The Parish of Burchetts Green

How will this year be remembered ?  

I hope to remember it for the marvellous rescue of the 12 young Thai footballers and their coach. Is it possible to think of a more complicated rescue? One that required the bringing together of so many different skills from all over the world, and all of these to be combined creatively, against a menacing lack of time!

The sad feature is the loss of the Thai navy diver. The joyful features include the co-operation of amateur cavers, professional divers and of the critically involved Australian anaesthetist/caver, who prepared the boys for their perilous lengthy exit under water.

Revd Maurice

Of course there is much that we do not know.  I hope that the history of the rescue will acknowledge the skills of the Thai host organisers, and also the life skills of the young coach and his team.

He had been a Buddhist monk and, with one exception, the team are young Buddhists, evidently all with the spiritual strength to survive intact as a group in the harsh conditions of their apparently hopeless predicament.

Could fiction match this story of so many good Samaritans?

There’s so much to be thankful for!

There’s so much to be thankful for!