not only that the cause is
good, but that the champion is worthy. A dedicated nature will feel the
demand upon it to be worthy of the call to fight for the right.
An illustration comes before my mind. I think of the youth called in old
days to Knighthood. For him that was a dedication of his manhood to
serve the right. And we read how the candidate was wont to prepare
himself: the ceremonies of the bath, the white garment, the act of
penitence and confession, the sword laid before the altar, the night of
vigil and prayer.
There is an ideal of dedication. Its form is mediaeval. Ought it not in
substance to be ours as a nation, and as individuals who do each their
little part in the nation’s great service? A knightly or chivalrous
spirit, clean and modest, disciplined and unselfish.
Doubtless there were many unworthy knights: who thought that dash and
fighting and swagger were all that knighthood meant, and that foul
talking and loose living were all part of the life. But, all the same,
knighthood stood for what was bravest and best, for self respect, for
care of the weak and reverence for women : and there were very gallant
gentlemen who bore the name.
That, I think, will give us something to think about. A knightly or
dedicated nation pledged to serve the right. Will it not be a nation
whose sense of right in all matters grows quicker and keener? Which
grows more sensitive to the wrongs in its life, more eager to live up to
its true character?
That is what we should keep before us. I think we ought to be able to
create some thought of it in the children, and in those a little
older—the lads and all the vast numbers of girls. (The young men are for
the time away from us). Discipline will do something for many : but far
more potent, if it may be, will be the appeal to them for
self-discipline and to their own sense of what is really worthy of
English men and women in the coming days.
It is this desire that our country should be worthy of itself and its
calling which made us anxious about the Lotteries Bill — with its
lowering of our well-understood national standard in the matter of
gambling — or about any attempt by DORA
or in Army discipline to old, discredited methods of dealing with vice;
and it prompts an even greater anxiety about proposals to exchange
Christian marriage for a dissoluble contract.
But, besides these more public matters, we all of us — citizens and
Christians, clergy and lay people — should keep thinking, thinking,
whether we are doing our best to make the spirit of our English life
more worthy of our “high calling.” Dedication to the enterprise of war
will have its natural ending sooner or later: pray God it may be “sooner
”: but a nation tested, disciplined, preserved, and blessed as England
will be if she really comes safe and successful out of this war, will be
called as perhaps no nation has ever been to dedication — if she is to
make her home life what it ought to be, in secured welfare and in
openness of opportunity for all conditions of men and women within her;
and if she is to stand for what she ought to stand for, as being (with
America) the leading Christian country of the world in her dealings with
backward and dependent races, and in her discharge of her trust for the
Gospel, for world evangelization, which the position implies.
These are very slight words on a very great subject. But I am sure that
the thought is one which I ought to give you.* If what I have written
should, by God’s blessing, lead some all over the Diocese to think over
it and pray over it—singly or in conference—they would find in it far
more meaning than my words are at all sufficient to suggest: they will
be surprised themselves, and they will be doing something most real for
the future of our Church and nation.
I desire to be
Your faithful servant and Bishop,
*One application of the thought, of pressing and immediate importance,
is that study of the National Mission Reports, of which it has been said
that “ The value of the National Mission, and much more the seriousness
of our corporate self-examination, will be judged by the study given to
these Reports and the response they meet with.” I do most earnestly urge
the duty of this study, undertaken in a practical spirit.
CHURCH LADS’ BRIGADE.
It is with the greatest regret that we record that Capt. C. R. Young has
been ordered by his medical adviser to give up all work and leave
Letherhead for three or four months. During his absence Lieut. Drury,
the Adjutant of the Battalion of this district has very kindly
undertaken to carry on the command of the Letherhead Company of C.L.B.,
and Sergt. Clark to be responsible for the Scouts’ Patrol.
