This feels like a moment of change in the life of our nation although no one really knows how this change may play out in the years to come. And so it was 75 years ago but on an altogether bigger scale still. After six long years of very costly sacrifice – lives lost, personal freedoms curtailed and an economy that had been taken to the brink - victory in Europe was declared. World War 2 had been won and there was truly a united sense of rejoicing. Nevertheless, the future was uncertain.
The VE Day anniversary celebrations give us a timely reminder that even the darkest of times will end and victory over this new enemy will come.
So much is told of the ‘wartime spirit’. We rightly celebrate and remember their courage, perseverance and sacrifice. Perhaps future generations will look back to this time with admiration. In Corfe Mullen we have witnessed so much goodwill and care for one another in the community, so many individuals, and indeed businesses also, doing what they can for others; and the swift response by our mayor Duncan and the town council in setting up CMresilience to respond to those who need practical help.
I never dreamt there would be a day when we would have to lock our church doors although thankfully we are still able to open for the Foodbank. However, the church is really the people not the buildings themselves. We are finding new ways of connecting with the church family and our wider community. Our services can now be accessed online from our website and I continue to be available to anyone in our community who would value a chat or help. So please do be in touch at any time. Part of my role is to pray for the parish. I do this daily so if you have anything that you would value prayer for then why not fill out the request form on our website. As ever, it will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Like many others I look forward to the day when our wider community begins to recover and our church buildings are once again open and ‘we will meet again’ in the hub of activities that usually go on at St Nicholas and St Hubert. Until then take care and let’s continue to look out for one another.
With all good wishes
Revd Jane Burgess (May 2020)