The Letters of Support

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Dear Mrs Keeling,

The Duchess of Cornwall has asked me to thank you for your letter of 11th September in connection with the Friends of St. Mary and St. Eanswythe’s community project.

Her Royal Highness is grateful to you for taking the trouble to write to her, but she regrets that she is unable to comply with your request for a message of support. I am sure you will appreciate that The Duchess of Cornwall receives a great many letters and requests every week, but sadly is unable to help on every occasion.

I am sorry not to be able to send you a more helpful reply. Her Royal Highness has asked me to send you her best wishes and trusts that you understand.

Yours sincerely,

Claudia Spens

Dear Mrs Keeling,

Thank you for your letter and for telling about the community project. I certainly do applaud this initiative, especially in this very important anniversary year of World War I. It is so important to keep memories alive, as there are now so few survivors.

The role of women is often overlooked, and the best way to stop this happening is to educate the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of all those women who made sacrifices.

I wish you huge success with the project.

Judi Dench

Dear Folkestone children,

I hope you enjoy taking part in the exciting WWI project and that you write some great stories and poems,

With love…

Julia Donaldson

JK Rowling
Dear Pam,

Thank you for your letter addressed to JK Rowling. Mrs Rowling tries to read and answer as many letters as she can personally, but the reality is that it is not possible for her to manage all of her mail single-handedly.

Ms Rowling is receiving an overwhelming number of requests for notes of support and regrets than she is unable to respond personally.

Shown below are some words of advice from Ms Rowling for aspiring writers. I thought this may be useful to some of the children involved in your community project.

Ms Rowling suggests the following; “When writing, I think a good starting point is what you know, for instance, your own feelings or subjects you know a lot about. The most important thing is to READ as much as you can. This will teach you to recognise good writing, and by analysing what you like best, you can find out how to improve your own writing”.

I hope this may be of some help. Thank you once again for writing and thank you for your interest. We both wish you every success on this project.

Yours sincerely,

D. Brooks

Office of J.K Rowling

Hi Kids,

I hear you’re all getting involved in a fabulous creative World War 1 project. I’m just writing to wish you all luck! It sounds like a brilliant opportunity, so make the most of it and really get stuck in! I’m sure you’ll all come up with some really great ideas. Most of all have fun!

Lots of love…


Most people think of World War One as the horrors of the trenches. But the conflict affected the lives of everyone and the role of women in the war is overlooked. It is wonderful to see The Friends of St Mary are putting this right with a brilliant programme of projects. I wish the young people every success in their study of this most horrible aspect of history.

Terry Deary

Here we are looking at the role that women played during WWI, but are you sure you know how the war actually started?

If not, read more here!