On the last Sunday in July, a presentation was made to Capt. Young by
the members of the Brigade, and by the non-commissioned officers, in
token of their appreciation of the untiring labours with which he has so
successfully maintained the life and vigour of the C.L.B. and I.C.S.P.
in this place: and we have the sincerest hopes that complete recovery of
health may restore him to his life and work ajnong us by the beginning
of next year.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Capt. Maurice Le
Blanc Smith, of whom it is recorded in the Times of Aug. 5th
that he is “ a very efficient officer and successful patrol leader, who
during the “recent operations has done great execution in attacking
general targets.“ On a recent occasion, he attacked five enemy
aeroplanes, destroying one “and driving down another out of control.” At
a later date he brought down three German aeroplanes within our lines in
one day : and he has since been promoted to be Major and Squadron
The Military Medal has been awarded to Gunner Percy D. Green, P.
Battery, R.H.A., for conveying important despatches under heavy shell
We have the great happiness of recording that Pte. Arthur George Dovey,
who was some months ago reported to have been killed in action, is
alive, though a prisoner in German hands.
WILLIAM HENRY BROWN.
The death of Mr. William Henry Brown at the early age of 54, has removed
from our midst one of the best known and most respected inhabitants of
Letherhead, who was most closely identified with the life and growth of
the place, and was the largest employer of labour in it. He had greatly
developed the business which he inherited from his father and
grandfather: and a very considerable amount of the buildings erected in
Letherhead during recent years was carried out by his firm. He was a
devoted Churchman, and, until his health completely broke down, a
regular worshipper at the Parish Church : and took the keenest interest
in everything, great or small, connected with it and with all the
organizations of which it is the centre : never grudging any amount of
time and trouble if he could do anything for the well-being of Church
life in the place. He had been for some time one of the Representatives
of our Parish at the Ruri-decanal Conference. A man of the most
generous, warmhearted, and kindly character, he will long be sorely
missed by the many friends who regarded him with affection and
Mr. & Mrs. William Collyer, of Barnet Wood Lane, wish to thank all
friends who kindly sent to them in their sad loss.
Mr. & Mrs. Bowman, of 21, Kings Lea, desire to thank all friends
round Letherhead who sent letters of sympathy to them at the time of
their daughter’s death.
From the October Parish Magazine 1918
The Harvest Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13th. The
preachers at Evensong (6.30 p.m.) will be — in the Parish Church the
Rev. W. H. Turnbull, S.C.F., Senior Chaplain at Horton War Hospital — in
All Saints’ Church the Rev. H. G. Jameson.
Gifts of fruit and vegetables will be very gratefully received; and
should be sent to the vestry of either Church before 10 a.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 12th.
It is hoped it may be possible to send these to the Fleet, through the
Vegetable Products Committee for Naval Supply.
It is also hoped that the allotment holders in the Parish will attend
the Evening Services for the purpose of making a united act of
thanksgiving for God’s blessing on their special efforts.
The Collections on the day will be given to the Fund for the Spiritual
needs of the Parish. Under present circumstances the Assistant Clergy
Fund, to which they are usually given, does not require them this year:
and the Vicar is endeavouring to secure a paid Lady Worker whose help
may be able, in some respects, to supply the deficiency caused by the
absence of both our Assistant-Curates.
CHURCH LADS’ BRIGADE AND SCOUTS’ PATROL.
We have the good news that Cadet-Capt. C. R. Young has greatly benefited
in health by his enforced rest and that we may look to have him back
amongst us earlier than we had ventured to hope. Meanwhile the work of
his post is being most energetically carried on by Cadet-Capt. W. A.
Drury, in addition to his labours as Adjutant of the whole Battalion of
the Letherhead District of C.L.B.; and by the time that this appears in
print, an entertainment will have been given, which will we trust proved
to have been entirely successful in increasing the financial support,
which is absolutely necessary for the adequate maintenance of the
Brigade and Patrol in this place.
LETHERHEAD WAR HOSPITAL SUPPLY WORK-ROOMS, HAWKSBURY. Change of
On and after Tuesday, Oct. 1st, the hours of work will be from 10 a.m.
till dusk every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Workers are invited to
bring their lunch.
Emily Hicks, Hon. Sec.
LETHERHEAD C.E. MIXED SCHOOL.
