We are always intrigued as to where phrases that we use every day, came from.  Take the phrase used in this month’s article title, this is attributed to Alfred, Lord Tennyson and can be found in the 1850 poem ‘In memoriam A.H.H.’ written on the occasion of his young friend’s death.  It is also the poem where the other famous line: ‘Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all’ came from.  In modern times we use ‘so near and yet so far’ to describe the gulf between where we are and where we want to be.  So close, we can almost see it, taste it, touch it - but there is still a way to go. 

During March we stand on the threshold of those aged 50+ being offered their first vaccination against this horrible Covid-19, so this phrase really seems to resonate.  We are so much further on than we were this time last year – and a HUGE ‘hurrah’ to all those scientists who have worked tirelessly to make it so – but still we have to be careful.  We trust the Government's roadmap makes sense and gives you, as well as us, renewed hope that better days really do lie ahead.  However, until things return to whatever ’normal’ will look like for 2021, please can we urge caution and care?  By continuing to do what is right, this threat will recede, a slightly less restrictive life will resume and once again we will be able to shop, go out for coffee and share lunch with family and friends.

Here at Hope Trust our work has had to be slimmed down; phone calls, emails, cards, letters, Zoom & Facetime video chats and What’s App calls have all been utilised but we long for a return to actually sitting down and chatting with someone sitting opposite us.  We also long to meet new people; respond to, and support, those who have undergone the experience of bereavement by hosting our Spring Bereavement Support Group.  We can’t wait to host a Men’s event or watch one of the new DVD’s that was bought months ago to be shown at the monthly Film Event.  The Scrabble and Rummikub tiles are clean and ready to be used and we are both looking forward to visiting The Hut on the seafront just as soon as we can.

We are so near, yet so far - so please, keep doing all that is good and right, because one day soon we will make it to the place we’d all rather be!

Paul & Sheila (Pastoral Workers) for Hope Trust.  We can be reached on 01394 272592, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.hopetrust.org.uk