As happy a sojourn as possible in the sad circumstances of exile

One lucky Belgian family arrived in Theale to take possession of the house which local well-wishers were renting for them. They even furnished it for the refugees, who had of course (less luckily) had to leave all their own possessions behind.

On Monday, November 9th, our Belgian guests, Monsieur and Madame Remonchamps, and four relatives arrived at Theale at 5.13 p.m. Mr Herbert Blatch and Mrs. D. M. Davies, on behalf of the Committee, kindly escorted them from London, and they were welcomed at the station by the Rector and Mrs. Angel-Smith, and Mr. D. M. Davies. The Committee have taken Dr. Carter’s house for the remainder of his lease at a reduced rent, and it has been furnished almost entirely by gifts, and the ladies of the Committee and others worked hard for several days in getting it ready. We trust that our Belgian guests find themselves comfortable there, and will have as happy a sojourn among us as the sad circumstances of their exile permit.

Theale parish magazine, December 1914 (D/P132B/28A/4)

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