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My father had died very suddenly and I felt I should be nearer my mother.
As Secretary of the Committee, I wrote every month to these stalwart souls in the Orkneys, Shetlands, Hebrides, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the Channel Islands.
Over the years I came to regard these dedicated Bahá’ís as my friends, all later to be designated Knights of Bahá’u’lláh.
We were to have the bounty of going again in 1975 and in 1991.
While we were still living in Cardiff we were all shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the beloved Guardian, Shoghi Effendi.
With two other Welsh Bahá’ís (the Newman sisters) also pioneering, from Pontypridd, we made up the Assembly in this cathedral city – the ancient capital of England. As a member of the National Spiritual Assembly, I attended joint Conferences in Frankfurt, of other European National Spiritual Assemblies and European Auxiliary Board members called by the Counsellors in Europe. Now started a great deal more travelling as I tried to keep in touch with the communities in my area – consulting, advising, teaching, deepening, holding conferences and generally trying to bring out the dedication and service of the friends. I often felt that as the friends needed the institution of the Auxiliary Boards, so the members of that Board needed the friends, and their love and support.
We travelled from Wales to pay our respects and to express our love at his funeral in North London in November 1957. only two weeks elapsed before I was asked by the Continental Board of Counsellors in Europe to become an Auxiliary Board member for Propagation in the South and South West of the United Kingdom.Eventually we left Cardiff and pioneered as a family to Winchester. This went on for nearly six years, and I had the privilege of participating in the International Conventions in Haifa on two occasions – in 1973 and in 1978. A new phase of my Bahá’í life had begun, after a fortnight’s respite.
In 1963 all our family had the great bounty of attending the first Bahá’í World Congress in the Royal Albert Hall, London, with 7,000 people from all over the world. In 1964 we all went to the Dedication of the House of Worship in Frankfurt, and in 1965 David and I went on our first Pilgrimage to the Holy Shrines and the World Centre in Haifa.This was a major Committee and I felt I had been thrown in at the deep end before I had learnt to swim.After the Stockholm Conference (21-26 July 1953) some of these Bahá’ís never returned home but went straight on to their pioneer posts.David, Auxiliary Board member for Protection, would sometimes be involved in such gatherings, and then such things as the Covenant, the protection of the Cause and possible difficulties in a community would be added to the subjects studied.The friends would often participate by working in pairs or groups to answer quizzes or questionnaires after a short talk on a subject.It was a great privilege at the start of my Bahá’í life, and on these two Committees I learnt a tremendous lot. After about five years I left London to return to my home in Wales.