Reading the article ‘Taking the Pledge’ by Ros Black in the June issue, reminded me that I had inherited a sketch drawn in October 1905. It is the only entry in an album given to my stepmother’s mother Winifred (Winnie) Harfield on her 22nd birthday on 24 February 1904. Winnie was a wholesale chemist’s assistant at the time, living in Peckham with her father Joseph, a compositor at the Bank of England, her mother Harriett (née Steel), brother Frederick and sisters Annie, Ethel and Gertrude.
My reason for contacting you is that the family were devout Christians. The sketch has the title ‘Call Them In’ and features the Children’s Mission complete with children, and the wording “Even so it is not the will of your Father that one of these little ones should perish... the Father seeketh such... of such shall the Kingdom be? Yours in the cause of Christ for the children. J Whitby October 1905.” I was wondering if this had a connection with the temperance pledge and the Band of Hope Group? Jennifer C Bromfield, by email
A sketch titled ‘Call Them In’ In’, which shows the Children’s Mission