During my travels we lost one Thankful Village, it is believed possible that a soldier who died in the Great War could have come from Welbury on the first volume of Thankful Villages.
However one village has been added, Toft. Michael McCarthy worked tirelessly to prove what has long been local legend, that everyone returned to Toft alive from the first World War.
I went to Toft three times.
The first time Jake Tebbit showed me his paintings and Michael and Cynan sang to me in his kitchen.
The second time I sang for Michael and the rest of the village in the People’s Hall.
The third time I saw their May Day festival. My friend Emma danced round the May pole on the village green. Then we blessed the well and hugged the church on it’s 800th birthday.