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Letter writer so grateful to Spalding couple

May I commend two wonderful young people from your town. On Tuesday, May 11 my car broke down on a narrow country lane in very rural Somerset. I am nearing 80 years of age and I was stranded with no mobile phone service.

Along came two of your wonderful residents, on a break in the West Country, in their trusty van. This fantastic couple, along with a couple of locals, walked to find a phone service and contacted the RAC. They also contacted my family to assure them that I was safe. Having done their best I encouraged them to continue on their journey, knowing the rescue services would come soon.

They refused to leave, provided me with a large mug of tea and two bananas! More importantly they stayed with me for four hours until the breakdown truck arrived, standing in the rain, albeit under two umbrellas. I will be forever in their debt as they kept me cheerful and their kindness and generosity of spirit is unforgettable.

Their names are Fran and Elliot Morley and live in Spalding. So may I take this opportunity to thank them publicly. What great ambassadors they are for your town!

Elaine Bagnall

via email

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (47280794)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (47280794)

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Start afresh and trust God with your future

Change is in the air: as Bob Dylan sang long ago: “The times they are a-changing”.

Yes, there is no escaping the fact. Even here in sleepy fenland, where things seem not to move as fast as they do elsewhere and many of us like it that way – people often move here simply to get away from the hurly-burly and upheavals of life elsewhere, don’t they?

You can sense the ground moving and something new and strange around us.

It may not be measurable, though it often is if we are willing to look, and we may not be able to get our heads around it, but it is undoubtedly happening, in countless aspects of life.

So, how to respond? A line in the old hymn “Change and decay in all around I see” is rather depressing, true up to a point but suggesting the only remedy is to try to stop it happening, but that would be impossible and forgets that change can, can, lead to new life.

We cannot change ourselves any more than we can pull ourselves up by our own shoe-laces but, if we surrender and give ourselves and let it happen, not clinging onto the old and outdated past and its securities, God can transform us and all we love into something entirely new.

Remember the poet’s words:

“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.

“That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

Think of now as the start of a new year, a new age, and entrust God with your future.

Roger Seal

Spalding Quaker Meeting

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