On 13 August the Church celebrates the life of two very significant people. Florence Nightingale and Octavia Hill. Born in 1820 and 1838 both are celebrated for their inspiration and passionate wish to help the lives of others. Florence, as a nurse, was so moved by the nursing conditions of the soldiers wounded during the Crimean War that she created a nursing school at St Thomas’s Hospital. Octavia, as a teacher, became increasingly aware of the slums and living conditions of some of her pupils’ families, so borrowed money to buy the first property in which she was able to create some more suitable living conditions and homes, and so began a much respected housing association. Florence and Octavia are remembered for their faith, humility and dedication to people and places – some of which are quite near here!