Ex-secretary’s book to help service charity
10:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Latest News
A BOOK featuring poems, prose and pictures by the mother of Rowde resident Hugh Whittle is raising money for Help for Heroes.
Mr Whittle’s mother, Rebe, died last year aged 91. Her family put together her work initially as a keepsake for themselves but decided it could help a charity and have published it.
Mrs Whittle, who lived in Maidstone, Kent, was a secretary at the House of Commons for about 20 years, working for MPs and Lords including Sir Percy Grieve and Francis Maude.
During the Second World War she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Scampton, where her role included operations room duties. Her husband, Harry, who died in 2000, served in the RAF as a pilot.
Mrs Whittle also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Several of her paintings hang on the walls of Rowde Village Hall.
Her family have published an initial print run of 300 copies of the book Poetry, Prose and Pictures with all profits going to Help for Heroes. They hope to raise £1,000.
Hugh Whittle, of Church View, Rowde, said he was indebted to his friend Alan Watters who used his publishing skills to ensure the project came to fruition. Mr Whittle said: “We have sold about half of the books so far. The most common word used by people who have read the book is ‘charming’.
“It covers such a wide range of emotions; they are humorous, sad and descriptive poems. I think my parents would be pleased but also absolutely astonished that we have produced a book.”
The book costs £5, from Devizes Books, Rowde Village Shop, the pubs in Rowde, Rowdey Cow cafe, Poulshot Farm Shop and at www.bmycharity.com/RebeWhittle
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