Filled with fire and faith


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Fire and flames may have some very different meanings for each of us… maybe we think about them as destructive or a threat in some way, alternatively we may initially think of light and warmth.

Two memories from my childhood stood out to me relating to fire. One was when we experienced what was, comparatively, a small fire in our home. I remember sitting in the garden with my four siblings huddled in our duvets as we watched my Dad try and put out the fire in the kitchen. I remember the smell of the burnt rooms and the sound of the fire engines coming followed by the equally rapid arrival of other families in the village, who had been in the pub and heard the sound of “a bit of drama” in our normally quiet Sussex village. They were equally quick to offer help, food, support and even a caravan…

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