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Decision Making

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Castle Coop News | 0 comments

Decision Making

Decision Making

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmm…

Too orange

 

 

Certainly not!

 

Too dull...

 

 

 

Not quite what I had in mind…

 

Too clompy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps if I just shuffle…

Too big

 

 

 

Hurrah!

 

Perfection! yours decisively,

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Captain Frank G. Harvey

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Castle Coop News, World War 1 Centenary | 2 comments

Captain Frank G. Harvey

Captain Frank G. Harvey

In memoriam Bede College, A Co, 8th Battalion DLI…

Part 3

(click here for Part 1 and Part 2)

 

 

Just before WLS and his friends, Tutty and Bob H. posed for this photograph at the Army Training Camp in Conway, whilst on their Senior Year summer vacation,

WW1 army training camp group. 1914

 

 

Bede College, Durham, had bidden farewell to a long-serving member of the Senior Faculty, Captain Frank G. Harvey.

Harvey was a much admired member of the Bede staff, and greatly respected by the students. When interviewed by Harry Moses in the 1980s, WLS spoke of him with much affection, saying with enthusiastic emphasis,

“…oh, he was a great fellow!’

A Warm Tribute:

The Bede strapline

 

 

 

 

 

The frontpage of this June 1914 edition of the Bede College magazine, features a warm tribute to Mr Harvey who was leaving Bede after 14 years to study for a BA at Cambridge.

The Bede tribute to Mr. Harvey

 

 

Just 2 months before the outbreak of WW1, Capt. Harvey thought he was going up to Cambridge University in October 1914. He had no idea that his immediate future would actually lie far away from Cambridge’s academic cloisters,  commanding his former students in Front line trenches.

 

 

Captain Frank G Harvey – a brief biography:

Frank G. Harvey joined the Bede Staff in 1900, straight from Peterborough Training College. His appointment was as Arts Tutor and Assistant Master in the Model School. In 1902, there is a Sgt. F.G. Harvey in the Bede Company (then part of the 4th Volunteer Battalion D.L.I., later 8 Bn. DLI in 1908). He was a keen tennis player, coach of boats and President of the College soccer club. In 1904, Frank Harvey was appointed the headmaster of Gilesgate Council School in Durham and trainee teachers from Bede (including WLS) used to hone their classroom skills there.

 As all fit students were expected to join the Bede Company on starting college, WLS and his best friends amongst the Junior Year of 1913, Tutty and Bob H  knew Harvey (who had been promoted to Captain in 1909) very well.

Captain Harvey commanded ‘B’ Company (the Bede Lads) until the Territorial units were re-organised shortly after the commencement of the First World War, to reflect the organisation of the regular battalions i.e four companies per Battalion and not eight. When the Durham City Platoons merged with the Bede Company to form the new ‘A’ Company, it was commanded by Frank Harvey.

Thus it was their well-loved Captain Harvey who led the Bede Lads, (including WLS, Tutty and Bob H ) off to fight in WW1.

Wounded in the hip and hand at Gravenstafel in 1915, Captain Harvey was sent back to England then returned to France in 1916 and promoted Major.

A Distinguished Post-war Career:

Frank Harvey finally made it to Cambridge. After WW1 ended, he went to Queen’s College, where he took a degree in History at the age of 42.

He joined the Army Education Corps as a Captain in 1921 and was posted to India.

In 1926 he was appointed M.B.E. In 1928, he was promoted Major. In 1931 he was with London District as Command Education Officer and was presented to King George V. He retired in 1937.

 (All information courtesy of Harry Moses)
It must have been extremely comforting for WLS, Tutty and Bob H, who after all were only just out of their teens when they were suddenly all caught up in WW1, to have the steadying knowledge that they were to be under the command of an extremely fine man whom they already knew, liked and respected.

Yours ever,

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(click here for Part 1 and Part 2)

WW1 Centenary Information Correspondent: The Agent is passionate about barbecues and Manchester Utd. Football Team; he has just returned from a trip to Ypres where he has been researching WLS’s WW1 experiences and is helping to co-ordinate Castle Coop’s WW1 Commemorations.
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#FridayFitness: The Toe-touch

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Castle Coop News, Health & Fitness Efforts | 2 comments

#FridayFitness: The Toe-touch

Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:

 

 

Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is the Toe-touch

 

The toe-touch:

According to our fitness instructor, exercising to improve flexibility is just as important as doing cardio or strength exercises.  Toe-touches can help improve your flexibility, stretching your shoulders, back and leg muscles, especially the hamstrings.

Toe-touches are multi-tasking! They work multiple muscle groups in addition to offering flexibility and stretching benefits. Having flexibility in your muscles allows for more movement around the joints and that means:

  • Better posture – no more walking around with a book on your head!
  • Less muscle tension and soreness – save money formerly spent spray-on pain relief!
  • Reduced risk of injury – hmmm… that’s what I was told about the squat
  • More relaxation for the mind and body- perhaps I could toe-touch while lying on the sofa? Hurrah!

