James has written his own 'Reflections' on his time at Caldecott. The full transcript can be found HERE.

For most of these years James was a Director of Caldecott, having been chosen by Leila Rendel as her successor. The following extract is from his 'Reflections' and works well as an introduction:-

I had travelled 6,000 miles with my family to take up an appointment at the Caldecott Community. The year was 1961. Apart from an unrelated degree and a desire to work with children, my only real qualification was that I was a father. My wife, who was an SRN, and therefore more qualified, and my two very young children were part of this venture into looking after children residentially. I had given up a post in South America, where I had been sent by a large British company. The main object of that enterprise was to make huge profits for one of the wealthiest families in the United Kingdom. This we did successfully, but working in Commerce in those days involved spying on competitors, wriggling endlessly to avoid paying legitimate taxes and not trusting anyone, not even myself, with anything approaching the truth. I was therefore amazed at the strange Community which I now joined.

Now, nearly 60 years later, a short while after his funeral in June 2017, his family, friends and ex-Caldecott members met at Wye Church and Caldecott House, Smeeth, to celebrate his life. A recording of some of this event has kindly been donated to the Caldecott Archives by his family and can be heard here (approx 67 mins).