—a girl on whom I had a crush, March–April 1969.
Sunday 16th March 1969:
…G[ospel] S[ervice]: …Glenda [was] there with [a] short skirt. …Walked with Mrs. Wood & Audrey. Audrey told ME: “Glenda had demons. E[lsie] W[rigglesworth] cast them out.” Conversation followed. [I] said something about Ian & Glenda. She said, “It’s all right, he’s not going out with her.” “I’m not interested,” I said. She said, “Good.” (WHY?) At their house… Ken said, “Why don’t you bring [a] gorgeous girl, [and] make her jealous?” “What, jealous of HIM?” Audrey said. How changed she is! She used to love me; now, how hard, how indifferent! She doesn’t have a care about anyone’s feelings.…Saturday 22nd March 1969:
…Even[ing]: [I went to the church] meeting… [I] looked at Glenda afterwards. I wouldn’t mind having her as my girlfriend.… (My dad told me more about Glenda, aft[ernoon], how he and E[lsie] W[rigglesworth] prayed for her, how her snake charm moved when she (Gl[enda]) exorcised the room & hissed when thrown on [the] fire.)…Sunday 23rd March 1969:
…G[ospel] S[service]: …Glenda [was] baptised in [the] H[oly] Sp[irit]. She was overjoyed, how nice to see her so happy!…Monday 31st March 1969:
…Even[ing]: Went [to] B[lack]pool Vic[toria Hospital for a Christian] meeting. Dave Smith[,who had been my Religious Instruction teacher at Fleetwood Grammar School up to last year, spoke]: “Jesus, the Son of God.” Interesting.… (Going up to Vic[toria Hospital], [I] sat next to Glenda in Dave’s van.)Tuesday 1st April 1969:
…Even[ing]: [I went to the] Bible Study [at church], Pastor [spoke].… Talked with Andrea [and] Trev[or]. Also [I had] a few words with Glenda.…Wednesday 2nd April 1969:
…Even[ing]: [I] went [to the] Church. [I] lumped concrete slabs about, dug up bushes, carried furniture. Talked with Gerald: He said how he had walked with Glenda, and Peter G[ooding] picked her up in [his] car—took her home. “She, being confused, doesn’t want [a] boyfriend,” he said.…Friday 4th April 1969 (Good Friday):
Bob picked me up [at] 11.00[am]. [We] met others at Preston, after some delay & confusion. Again [we] met on [the] Motorway, and in Wales. [We] arrived at [our destination, a] farm, where [we] pitched camp. Beautiful scenery round about—thoughts: “Golden Country” “I am going to enjoy this holiday.”Saturday 5th April 1969:
Morn[ing]: [We] went [to] Wrexham—shopping. [We had] dinner at Mike’s pub.
Aft[ernoon]: Open air [evangelistic meeting]s. In one place a gang of youths were preached at. A café proprietress started trouble—[the] police moved us on. Then we saw SALVATION ARMY people marching—we greeted them. [We had] prayer in [the] parish churchyard. [There was an] incident with [the] verger, etc. Ian spoke forcibly to them. [We had] tea in [a] café at Wrexham. After this [we] went to a Young People’s Outreach, with [a] loud, beaty group. Glenda spoke to me, [and we] shared pop. I sat with her in a prayer meeting. She and I enjoyed [the] group, but we agreed it was useless for preaching [the] G[ospel]. Peter said it had [the] spirit of antichrist.Sunday 6th April 1969 (Easter Sunday):
[At] 6am, we talked. [We] woke up Glenda’s tent; she called us “pigs”, and she woke the whole camp.
