Vicar Gets Handwritten Note After Neighbor Jokingly Admits 'Stalking' Him

A vicar has shared a letter he received from a new neighbor and seemingly has restored faith in the kindness of people online.

Reverend Richard Coles—who found fame in the U.K. for his previous career as a musician with the 1980s synthpop group Communards along with appearances on multiple popular TV shows—took to Twitter to share the wholesome letter.

After moving to a new village in Sussex to enjoy his retirement, Coles was greeted with an act of kindness that proves that "decent people do exist."

The retired vicar had been sharing with his 400,000 Twitter followers that his oven had "exploded," in a series of tweets the day prior.

Upon hearing of the ongoing issue, his new neighbors named Simon and Emma took to offering space in their very own oven or a home-cooked meal instead.

"Dear Revo, Welcome to the village! Without wishing to sound like Twitter stalkers, we heard that your oven was on the blink," prefaced the neighbors in the letter shared by Coles via Twitter.

"We're a minute away down the hill if you need to borrow oven space, or we could spare you a portion of chili-non-carne this evening!" offered the neighbors in a gesture of goodwill.

Coles left his hometown village in rural Northamptonshire just last month after more than 11 years in the role. The kindness that has appeared to move on with him is something exclusive to all rural areas, research shows.

According to a U.K. based YouGov poll in 2018, 39 percent of people living in the countryside consider their neighbors to be good friends, and 51 percent said they know all of their closest neighbors. Those living in cities however felt differently, with just 32 percent saying the same.

From those close to those far, people on social media were also struck by the letter to Coles and the gesture of kindness.

"Random acts of kindness and community spirit! Love it!" tweeted one user.

"Sometimes Twitter is the best," added another.

"Still a lot of decent people around," noted one user.

Newsweek has contacted representatives for Coles for comment.

Just last month, a neighbor in the U.S. similarly gained attention online for a heartwarming letter thanking his neighbors for giving him the motivation to restart life in the form of their pets.

The receiving neighbor shared the letter on Reddit, posting an image of the letter that read in part: "As you know, I'm an old man. You don't see me outside often anymore, as these joints aren't as lively as they used to be. To add to that, two years ago in the midst of the pandemic, my dad got diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. After his death I was left alone in my home, I don't have a wife or kids. I could go to sleep one day and never wake up again. Every day is spent just sitting around and wondering what I have done for this world.

The letter continued to explain how pet-sitting has been meaningful for him: "Every 10 minutes whenever I felt sad for a second, they would bark or rub against my leg and make me laugh.

"It didn't just bring back pet interaction, I also met other people, started talking, and made friends with a handful of fellow human beings. I was very happy to finally be able to talk with friends again, interact with others, and feel like I'm part of the human race."

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