Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
Please reply to Box No. 7, G.P.O., Bedford.
22nd October, 1942.
Dear Miss Blyton,
I was most interested to read your letter. If we continue the series "Parents,
Children and Religion", we shall certainly welcome any suggestions and advice
from you, and if they do continue and you have something to contribute, I can
put you into touch with my colleague, the Rev. J.E. Fenn, who arranges these
While writing, I wonder whether you have any ideas about broadcasts for the
Sunday Children's Hour? We plan these weekly broadcasts in collaboration with our
Children's Hour colleagues, and we have just finished the twelve Sayers plays on
the Life of Our Lord - though, in the writing, they were more suitable for
adults than for children - if you have ideas, perhaps we could meet sometime in
(The Rev. J.W. Welch)
Miss Enid Blyton,
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22 October 1942
Three years after he wrote this letter, the Rev JW Welch led the BBC's VE Day thanksgiving service. The service was held at Cardington RAF station on VE day itself, with a congregation of 1,000 men and women from all three services and millions more listening to the broadcast over the airwaves.
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