The charity Toc H – which I have been part of for over 25 years – has its roots in Talbot House, a World War One soldiers’ club in Belgium. In December 2015 it will be 100 years since that club first opened its doors. In November 1919 the ideals and ethos of that club were continued in peacetime with the formation of the charity. To celebrate these centenaries it is my intention to publish – between December 2015 and November 2019 – a series of essays about the work of Toc H . At the risk of setting myself a challenge I cannot rise up to, I plan to publish the essays quarterly from December 2015. Each essay will explore an element of Toc H’s rich and vibrant history.