Posted by Gari on July 30, 2005
In Reply to: Dim as a Toc-h Lamp posted by JohnC on December 19, 2003 and replied to by Lesley in 2004
The Toc H used to have a dim yellow Alladin's lamp as its emblem. The lamp is there but it became a stronger blue now. In the centre of the webpage, it is still a bit dim though.
The expression is for dimwittedness, slow on the uptake and comes from "Not a bright light".
The noble efforts of the Toc H was to afford activities and get togethers for those who found and find this useful. In times of stress and need such as WWII, it was frequented by servicemen too.
It is a Christian charity and not unlike the "SallyAlley" (Salvation Army)
From http://www.toch.org.uk/index.htm :
A statement of aims. Originally drawn up by Tubby Clayton, the Rev 'Dick' Sheppard of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Alexander (later Sir Alexander) Patterson early in 1920. It was revised in 1936 and again in 1967.
TOC H is committed to building a fairer society by working with communities to promote friendship and service, confront prejudice and practise reconciliation.