Ethel Dean, aged 10, of Waterloo Place, Church Walk, and Mary Wyithe, of
Langley Terrace, Kingston Road, who have attended the above School for
the last three years, have gained Free Scholarships at the High School
for Girls, Dorking.
Last year Freda Gardiner, aged 11, of Barnett Wood Lane, also obtained a
similar Scholarship from the same School.
These Scholarships, which provide free “secondary” education for three
years, are limited in number, and are open to competition by candidates
from Elementary Schools over a very wide district. The successes of our
Poplar Road School in two successive years is evidence of the quality
both of the successful scholars and of the teaching given in the school.
The Editor apologises profusely for the late appearance of this number.
He has no excuse to offer but that — always a lame one — of a
combination of adverse circumstances.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
Capt. Claude Leach, 4th Bn. Rifle Brigade, has been awarded the Medal of
the Order of St. Saviour and the Redeemer by H.M. the King of the
The Military Medal has been awarded to
Signaller Lewis Faithful.
Private Percy Friday, East Surrey Regt.
Gunner Percy D. Creen, P Battery, R.H.A.
Sergt. John Walker, Royal Fusiliers.
The following have given their lives for the cause
Pte. Edwin Watson, Royal Sussex Regt., Nov. 25th, 1917
Pte. Cecil Preskett, Royal West Surrey Regt., July 3rd, 1918
Pte. Leonard May, Coldstream Guards, July 28th, 1918
Pte. Harry Charles Moore, 7th Bn. London Regt., Aug. 9th, 1918
Lce.-Cpl. William Worsfold, East Surrey Regt., Aug. 21st, 1918
Pte. Arthur Razzell, Royal Fusiliers, Aug. 22nd, 1918
Pte. Frederick Ceorge Smith, Duke of Wellington’s Regt., Sept.
Lce.-Cpl. H. T. Kelly, East Surrey Regt. killed in action in
On Sept. 3rd, at Evensong in the Parish Church, the Vicar dedicated a
brass tablet on a dark marble ground which has been placed on the North
Wall of the Church in memory of Lt. Grey Leach. He was killed in
France two years ago by the explosion of a bomb, to which he held in
order to save the lives of the men near him. The inscription on the
tablet runs as follows :—
“In proud and loving memory of Grey de Leche Leach, 2nd Lt. 1st Bn.
Scots Guards, and of Vale Lodge, Leatherhead, aged 22, who sacrificed
his life to save the lives of officers and men of his battalion at
Morlancourt, France, on 3rd Sept., 1916. Buried at Corbie, near Amiens.
The Albert Medal in gold was awarded in recognition of his conspicuous
gallantry and self-sacrifice.”
From the November Parish Magazine 1918
On Friday, Nov. 8th, at 2.30 p.m., a great Public Meeting
will be held in the Borough Hall, Guildford, of Clergy and Laity of the
four Rural Deaneries of Guildford, Dorking, Letherhead and Godaiming, in
support of the Enabling Bill which it is proposed to introduce into
Parliament early next year with the object of restoring to the Church
the same right to regulate her own affairs as is enjoyed by every other
religious or secular organization in the land.
The meeting will be addressed by Viscount Wolmer, M.P.; the Rev. J. G.
McCormick, Vicar of St. Michael’s, Chester Square, London; and H. E.
Kemp, Esq., of the Church of England Men’s Society. The movement which
this meeting is intended to promote aims at giving to the Laity a more
active share, and therefore, naturally, a greater interest, in the
management of Church affairs: and the Vicar hopes that a large
contingent of Churchmen and Churchwomen from Letherhead will make an
effort to attend the meeting and witness by their presence there to the
real interest which all must feel in a definite and reasoned attempt to
increase the power of the Church for good throughout the land.
The provisions of the proposed Enabling Bill are sketched in the Report
of the Archbishops’ Committee on Church and State, price 6d., which may
be procured from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 68, Hay
market, London, S.W. 1.
THE HARVEST THANKSGIVING.
