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  • Urgent Appeal

    You are probably aware now that Colin Todd, co-founder of The A.K. Chesterton Trust, is at present on remand in prison facing a charge of ABH.

    Those of you who follow us know what an incredibly difficult few years Mr Todd has had.

    There is now an urgent need of money to store his personal effects, for many other expenses, and to support him on his release.

    Donations can be sent via Paypal to akctrust@yahoo.co.uk or by cheque, payable to Colin Todd, sent to 'The A.K. Chesterton Trust, BM Candour, London, WC1N 3XX'.

    Our website shop remains open for business. Our journal, Candour, will continue in due course.

    Let us see the journey through together.

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  • Colin Todd - An Update and An Apology.

    "On 31st December 2018, I was remanded in custody by a Portsmouth Magistrates Court. Yes, New Year's Eve.

    First day of 2019 in prison charged with 'Actual Bodily Harm' (further charges possible). I shall of course be pleading not guilty at my upcoming trial.

    At its base, I am accused of using "excessive force" to defend myself while "in fear of my life" against a man armed with a knife. Any more information will have to wait until after the trial. This is NOT in any way political and I am furious that my life is being further damaged by this. Believe me, a day wasted at 56 [Colin is 57 on 31st March] feels a lot worse than one wasted at 26.

    My most sincere apologies for misleading all of you with the "ill health" message on our website. This was only intended as a 'stop-gap'. Last year when we said the same, I had a double fracture of the pelvis. I do not want to be remembered as the "boy who cried wolf".

    I just hope to put all of this to one side as soon as possible and get back to the "real world" (God help me!)

    Thank you to all those of you who have remembered me in their prayers, and by cards and letters.

    Let's keep going folks.

    Colin Todd"

    [Another update will follow soon. Rob Black]

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  • Colin Todd

    A few people have asked where Colin is, and how he is.

    He is better, but out of commission for now.

    Keep an eye on this website for updates.

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  • Website Shop

    The Candour on-line bookshop is back in action!

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  • Candour is taking a break

    Dear All,

    We had just about finished a new issue of Candour, but editor Colin Todd has been taken ill, and is trying to recuperate. We will update you here when the position becomes clearer.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rob Black

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  • A Happy Christmas to all from Candour & The A.K. Chesterton Trust

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  • Give Us Men

    This one is aimed at our disgusting members of paliament:

    "GOD, give us men! A time like this demands

    Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;

    Men whom the lust of office does not kill;

    Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;

    Men who possess opinions and a will;

    Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

    Men who can stand before a demagogue

    And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!

    Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog

    In public duty, and in private thinking;

    For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,

    Their large professions and their little deeds,

    Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,

    Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps"

    Josiah Gilbert Holland

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  • Colin Todd with a comrade in London, 11th November 2018.

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  • Remembrance Day

    We will remember them.

    1918 to 2018... 100 years of remembrance.

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  • 100 years ago on this day, A.K. Chesterton won the Military Cross.

    100 years ago, on this day A.K. Chesterton, a second lieutenant serving with the London Regiment, won the Military Cross.

    A.K. had originally joined the army underage in 1915, and had served with the 5th South African Infantry in the hellish campaign in German East Africa. Invalided out in 1917 through malaria and dysentery, his parents told the army he was still only seventeen and secured his discharge. Despite this, he was still keen to serve and he persuaded his parents to send him to England to train as an officer.

    After duly training in Ireland, he arrived in France. His Military Cross was awarded during operations against the German fortifications of the Hindenberg Line.

    The citation reads:

    "For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Peizieres September 18th, 1918. He led his platoon in a most determined manner and succeeded in reaching his final objective, despite having hostile machine-gun fire against him. During the operations east of Peizieres on September 19th, he organised bombing attack after bombing attack continually from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. against the enemy who were in Poplar trench. He personally led bombing parties and finally succeeded in capturing Poplar trench killing the machine-gun detachments that barred his way. During the whole of the period in question he displayed fine courage and set a splendid example to his men."

    In 1955, A.K. recorded some memories of the affair in Candour:

    "One of my last memories of the Western Front was the attainment of an objective - on the high ground beyond Epehy - which entailed our treading the final twenty yards or so without once touching the ground. The carpet was provided by the dead bodies of men of the German Alpine Corps. They were young who died, and we whose path was across them were also young. Too young not to have re-lived that grim progress, and others of a like mind, in many a nightmare for many and many a year."

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