A fate dreadful to contemplate

The vicar of Winkfield was anxious to help both Belgian refugees who had reached safety in Berkshire, and those left behind to a worse fate. In nearby Warfield, meanwhile, we learn whether proposals to start a Rifle Club to train potential recruits would be going ahead.




I am very anxious that we as a parish should try to do our best to help our distressed Allies the Belgians. As you know, thousands of Belgian families have been obliged to take refuge in England, and homes of some sort must be provided for them.

Through the generosity of two parishioners two families will shortly come and make temporary home in Winkfield, and from enquiries I have made as to accommodation, I think we could well arrange to provide for another destitute family if funds to support them are forthcoming. Probably at least one pound a week would have to be guaranteed. I have the promise of one guarantee of 5/- a week and should be glad to receive other offers of help to guarantee the remaining funds necessary.

But besides those poor people who have reached England in a state of destitution, there are thousands still in Belgium, especially in the outlying districts, who cannot get away: country people whose villages have been completely destroyed, homeless, destitute, and whose fate in the coming winter is dreadful to contemplate if help does not quickly reach them.

There is no need to remind you of the immense debt we owe to the brave Belgian people, and of our duty to do our utmost to help them in their dire need, and so I hope that those who cannot afford to guarantee any sum weekly for destitute Belgian families in England, will self-denyingly give as large a donation as they can to help these poor people starving in Belgium.

I should be glad to receive the names of more who would volunteer to take collecting cards, and when they call for your donations I trust they will meet with a generous response.

Your faithful Friend and Vicar,

* * *

The following fresh names have been added to our list of honour posted up in the Church porch, of men undergoing training for the Front, –

Malcolm Blane Ernest Gray
Leonard Cox Norman Nickless
Cecil Ferard Donald Thurmer

Fred Rixon and Charles Streamer have been wounded, but are progressing favourably.

Two members of our Choir, now in training at Shorncliffe, paid a welcome visit home on Sunday, October 11th, and it was very pleasant to see them again in their old places in the choir.



No. The meeting announced for September was duly held, and was but poorly attended, chiefly by those beyond military age. It was shewn at the meeting that the neighbouring clubs had not proved to be great attractions or successes. Most of our young men had left the village to serve their King and Country. Mr. H. Laurence who originally proposed the scheme himself, proposed that it be abandoned, for the present. This was seconded and carried.

Winkfield and Warfield sections of Winkfield District Magazine, November 1914 (D/P151/28A/6/11)

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