This was observed on Sunday, October 13th. The Churches were beautifully
adorned by several ladies; to whom we are most grateful for the time and
labour which they bestowed at a period of very heavy pressure, as well
as to all the givers of flowers, fruit, vegetables, &c. The
vegetables were sent off next day, through the agency of the Vegetable
Products Committee, to the Grand Fleet; and we were duly informed of
their safe arrival at Aberdeen, whither the authorities had requested us
to send them. We have to thank Mr. Lack for the loan of a number of
crates, and for their transport to the station: and Mr. Jenden for the
gift of boxes and for his kindness in packing the whole: and also the
officials of the L. & S.W.R. for their ready assistance in
despatching our contribution to the needs of our men at sea.
CHURCH LADS’ BRIGADE AND SCOUTS’ PATROL.
On Oct. 2nd a very successful concert in aid of the funds of the Brigade
was held in the Victoria Hall; to which was added a drill and gymnastic
display by the Letherhead and Dorking Companies of C.L.B. and a dramatic
sketch performed by members of the Letherhead Company. The prizes were
presented by Mrs. Still: and a sale was held of articles which had been
given for the purpose. About £20 was realised by the entertainment.
The Anniversary Service will be at Evensong in the Parish Church, 6.30
p.m., on Sunday, November 10th, when the Sermon will be preached by the
Rev. W. F. Leadbitter, Asst.-Curate of Christ Church, East Greenwich,
and Regimental Staff Officer of the Southwark Regiment of C.L.B. The
collection will be for the C.L.B. and I.C.S.P.
The Vicar has not yet been able to secure the much-needed assistance of
a trained Lady-Worker, to which object the collections are to be
applied, but the Bishop holds out hopes that one may shortly be
THE CHURCH ARMY.
We are asked to state that the Church Army’s Annual Sale of Work will be
held in the Central Hall, Westminster, near the Abbey, on Nov. 26th
(from 2.30 to 7.30) and 27th (from 11 to 6) and that H.R.H. Princess
Patricia of Connaught hopes to open this Sale on the 26th.
The Church Army, in addition to its ordinary work, provides 800
Recreation Huts or Tents for our men on service (100 more were lost in
the German advance last Spring): besides Kitchen Cars at the Front,
Hostels in England for men on leave, for discharged men learning trades,
for munition workers, and for wives of Service Men, and Homes for the
motherless children of sailors and soldiers.
All this most necessary assistance to the welfare and comfort of those
who are fighting for our country and their dependants costs a very large
sum of money which has to be raised from those of us at home for whose
protection our men are engaged in warfare, and who cannot but appreciate
all efforts made in their behalf.
It also demands a large number of workers and, therefore, I am asked to
make known the great need of additional workers, both men and women.
Adequate allowances are made when needed and married workers are insured
against death or injury. Enquiries and offers of service are welcomed by
Prebendary Carlile, 55, Bayswater Street, London, W. 1.
THE BISHOP’S LETTER.
Farnham Castle, Surrey.
My dear People,
In the four dark and anxious years which we have gone through together I
have written to you so often in words upon which the darkness of the
time threw its. shadow, that now, when in God’s mercy the tide has
turned, and the air is bright with hope, I must share the happiness with
you. Now at last we believe the enemy’s attack is being rolled back from
the fair lands of France and Belgium, which they have so foully and
cruelly devastated. Never again, we trust, will they recover strength
for new invasion or to threaten our own shores. The nightmare is passing
Let our hearts sing with joyfulness. It must indeed be joy chastened by
the fresh and fresh reminders that the wonderful fighting and the great
advances mean a constant toll of sorrow to fresh homes in France and all
the English-speaking lauds, a constant lengthening of the Roll of Honour
and of the lists of the maimed. But even that cannot take away the joy
in which ‘ we are,’ indeed, ‘ like unto them that dream,’ so great and
swift and overwhelming is the change. Joy and gratitude!
Gratitude for our men’s most noble courage, for the nation’s
stedfastness, for the help from overseas, for the unity of the powers
leagued together for liberty and justice.
And gratitude must go up in thankfulness. The ups and downs of the war,
the narrow escapes from disaster, the fall and rising of States, have
taught us how little the calculations of human ambition, or strategy, or
diplomacy, avail to secure results.
