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07 November 2008

Armistice Day at Bournville 2007 - preview
Last November I spent a study weekend at Woodbrooke
  • On Sunday morning I walked up for Meeting for Worship at Bournville Meeting House
  • I settled in a chair and enjoyed the open space of the building and the wonderful wooden arches of the roof space as I settled into the worship
  • At eleven o’clock an elderly Friend stood up and asked us to remember Friends who had served in the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) in the second world war
  • It was only later that I realised that he had stood at eleven o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month
  • I found this deeply moving
  • After the worship I sought out the Friend and thanked him for his ministry
  • Later I wrote my thoughts about this event in a poem
  • Anyone who has been to Bournville Meeting House will know it has two distinctive features: an organ and a rather large clock
  • I sent my effort to the clerk of the Meeting who put it up on the notice board
  • I received this reply from the man who had stood up in the meeting, Stanley Holland
  • When I returned to Bournville recently, I saw Stan, now eighty-six, and asked him if I could publicise the contents of his letter and he agreed

  • Nick Matthews

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