I’ve known Bill since 1976 since we went to university together in Cardiff, and we’ve seen each other at regular intervals since, and kept in touch. We know each other very well you see, but the Lockdown has turned up an interesting connection that we both had no knowledge of.
Bill’s Dad is John. He is in his late 90s, and not very well. He lives in Rugby, close to his daughter. Bill lives in Taunton, and regularly video calls to his sister and father back in Rugby. Bills Dad listens in while Bill talks mostly to his sister.
Bill and his wife Marrieanne are strong Christians. I have been talking to Bill about our lockdown experiences, and how our church St Eustachius’ is continuing to minister throughout the lockdown. Bill was interested to hear this, and shared it with his sister during their video call. John, Bill’s Dad, suddenly stirred. “Tavistock?” he said, “St Eustachius Church? I was stationed near Tavistock during the war, and we used to go to St Eustachius for Sunday Worship. We were re-training on Dartmoor after coming back from France at the start of the war. I used to take my gun into church! A lady from the congregation told our Sergeant Major off for shouting at “those dear boys””.
So Bill and I have a Tavistock connection that pre-dates our meeting each other in Cardiff, by some 34 years! Does anyone remember soldiers coming to St Eustachius’ church during the war, or a lady member of the congregation telling off a Sergeant Major?