To Him Who has the nation in His Hand, and works by the slow action of
moral forces, let us give uplifted and humble thanks.
Let this be a marked part now of our intercession services. And with
even quickened seriousness of thought and prayer let us look forward to
that most anxious, if hopeful, time which will assuredly follow the war.
Of that I do not speak to-day. But there is one word which, as your
Bishop, I ought to say. Let us be careful of our own temper and that of
the nation in the hour of success.
There is such a thing as the intoxication of victory. Like good wine,
indulged without restraint, it may go to the head, and overset the
balance. But there is a great danger, for poison works in our system,
the poison of the brutal cruelties, and the evil devices and excesses of
The time of making peace, and of dictating terms, will be morally an
anxious one. Much we must leave to our leaders. They will have us behind
them in firmness which completes the overthrow of the military machine,
and of the system which has worked it. It would have been simple folly
(for example) to grant an armistice just when it might prevent decisive
overthrow. We must have security, too, for the future: and we can hardly
ask too much compensation for ruined towns and trampled countries.
Justice must be firmly and sternly served.
But keep in mind, I pray you, that revenge is one of the great passions
and temptations of the human heart: all the stronger because, like other
great temptations, it blends with fine and generous feelings, and plies
them to its service. There is nothing against which the spirit that is
of Christ more directly pleads and strives.
If we are aware of it, if we are on our guard against it, it will lose
half its power. Forewarned, forearmed. But I beg you, as you listen to
unguarded talk, as you read what men write in newspapers, watch, keep
steady, test, and pray for a right judgement in yourselves, in each of
us, and in the nation.
Piteous, indeed, if in conquering the Germans we should let the evil
spirit, whose power over them we have watched with horror, conquer
I desire to be,
Your faithful Bishop and Servant,
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The following have given their lives for the Cause :—
Cpl. Leonard James Faithful, Royal Fusiliers, killed in action
Aug, 27, 1918.
Pte. Herbert Tribe, Shropshire Light Infantry, killed in action
Sept. 7, 1918.
Cpl. Wilfred Randall, Royal Fusiliers, died of wounds received
in action Sept. 30, 1918.
From the December Parish Magazine 1918
“ Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”— Rev. xiv. 13.
Oct. 31. Charles Henry Paris, aged 46 years.
Nov. 1. Frank Henry Holland, aged 30 years.
Nov. 2. Ernest Frank Wright, aged 26 years.
Nov. 6. Sarah Cox, aged 66 years.
Nov. 7. Sarah Jones, aged 75 years.
Nov. 8. Ellen Florence Skinner, aged 18 years.
Nov. 9. George William Christopher Alexander, aged 26 years.
Nov. 9. Harriett Self, aged 78 years.
Nov. 11. Thomas Hooper, aged 71 years.
Nov. 12. Violet May Songhurst, aged 16 years.
Nov. 13. Winifred Ethel Long, aged 9 years.
Nov. 16. John Dixon, aged 60 years.
Nov. 21. Dorothy Amelia Edwards, aged 16 years.
Nov. 25. Maria Cheesman, aged 81 years.
THE BISHOP’S LETTER.
My dear People,
Gladness deep, joyous, solemn, is in all our hearts. We enjoy, and shall
enjoy, the removal one by one, and little by little, of restrictions,
patiently borne but not a little irksome, and the coming back one, by
one of little conveniences, and opportunities, and interests, and
enjoyments. But the gladness is a great deal deeper down than all this.
It is the gladness of relief from menace of danger, from the dread of
the daily entries on the Roll of Honour, from the threat to our very
life and freedom as a nation, from a darkness which overhung the life
and future of the world, from a triumph of the Wrong.
Such gladness nothing can impair: but with it there blend in solemn
unison the memories of those who do not.share it with us here, but won
it for us by their bravery and their deaths. Their sacrifices find a new
glory in the light of victory. It is comfort of the best sort that those
sacrifices were not offered in vain. They give back to victory what they
borrow from it, of lofty and solemn meaning. Benediction has come to us
It has been an added happiness that the nation has received so finely
the great gift, with great gladness but soberly and in the fear of God.