Morn[ing]: Church—open meeting. Aft[ernoon]: [I was] back at camp. Some stayed for S[unday] S[chool]. Even[ing]: [The church] meeting [was] taken by us. I testified, incompetently. Ian spoke. Ken Wood [was] filled with [the] H[oly] Sp[irit]. Everyone [was] v[ery] joyful in the Lord. But I was left flat. So I became v[ery] depressed this evening. [It was a] v[ery] cold day—I shivered round [the] camp fire. [I] slept well[, though].Monday 7th April 1969:
Morn[ing]: [We were] packing up, etc. Aft[ernoon]: We went on [a] hike—
—through beautiful country, up a hill. The group divided, we going down a valley. Glenda & Jean joined us. [I] took pictures of Glenda & horses. [I] held her hand & “helped” her over a muddy part. She looked v[ery] attractive in what she wore.
Back at [the] camp—[we] saw [a] bull being ringed. Then [we were off] home—in David’s van. [We got] held up in [a] traffic jam. [I] got mad when I had to wait in [a] queue at [a] motorway café—it was a laugh all round. I have a crush on Glenda. I want to go out with her. Maybe the Lord will be gracious & make everything turn out right, that I might have her. He might give me her as my “helper fit for” me.Tuesday 8th April 1969:
…Even[ing]: Bible Study, Pastor: “The Word of God.” Glenda came in late with Susan, her friend. [I] talked to [the] young girls [afterwards], incl[uding] Margaret: “Glenda fancies someone” [she told me.] But she wouldn’t give names. [I] said a few words with Glenda. Today I decided to ask her out with me, but seeing her I felt no encouragement to do so. [I] felt a bit downcast—she has no interest. [I] went [to the] Woods’ [house]. Mrs. Wood called her “a witch”. [I] told her how Glenda was upset [be]cause of people thinking that. Then Audrey came.… Walking for [the] bus [I] prayed, realising that I was preoccupied with these girls and not with the Lord. Seeing Audrey I thought I only love her memory but for her as she is I have no affection.Thursday 10th April 1969:
…Even[ing]: [I] went [to the] Prayer Meeting.… Glenda & Susan, her friend who came on Tuesday, left immediately afterwards. [I] went [to the] Woods’.… Later Audrey came, [and] said how Susan & her Black Charm [were] exerting an influence on Glenda. Mrs. Wood says Glenda’s not right—“something in her eyes.”…Sunday 13th April 1969:
…Even[ing]: G[ospel] S[ervice]… Glenda asked me if [the] photos had come. I was going to ask her out, but she went off in Pete’s car.…A note for today also says:
Susan walked out of church on this day. Apparently Glenda made a break with her then. Thus any chance of her being influenced by her is nullified this day.Saturday 19th April 1969:
…Even[ing]: Meeting. [I] showed everyone my slides [of the trip to Wales]. Good testimonies. Glenda [was] not there ∴ [I felt] disappointed. [It was] announced from [the] front: she’s ill at home.…Sunday 20th April 1969:
…G[ospel] S[ervice]:… Then [we went to] Glenda’s. [I] showed her [the] slides. Ian, Peter [and] Jill [were] with me. Then [we went to] Ian’s.… Ca. 2.00am Mr. Makinson [Ian’s father] gave us [a] lift home.…Sunday 27th April 1969:
…G[ospel] S[ervice]… [Afterwards I] talked with Andrea & other girls. Finally [I] got Glenda on her own as all left church. [I] asked [her]: “Will you go out with me?” She said, “No.” She said it’s nothing against me, she just doesn’t want [a] boyfriend. “Once bitten, twice shy,” she said. I said, “I won’t bite.” She says she’s never getting married, never wants children. [She] says there’s something (unclean) about courtship, etc. [She] wants to go [to] work in Russia. She said, “Thank you for asking me”, a most unexpected and v[ery] pleasant thing to say.…Saturday 3rd May 1969:
…Meeting… [I] went [in the church’s] coffee bar.… Susan came in, then, horror! Glenda [was] with her—both wearing black. I said a few words to her. Is she a child of God—or of Belial?… This shocked us all. David was clearly shaken.…Sunday 18th May 1969:
…G[ospel] S[ervice]… [I] gave prints to Glenda [and] spoke with her.…Sunday 9th November 1969:
…G[ospel] S[ervice]… My heart gave a beat as Glenda walked in, she is quite good looking.…
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