We shall be very glad when Peace comes and things return to their normal conditions

The curate at Maidenhead St Luke was going to become an army chaplain, while the organist was too busy working in a munitions factory to rehearse the choir.

The Vicar’s Letter

Dear Friends and Parishioners,-

This November again brings us the Confirmation. I hope all are remembering in their prayers those who are preparing for Confirmation. It should be one of the great turning points in a boy’s or girl’s, or man’s or woman’s, life. Just now, with all the concomitant disturbance and upheaval of the War, it is difficult for any, old or young, to find much time for quiet, and the making of great resolves. All the more honour is due, and the more help should be given, to those who have the courage to try and serve God in this way. I hope that all god-parents, parents and friends of the Candidates, who can possibly be present, will attend the Confirmation on Sunday, November 25th, at 3.30 pm.

Alas! after the Confirmation, we are to lose Mr. Sellors, who has been posted as an Army Chaplain from November 26th, though his actual departure may be a little later. We cannot grudge him his War Service; but I am sure that on behalf of the whole parish I ought to say how much he has endeared himself to us all since he first came among us in June, 1916… We pray God he may return safe, to work among us again, if the War do not last too long, or, if it do, to visit us before he shall take up work in the Foreign Mission Field.

There has been some re-arrangement in the matter of the Musical Services at St. Luke’s, temporarily owing to the War.

The ever-growing claims of Munitions now prevents Mr. Garrett Cox from taking the Friday night practices of the Choir. He can still play on Sundays, except on some evenings.

Mr. King-Gill has kindly undertaken to act as Choir-Master and Precentor for the time being, and I am sure in his hands the Choir will maintain its reputation for good and reverent singing. Mr. Sinkins is most generously helping us on those Sunday nights when Mr. Garrett Cox is away, and at other times, too. And we are still fortunate in getting help from Mr. Snow and Mr. Goolden, and occasionally from Mr. Chavasse and Mr. Sellors.

I feel that a word of public thanks is also due to Mr Chas King for the great help he gave us in Choir training while Mr Garrett Cox had to be making shells; we all much appreciate the work he did for us. We shall, of course, be very glad when Peace comes and things return to their normal conditions, but thanks to our many good friends we have done wonderfully well at St Luke’s in a very trying time…

I remain, Your faithful friend and Vicar


Maidenhead St Luke parish magazine, November 1917 (D/P181/28A/26)

Work for all making bandages for the wounded and clothes for soldiers’ families

The women of Clewer were invited to support their menfolk by the following request in the parish magazine

An association has been formed in Clewer for supplying sick and wounded soldiers with shirts, bandages, lint, etc. The regiment that we have been asked to work for is the 4th Dragoon Guards – a regiment which has only been two years at home after seventeen years of active service abroad, and is now gone to the front. Subscriptions are earnestly requested. About £150 has already been received. Voluntary workers have come forward in great numbers: we can find work for all.

Mrs. Cowie hopes to start a work party for the war at the Rectory on Tuesdays at 2-30, beginning on Tuesday, September 8th. She also wishes to remind the kind contributors to the Berks and Bucks Needlework Guild that all ordinary garments for the wives and children of soldiers, sailors, Territorials and Reservists, and for those in distress owing to unemployment, as well as for the usual cases of poverty, will be more wanted than ever, and in accordance with the Queen’s wishes and by desire of H. R. H. Princess Henry of Battenberg, should be sent in by September 20th.’

Clewer St Andrew parish magazine, September 1914 (D/P39/28A/9)