Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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Real life stories

[6] Christine Reason: real life story 1939 to 1940

1940 Arch and Rene Ellis with Christine.

In my real life story, after the September 1939 wedding, we did not return to Woodford, supposedly because of the threat of the German Luftwaffe bombing London, and I was sent down to Rye in Sussex to live with my Aunt Rene and Uncle Arch by myself.
They were childless at this time…

[7] Christine Reason: real life story 1940 to 1941

1941 Naphill Bucks 5 children from the Whitehead family side.

Continuing my real life story 1940, during the Spring of that year, because of the air battles over the Channel and the threat of invasion by the Germans, as France had fallen to the enemy quite quickly, it was thought expedient to send me back to my grandparents in Bucks…

[8] Christine Reason: real life story 1941 to 1942

1941 Grandma Haydon with baby Andrew Brown.

Continuing my real life story 1941 I went in for the Scholarship exam, but failed it, so I sat for an Entrance exam to attend the High School for girls at High Wycombe, and passed, so I was able to go there, paying a fee of £5.00 per term…

[9] Christine Reason: real life story 1943 to 1944

1944 Guide Camp showing 6 guides including Christine & Beryl.

During my real life story 1943 and 1944 American Forces were stationed nearby, and we often used to get several of them attend Sunday services.
Occasionally, my Grandparents invited them home to Sunday lunch.
They were charming men and often very homesick for their loved ones back in the States…

[10] Christine Reason: real life story 1944 to 1945

1946 The cast of Alice in Wonderland - Christine as the White Rabbit.

In my real life story 1944 my faith was severely tested eighteen months later when my Mother, who had been ailing some time, died of breast cancer, aged 51 years…

[11] Christine Reason: real life story 1946

June 1946 George and Moya's wedding.

In my real life story 1946 I was still attending the High School when my Mother died in January 1946, and I moved out of my Grandparents’ home, and went to live with Aunt Edna and Uncle Bob…

[12] Christine Reason: real life story 1947 to 1948

1947 June Bogner Regis Pier Christine and Beryl

As a group, we did Folk Dancing, and I was quite attracted to him. In my real life story 1947 one day a visit was arranged to go to Cecil Sharp House in London. Sharp was a founder of the English Folk Song Society, and as a group we used to sing Folk Songs, including “The Foggy, Foggy Dew”, which was a bit saucy and amusing…

[13] Christine Reason: real life story 1949 to 1951

Christine at Alum Bay 1951

In my real life story 1949, Stanley kept coming into the Library while I was working, and I used to be filling the shelves up with returned books, and he used to pop his head round the corner of the bookcases! Eventually, this wore me down so I agreed to go out with him…