The ever memorable adjournment of the Houses of Parliament in order to
cross over to S. Margaret’s, and the King and Queen’s impromptu visit to
S. Paul’s Cathedral, were but the expression in the highest places of
what crammed our own great Cathedral and the Churches everywhere with
the crowds who felt by a common instinct that joy can only speak with
its fullest voice in praise to God. Victory, like War, has taught us out
of our own hearts its lesson of faith, and instance after instance comes
to us of the way in which this has found spontaneous expression from
multitudes and from individuals.
We have hardly yet taken breath, and it is an effort to look forward.
But we cannot begin too soon. Nor are we likely to do so in the month
which is to see elected the first Parliament of Reconstruction. Words of
mine may have already reached you through the Press, in which I tried to
express to the vast new electorate, both of men and women, the welcome
and respect which (whatever our opinions may have been) we can unite to
So also all can unite to send their representatives to the new
Parliament impressed with the sense that the nation expects them to give
themselves with directness and energy to making England a better place
for all its people, especially its children, its workers, and its poor:
and to using for the world’s good all the new power which victory gives.
Let me ask you all to keep these things in your prayers, personal and
united. I would strongly advise that we do not simply drop off our
special prayers of war time “like weary men whose task is done,” but in
some way as parsons and people find how best to turn them into peace
prayers. Let such prayers be public-spirited. Pray for the nation a
God-fearing spirit, and one of soberness and unity. Pray that we ‘fall
not out by the way’: and that the land sheltered from the enemy may be
kept from all strife and violence within. Pray that a double portion of
the spirit of wisdom and understanding be given to those who rule and
Meanwhile we all have our tasks of duty and repair. Remember that the
time of the return home of our men already begun, will now be fully
come. How shall ive receive them? God forbid that it should be with
temptations to folly and sin. A great responsibility is upon the women
of the nation in this matter.
But let us try to make life brighter and better for them. And think
especially of the reception by the Church in the parishes of their
returning soldiers. I do trust that clergy and people will be giving
their mind to this matter. Will the services be shorter (the
Archbishop’s Committee on worship advises ‘one hour, or at most an hour
and a quarter’), more flexible, more suited to them: more like what in
war-time they have been found by Chaplains to need and appreciate.
Of course we have the whole congregation to consider, but it is these
men who deserve most consideration, and I shall be surprised if what
suits them does not really suit most of us. I am sure the clergy in
their sermons should — not indeed be always speaking to them, but should
have in mind what we have learnt about their thoughts, and difficulties,
But it is not only in the Church that we have to meet them. Let none of
them have to complain that when he got home at last no one in the Church
seemed to care. The clergy will try, I hope, to call at every house when
husband or son comes back: chat over his experience: and be ready to
meet any sign that he is ready to take his place in Christian life in
Church and out of it. In larger places (perhaps in all) -some of the
people may share this with the parson, though always showing that they
come in the Church’s name.
Is it again a time when some habit of family prayer may be started again
? Perhaps something like Robert Burns’ “Saturday night”?
I must not write more. But I shall not be able to write again before
Christmas, so let me say now, 'May God bless it to you—and to us all.’
I desire to be your faithful
Bishop and Servant,
THE VICAR’S LETTER.
My dear Friends,
There is neither time, nor space, for me to add much to the Bishop’s
letter, but I desire very much to say two things.
(1) About the Election. It is very much to be hoped that all
Electors, on recording their votes, will consider the welfare of this
country as a whole, which includes, the interests of all classes in it:
and not confine their views to the aims of one class only, no matter how
excellent in themselves those aims may be: and that they will vote for
the man, whether he belong to the Conservative, or Liberal, or Labour
party, who, so far as they can judge, is most likely to devote himself
to promoting the well-being of the whole Nation and Empire.
There is a danger of overlooking this, in pressing the urgent and most
legitimate claims of one or other class within the nation, to the
exclusion of the rest. Just as we have sunk our individual interests in
order that the country, as a whole might prove victorious in tthe jwar :
so, surely, ought we now to sink all considerations of party or class,
and join together in a whole-hearted effort to place in power a really
strong Government, which, fortified by our goodwill behind it, can act
freely in the best interests of us all.
