Glow festival, Korean War graves, stamp design and charity shops open

Peace Poem

Peace Poem is the final instalment in this year's Glow festival. - Credit: Jimmy Lee Photography

Poem brings peace to our homes

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

In troubled times, whether it is a pandemic or some other catastrophic event that hits the news, there is always an antidote to lessen the effect of such an event. 

This can be seen within the intention of the large 14ft illuminated address showing a Peace Poem by Robert Montgomery, created after the 1914-1918 war, publicly displayed in the local district (Post).

This artwork was taken around the streets  at the end of light week under the direction of Sarah Wickens of Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD). This display would also mark the centenary year of the Becontree Estate.

The message in this poem has strong relevance and meaning for us all. Why not become a peacemaker through your attachment to the sentiments expressed in the poem.

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Here is the poem: “Peace is the dream of a shared human soul that we build every day with forgiveness and kindness and hope.”

CBD are to be complimented on such a thoughtful and meaningful enterprise.

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Therefore each of us can bring a greater sense of peace to our homes, schools and workplace by being more forgiving, kind and hopeful.

Servicemen who gave their lives

Home away from home for these British soldiers in Korea, the lorry was parked on a piece of flat gro

British soldiers in Korea - Credit: PA Images

Brian Hough, 116 Fields Farm Road, Hyde, Greater Manchester, SK14 3NP, writes:

I am acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations’ Memorial Cemetery in Busan, South Korea, where over 800 British servicemen are buried.

The authorities there wish to obtain photographs of those servicemen interred there, and also of those who died but have no known grave (200+). Copies of the  photographs will be placed in the man’s records and will also be displayed on the walls of the cemetery’s Hall of Remembrance for all time.

The following names are just some of the young men from the Greater London area who gave their lives in the Korean war: 

  • Cpl Reginald S Greaves
  • L/Cpl Graham B Eades
  • Fus Ronald G Cooper
  • Sgt Douglas B Humberstone
  • 2nd Lt Geoffrey K Briggs
  • Pte David G Webster
  • Lt Alan P Daniels (RN)
  • Sgt Herbert F Richards
  • Fus Alan R Pryor
  • Pte Ronald W Cridland
  • Cpl Kenneth E Roberts
  • Pte Gordon F Jones
  • Gnr Trafford L Curtis.

Any family or friend who lost a loved one in the Korean War (1950-53) and who would like to take part in this project can send the photograph to me at the above address.

If more details are required, you can phone 0161 368 5622 or 07467 037742. You can also email me at

May I thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.  

Stamp design competition

David Gold, director, external affairs and policy, Royal Mail, writes: 

I hope parents will encourage their children to take part in Royal Mail’s stamp design competition, to honour the heroes of the pandemic.

The competition is open to children aged four to 14.

Eight designs will be chosen to become stamps, which will be on sale across the UK.
Children may choose to illustrate frontline workers in health or social care. They may want to celebrate other key workers who have kept the country going, such as refuse collectors, cleaners, teachers, supermarket workers, public transport staff, delivery drivers or, indeed, postmen and postwomen. Or they might highlight the volunteers who have helped in their local communities or raised money for charity, such as Captain Sir Tom Moore.

The competition is open until Friday, May 28.

A special panel of judges will select the winners. As with all Special Stamps, the final eight designs will be sent to the Queen before they can be printed and issued as stamps.

The winners will be announced in the autumn.

We cannot wait to see who children choose to honour on their stamp.

The past year has been very difficult for everyone, so let’s show the heroes of the pandemic just how much we appreciate what they have done for us.

Big welcome back to our stores

David Longmore, head of retail operations, Barnardo’s, writes:

Barnardo’s supports some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK and we couldn’t do it without the customers, colleagues and volunteers who support our stores.

We are delighted we’ve been able to reopen our stores after lockdown and by the wonderful response we’ve had from customers old and new following our first week of trading.

We would like to thank all those who have kept hold of their donations for many months, we are now able to accept them once more.

We are grateful to our colleagues and volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure safe, clean environments and of course to our customers whose spending supports our frontline workers.

Our frontline workers provide a wide range of support across communities and the demand has never been greater.
We are helping children affected by bereavement during Covid, those who are struggling with their mental health because of anxiety, loss and family breakdown.

We are supporting parents facing poverty who have had to choose between food, heating or data for their children’s online learning during lockdown. We have responded with new digital and practical support while continuing our work in areas such as fostering and adoption, disability, care leaver support, help for young carers and children and young people at risk of, or recovering from, all forms of exploitation.

So, as we welcome everyone back to our stores, we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support, and if you have some time to spare, why not think about joining our team of amazing volunteers.

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