TO REMEMBER LEST WE FORGET
It’s been some years since I attended our local Service of Remembrance at Horsforth Cenotaph and things have moved on quite considerably.
Nick Lattimer, Curate of St James, Woodside leads the prayers
In addition to the much larger crowd than in former years congregating where Fink Hill joins the A6120, the Leeds Outer Ring Road, a number of local projects and further research have resulted in or benefitted from Heritage Lottery Funding. Namely, two new plaques displaying the names of a further 43 men from Horsforth who lost their lives in the First World War and who were missing from the original list were unveiled today and appeals have been made, and permission granted, for the memorial to be lit up at night and for replacement railings to be installed. The present railings are not original (these were removed during WWII) and have not aged well.
One of the new plaques unveiled today by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen
Assembling just before 11am today
Another lovely feature of the programme today was local schoolboy 16 year old Ethan Wright who was presented with a cup to honour his hard work, along with other school mates, in promoting and raising money towards the Memorial projects which included sponsored swims, performance of a school drama The Pals and other fund raising efforts.
Ethan with other Remembrance Service Participants
The Kohima Epitaph :
“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.”
John Maxwell Edmonds (1875-1958)
Last weekend I rounded off my two-and-a-half weeks in the Southwest in Bath. This was to share further birthday celebrations with my friend, Ann, and the combination of Bath and a Landmark Trust property is an excellent way to do this. Ten years ago I helped my mum celebrate her eightieth birthday in another Bath Landmark.
On Friday I’ll have been in the southwest for two weeks enjoying stays in favourite places : Lyme Regis, Ashburton and now Chagford. One of Sir Edwin Lutyens‘s masterpieces Castle Drogo is just a few miles away from our cottage and I decided to revisit on this glorious autumn dayVisitor Centre at Castle Drogo
To break my journey down to the southwest I decided to call at Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire for a few hours. I began my visit with lunch in the Servants’ Hall and spent the rest of my time in the splendid gardens.
Back in June I received notification of this locally organised trip and, October being a pretty ‘clear’ month, I decided to book the day out. In the end it came hot on the heels of the Edinburgh 48 hour ‘day out’.
“Autumn Visit to the Galleries of Manchester.
Wednesday 12th October 2016
Manchester, or “Cottonopolis” was one of the great cities of Victorian England. That wealth is reflected to-day in the magnificent art collections housed in the city galleries.
It was meant to be a quiet, stay-at-home, reading-in-the-boudoir week (most of October, in fact) but irresistible opportunities for travel turned up and I resisted none of them!
When friends asked if I would a share a day with them in Edinburgh I leapt at the chance. It’s possible to do the trip in a day from Leeds. I’ve done it before. I spent one Saturday in August six years ago at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is just confined to the limits of Charlotte Square.
Charlotte Square in Autumn
There are countless pretty villages and cottages in Surrey but Hambledon and the National Trust preserved Oakhurst Cottage take some beating. Initially, I saw the place on one of my first visits to Surrey last January and I made a mental note to book a tour in the summer.