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With best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year!
Shelagh

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Dec 15 14 9:05 PM

Best wishes to you too Shelagh.
It is at this time of year as Christmas approaches I tend to think more of my time at Harpenden. As one of those who never went home to parents or relatives during the festive season I can only gauge the celebrations by the wonderful time we had and how lucky we were. People often assume it would have been grim for us not being at "home" but I always tell them of the great time we had and of the generosity shown by supporters of the NCH. I, to this day, regard Harpenden as my home and am glad I had the experience of what to me is the spirit of Christmas.

Wishing all my NCH family a wonderful Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Cheers
Dave
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Dec 16 14 3:24 PM

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[size=120]Wishing all our NCH family from my own family
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR
love Di
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Dec 16 14 3:37 PM

Hi Shelagh, Dave & All,
I have always carried on the same traditions with my family at Christmas, as we had in No. 2 at Fairfield, Harrogate.  Every year I can remember the excitment & happiness we all felt & Dave I agree with you, how lucky we were.
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Dec 16 14 6:33 PM

HI Dave,
Yes I too tend to think of the NCH Christmases of my six years at Harpenden, all of them spent there, so that sets the tone for the excitment and wonder and fun of it all, even now.  For me, too, I loved the carols we sang at Christmas time in the chapel. Whenever I put on my KIngs College Chapel choir cds at this time, it takes me right back there to Harpenden!  The window of my greetings pic is indeed from the chapel at Harpenden, as I'm sure any of the Harpos here will know! :-)
Best to all!
Shelagh
 

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Dec 16 14 6:37 PM

Wow! Di!   What a great picture, and lovely-looking family!  How do you keep track of them all?!  Do they have to wear name-tags?  Just kidding :-)
Have a lovely Christmas, and every good wish for the New Year!
Love,
Shelagh

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Dec 16 14 11:20 PM

Thanks Shelagh, the 3, soon to be 4 great grandchildren are always the stars of the show & after they're put to bed on Christmas night, the games come out & chaos reigns.  When everybody goes home on the 27th, we're all in need of a rest.  Hope you have a lovely Christmas in your first year of retirement too & 2015 is especially kind to you & yours.  love Di

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Dec 18 14 6:34 PM

To All NCHers. A very happy, safe and warm Christmas. 
  Looking for Father Christmas to come down the drive on Christmas eve and getting a gift. We were always last Di, as he alway started at number eight !
A stocking on your bed when you woke up. The morning service, (choirboy duty). A pillowcase to be found and identified by Sisters nickname for you. Mine was, "I Ammm" and "I knowww", cant think why. The laughter, the gasps, the sheer noise as we opened the gifts. The Christmas dinner, stuffed to the gills and almost breaking teeth as you found the sixpence or threepenny bit. How did Sister make sure every child got one when she spooned it out?.
Yes, we were so lucky and am so glad I was there. Arriving as a Baby in Fairfield, like Di, I knew no other Christmas and it came as almost a shock when, living in lodgings in Chester, it was so very different.  Like Dave, I still give a thought to the Sisters who must have put in so many hours of their time to make it so good for us, Bless them all.
Many of the things I did at Fairfield are done to this day with my family, Daughter Hayley grew up with them and now it's granddaughter Farrahs turn and she loves them, although at Nine she is having the Santa doubts.
Di, You have enough there for a football crowd !, I recognize some of the faces from the reunions of course. I cant imagine the volume when everyone is there!, I bet You and Lew collapse when all have gone home.
Do you have snow yet Shelagh?, We got four inch's one day and it was gone the next.
 Once again, Merry Christmas All NCher's.

Malc T

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Dec 19 14 1:58 AM

Just thoughts

Hello all,
I must start by saying I thought Di was an honest in'jun but have now been disabused of that. I thought that I had visited a Harrogate Branch reunion but based on the evidence above it becomes clear that it was just a family get together. But to be fair they were well disguised, they weren't wearing the funny hats! I should also have noticed that the one playing MalcT didn't have his hand stuck in a wooden sign thing! Only joking honest.
Two of the highlights for me/us this year have been the two reunions we have been lucky enough to attend and what came across in each case was the absolute warmth of a proper family gathering , in this case a NCH family gathering. I suppose that we should not be surprised that our personalities with our likes and disilikes and standards are so similar, after all, we were all parented at some point by Sisters and when you think about it in those terms you realise just how apt the title is.
Proof of the efficiency of the training of the Sisters is displayed in every story recorded here but what is far more difficult to quantify in words or any other form is the total dedication these wonderful Ladies showed. Whilst Christmas was most special the standard of care they maintained throughout the less special times, when looked back upon, becomes nothing less than incredible. I for one will yet again be spending a lot of time with my own family this Christmas and once again I will look upon them and realise that there were two ladies in my past who also had an input into this family. Thank you S'Lottie and Mrs T.
Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year to all.
Roy

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Dec 20 14 6:25 PM

Hi Roy,
It's a good job my girls were at the Harrogate reunion or you might not have got your cake young Roy!!! 
Malc, you bring all the memories back & I know we all talk about it every year at Christmas, but it's still as if we were back at the home yesterday.  Reading Dorle's lovely article about Sister Dorothy & how thrilled & proud she was at reunion to meet up with her former charges, as was Sister Milly, makes us realise how much effort & hard work they all went to make us feel so happy at Christmas.
love Di

 

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Dec 21 14 2:02 PM

Just one snow so far, Malc--back in November.  Very pretty while it lasted.  Now it's just cold, gray and damp--sort of like England, methinks!   Great for that "nice hot cup of tea" though!  Or something stronger...:-)
Cheers to you, our Canada NCH family!  Hope you are keeping well.
~Shelagh

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Dec 24 14 5:07 PM

Shelagh speaking of tea or something stronger has reminded me - Di hasn't sent any Christmas cake this year or didn't it even make it as far as me this time??

Roy

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Dec 26 14 1:27 AM

The Harpenden chapel window

HI Clive,
I think there is a better print of this window, but I don't have it.  This little bit is just a photo I took at the 2010 reuinion there.  Check with Philip--I think I've seen it somewhere amongst his postings or website?
Best,
Shelagh

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Dec 27 14 1:23 AM

Hi Clive,
I'm sorry I don't have a full picture of the west window of Highfield Chapel but the dedication reads "This window was presented to the glory of God & in the interest of the Nations Children By Alderman Sir Charles C Wakefield. Bart: 1928". Interestingly there is no mention of the NCH in any form. Whilst at Harpenden in the 50's I spoke to the glazier who did the maintenance of the Chapel windows, he thought that this window and dedication panel in particular had been repaired or altered at sometime as the lettering "was out of balance" his words to the best of my memory.  Hope this helps.
Roy
p.s.   Sir Charles Cheers WAKEFIELD. MP   was also the sponsor of Wakefield House at Harpenden which was dedicted 16 years earlier in 1912.

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Dec 29 14 1:30 PM

imageimageimageWhoops Roy & Shelagh, you just weren't quick enough, it all got snaffled. Even Father Christmas didn't stand a chance, although he was so relieved to get out of that chimney!!!
love Di

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Dec 29 14 3:23 PM

Ah well, next year, Di! Now that you've enticed us all with these photos! (But glad those young-uns got good dibs!) :-)

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