The banner has the colour embroidered East Ham Coat of Arms and Toch H East Ham in gold on a black floral background with a gold and black fringe.
Toc H is an international movement instigated by the Reverend Philip Thomas Byard (Tubby) Clayton as a way to perpetuate the Fellowship developed in Talbot House, a soldiers' club run by him in Poperinge, Belgium from 1915-1918. It is from the contemporary military phonetic alphabet for TH (Talbot House) that Toc H takes its unique name.
Toc H members seek to ease the burdens of others through acts of service. They also promote reconciliation and work to bring disparate sections of society together. Many members belong to branches which may organise such localised activities as hospital visits or entertainment for the residents of care homes. Other members may act individually to carry out some form of service which could be as simple as getting a neighbour's shopping or visiting someone who is housebound. A few more formally organised projects such as residential holidays for special groups still take place. Historically the Toc H movement has been responsible for starting or collaborating in some of the most innovative forms of social service.
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