(2) About a War-memorial. People are, of course, talking about
what we are going to do here. In the first place something should be
chosen which will appeal to the hearts of every one, without exception,
in the place.
Secondly, whatever else is done, the names of those who have given their
lives for the great cause should be recorded, for future generations to
read, in the Parish Church, which for at least eight centuries has
stood, altered in no vital point, in a place where all else has
experienced infinite vicissitudes of change and decay.
And whatever is done, we should in some way mark the sacredness of the
cause in which we have been engaged, the cause of our Lord and Master,
Christ against the powers of evil. I hope, myself that it may be
possible to erect a Cross; bearing His figure upon it, on some spot in
the Churchyard, in token that our hope is in Him, and that, following
His example, the nation dedicated itself to sacrifice and suffering in
His Cause, and that all who live in this place are bound to maintain
that Cause even to the death.
Advent, the season of the Coming of Christ, is upon us; may we find in
the renewed and quickened life of Church and Nation and all its members
that He is come to us indeed more fully than heretofore.
Yours most faithfully,
T. F. Hobson.
LETHERHEAD SILVER PRIZE BAND.
Extract from Report for the year Oct. 1, 1917, to Sept. 30, 1918.
The Band has turned out on 30 occasions, including marches with the 10th
V.B. Surrey Regt., War Weapons Week, British Red Cross Society’s
Entertainments, Red House Hospital Fête. The Band was engaged on every
Wednesday during the Summer, of which only four were free for Promenade
Concerts, These, however, were exceedingly successful. Fourteen members
having joined the Forces, it was necessary to obtain outside assistance
at heavy expense; but it is hoped with the return of peace to bring the
Band again to its former strength. The Band tenders its most hearty
thanks to all Subscribers and Donors for their kind support.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY.
The Military Cross has been awarded to Lieut. (Acting Capt.) Vivian St.
Clare Hill, 32nd Bn. Machine Gun Corps.
The Military Medal has been awarded to Sergt. Walter Mills, Canadian
Contingent. We very much regret that through an unfortunate' accident
this was not recorded in the October Magazine.
The following have given their lives for the Cause :—
Pte. Frank John Filkins, Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action,
Oct. 12, 1918.
Pte. Harold Hawkins, Machine Gun Corps (formerly 2/4 Bn. Royal
Queen’s West Surrey Regt.), killed in action, Oct. 13, 1918.
Sapper Frederick Joseph Blackwall, 50th R.E., died in hospital
in Germany, Oct. 9, 1918.
Pte. Albert James Fairs, A.S.C., M.T., died of pneumonia at
Salonica, Oct. 20, 1918.
Cpl. Leonard Charles Gibbs, 85th Bn. Canadian Contingent, died
of wounds received in action, Oct. 27, 1918.
Lce. Cpl. Ronald Percival Tribe, 1st Bn. Queen’s Royal West
Surrey Regt, died of wounds received in action, Oct. 30, 1918.
Pte. Frederick Watkins, 20th Hussars, killed near Mons, Nov.
Private Watkins went out with the first Six Divisions in August, 1914,
and took part in the retreat from Mons. Having served through the whole
war, he was, by a tragic fall, killed only four days before the end of
active hostilities in the same region as that in which the British Army
entered upon them.
In the long list of burials at the Parish Church last month will be
found the names of George Alexander and Ernest Wright. Both had been
wounded in the war, and returned, after their discharge, to live at
home. But their health had been shattered, and proved unable to resist
the attack of pneumonia following influenza; and their lives were no
less certainly sacrificed to the service of their Country than if they
had fallen in action.
Mrs. Fairs, of Rivers Cottages, Kingston Road, desires to thank her
friends for the sympathy shewn on the death of her son on active service
Mr. and Mrs. Songhurst, of Railway Cottages, Kingston Road, desires to
thank all friends for their kind sympathy in the sad loss of their
daughter; and also for their enquiries after other members of the