The Bach Centre's founder, Edward Bach, only lived in the village for a couple of years. He arrived in 1934, renting "Mount Vernon" in Bakers Lane. He also worked and stayed part of the time in "Wellsprings", just around the corner. He died in 1936 and was buried in the churchyard of St James's.
All this was a long time ago, and we tend to assume that we don't have anything new to learn about his life - at least, not from people who actually met or saw him. But every so often something turns up.
A lady called Carmen Monari is our education contact in Brazil. Most years she comes to the UK and drops in to see us as well as spending some time around Betws-y-Coed in Wales, which Dr Bach visited several times after leaving London in 1930. A few years ago, Carmen was interviewed by one of the local papers in Wales, and she used the opportunity to ask readers who might have met Dr Bach to come forward. For a long time there was no response. But Carmen popped into the Centre earlier this summer on her way back to Brazil and told us that somebody had finally contacted the paper.
The reader's story was that she remembered her parents asking for Dr Bach's advice when she was about 8 or 9, and very ill. Dr Bach examined her and confirmed what her other doctors had said, that all that could be done was being done. But he could, he said, do one further thing: and he suggested one of his remedies, Scleranthus, saying it might help her make up her mind to get better. We assume the Scleranthus helped - whether or not it did, the lady telling the story made a full recovery and turned 90 this year.
Hearing this story set us wondering if anybody now in the village - or once in the village - has any stories about Dr Bach or any memories they can share about the Bach Centre in the past. We'd be interested to hear them! For example, Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen, Dr Bach's friends and assistants, kept the Centre going almost single-handedly during the 1940s and 1950s. We know Nora had a small car and was a bit of a menace in the narrow lanes... stories of close encounters with her would be welcome.
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