6th July 2016
1st & 7th Frome Jubilee Scout Group
Dear Graham Owen
I would like to thank you so much for showing us Trinity Church on Tuesday 21st June. We all found it very interesting, often people go to church and do not know the meanings of the items in the building they just accept that they are there. Our most memorable part of the tour was learning about the meanings of the stained glass windows.
Thank you so much.
July 2016 Letter to The Somerset Standard
Yet again this week I thought how lucky I am to have ended up living here in Frome, as I was sitting in the newly modernised Trinity Church. If you haven’t seen it yet, do visit it; it is such a beautiful, light and airy building which will meet the multiple needs of the 21st century. A place of worship is its main purpose, but it also provides a spectacular setting for its Burne-Jones Windows and its Singer Screen, as well as a multi-use space.
I reflected on the family coincidence of how we came to live in Frome. We come from generations of Londoners, but after some years living on the French border in Belgium, the Ministry of Defence returned us to the UK, but had sold so much service accommodation they had to rent a house for us, which we eventually bought. One member of my family, my Grandfather, had also been sent to Frome by MOD after being wounded during the battle on the Somme. He was wounded twice. After he healed the first time he returned to his unit at Cambrai. His wounds the second time were more serious and he was sent to the military hospital at Sutton Veny, and then to the Red Cross convalescent home at Keyford before returning to London. This building has now gone and the pub I am convinced he would have frequented, The Bee Hive, is now turned into flats, but every time I pass it l like to think of Grandpa drinking there.
We visited many of the cemeteries on the Somme during our years living amongst them and I remember wondering who the Artist Rifles were; it seemed a bit strange to have artists fighting as a Unit. Now I have seen my Grandfather’s war record, I know he was a rifleman in the Artist Rifles and left many of his friends on the Somme, where they were laid to rest with their comrades. They were fighting to give us, and our European friends, the freedom to make our own choices and not to be under the control of foreign powers, something we need to remember in this challenging period one hundred years later.