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21 August 2015

Simon Gordon-Clark writes:

YOUR obituary of the late Professor Owen Chadwick (Gazette, 24 July) made no mention of his time as Principal of the Readers’ Summer Course, held at Selwyn College for many years. The humility of a world-class scholar in looking after Readers was characteristic. He not only lectured, but found other top-flight academics to address the course. He was never patronising, and always accessible and charming. His lectures to the Readers on his biography of Michael Ramsey were particularly memorable.

Rosemary Skinner writes: Further to your obituary of the Revd Gunter Helft (Gazette, 7 August), I knew him in Neasden as a child. My father, Canon Charles Crowson, was Vicar of Neasden from 1939 to 1945, and Mr Helft stayed for a while at the vicarage. Although I was then five, and am 79 now, I still remember him very well: a man in black, who was very kind to me, and very gentle.

One of my father’s curates, the Revd Arthur Morton, went on to head the Missions to Seamen; and that may be another contact Gunter made when he stayed with us. It was really interesting to think that perhaps my father had something to do with it.

Correction. Our obituary of the Revd Gunter Helft stated wrongly that Flying Angel News ceased publication recently. The Mission to Seafarers assures us that the next edition will appear in September.

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