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A Long Way from Home, Paperback / softback Book


Growing up in Barbados in humble surroundings as a devout Christian, Una was the oldest of ten children.

Living in a small rural village with a simple school, church and local shop, life was poor but easy.

Then, one day, a blue airmail letter arrived, addressed to Una's mother.

The letter brought a sense of adventure and changed Una's life drastically - for the better.

John Chandler, a Christian who had once worked with her mother, was writing to invite Una to come to England, get married and start a new life. On her 17th birthday, Una left the West Indies to make her first journey to England, with 2 pounds for a new life in her pocket.

Saying goodbye to her parents and other siblings, she arrived at Gatwick airport on 1st November 1961.

There, she was greeted by a bright and beaming young man with a friendly smile - John.

He and Una went on to have 20 years of happy marriage and 6 children.

Unfortunately, John developed lung cancer and passed away on 25th December 1982, leaving Una a widow at the age of 38.

As life moved on and grief slowly faded, Una went back to adult education college and studied to become a Methodist Local Preacher - for eighteen years, she was the only female West Indian Lay Preacher on the Methodist Church Circuit for Reading and Silchester.

She is the first female West Indian-born Chaplain at Reading Borough Council, where she also works as a volunteer.

This is her story, of courage, faith, determination, hard work and a sense of humour.

Life is for living and A Long Way From Home is about making that journey.




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