Toe-touching exercises are a basic calisthenic form of exercise that provides a number of benefits. This exercise can be performed while standing up or lying down on the floor, and it works multiple muscle groups in addition to offering flexibility and stretching benefits. Toe-touches are also an effective cool down after a cardiovascular workout.

Source: www. livestrong.com

Toe-touching methods:

I have discovered that whether standing up or lying down, there are two more ways in which toe-touching can be performed which exercise manuals and instructors don’t really cover.

Method 1. (recommended):

The most gratifying way to perform the toe-touch is to do it in theory:

In my imagination I am extremely flexible (and graceful). I think nothing of touching my toes while executing the splits and can remain in this position whilst reciting the alphabet backwards.

In theory, I am a skilled practitioner of the toe-touch.

The toe-touch (in theory)

 

 Method 2. (not recommended):

In my experience, the least rewarding way to perform the toe-touch is to do it in practice:

 

In reality, my waist doesn’t seem to work as a fulcrum upon which to pivot. This design flaw means my arms are simply too short for flexibility exercises such as toe-touches.

In practice, I have to confess there is a depressing amount of scope for improvement.

The toe-touch (in practice)

Yours inflexibly,

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#FridayFitness: the Squat

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Castle Coop News, Health & Fitness Efforts | 0 comments

#FridayFitness: the Squat

 

 

 

 

Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:

 

 

Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is The Squat.

 

The Squat:

The squat trains the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps, hamstrings, as well as strengthening all sorts of other bits of the body such as bones and ligaments. Squats are considered a vital exercise for developing core strength and are supposed to be a thoroughly good thing. 

The squat improves the metabolism and the cardiovascular system and a 2013 review concluded that deep squats performed with proper technique are an effective exercise. To add intensity, one simply adds weights.  I gather that because squats build strength, they decrease the risk of  sustaining an injury in every-day life. Hurrah!

The Squat (to prevent injury)

 

Yours wondering if the open-toed shoe is a practical look in early March,

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#FridayFitness: the Press-up

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Castle Coop News, Health & Fitness Efforts | 0 comments

#FridayFitness: the Press-up

 

 

 

Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:

 

 

 

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better.

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

(Source:  Mayo Clinic )

The Press-up:

Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is the Press-up which is designed to build muscle strength and boost endurance. Apparently of all the exercises one can do, the press-up is one of the most effective: should you wish to improve your  pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and triceps, there is nothing that tops it. Those who are skilled at performing press-ups can further improve themselves with a brisk rendition of the Military Press-up.

To do regular pushups, you bend your arms and lower your chest until it breaks the plane of your elbows. Military pushups require a full range of motion: Marines must touch their chests to the floor for every pushup.

Source: www.ehow.com

To enjoy the many benefits of the Press-up however, you may be glad to know that you don’t need to be a Marine or even to join the Army.

 

 The Press-up

 

 

Yours imagining Samson could probably execute a mean press-up before horrid Delilah went & cut off his hair,

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A Cautionary Tale

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Castle Coop News, Cautionary Tales | 12 comments

A Cautionary Tale

A Cautionary Tale

 

Just in case any of you are thinking of Spring Cleaning in the near future, I thought I should post this cautionary tale so that you may take an informed decision as to whether or not it’s a good idea…

 

What happens when Martha Stewart cleans her windows:

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Caveat Emptor!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Castle Coop News | 2 comments

Caveat Emptor!

Brown Owl’s Rallying Cry – Caveat Emptor!

 

 

 

Good gracious! Look who I have just found in my inbox!

Brown Owl and Ld. Kitchener

 

Lord K has been roped in to spearhead a firm email from Brown Owl. Determined not to let any grass grow under our feet, she is clearly wasting no time in mustering the support of The Big Guns.

 

OPEN IMMEDIATELY: THIS EMAIL MEANS BUSINESS!

To ALL Upper, Lower & Castle Coopians,

With the General Election seemingly in full swing, albeit still many weeks away, I have asked our local candidate for the constituency of which we form a part, to join us in Castle Coop Village Hall at 7pm to listen to me make a short address.

I shall inform our local candidate that the District Council is currently basing its Local Plan on the assumption that over 7,000 new homes will need to be built in the area. I shall then ask our local candidate to mingle with us with us so that we can all discuss before the election everything that makes this constituency tick, what the big issues are and how we should like to be represented. 


 Please turn out in force.

Ensure our local candidate understands what The Coops stand for.

 

The doors will open at 6.30pm  There will be a cash bar and the Brownies will be handing round refreshments so that they may earn points for their Hostess, Community Spirit and Civic Duty Badges.

Carpe Diem!

Ad Astra per Aspera!

Caveat Emptor!

Rally to the cause!

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Caveat emptor? Is Brown Owl getting a little carried away?

Yours, hoping that no disasters (such as nearly happened to the Agent’s birthday raspberry tartlet) occur to the Brownies’ refreshments,

Martha eyeing up fruit tartlet

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Not in Castle Coop’s Back Yard!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Castle Coop News | 2 comments

Not in Castle Coop’s Back Yard!

 

 

 

Not in Castle Coop’s Back Yard!

 

 

 

 

 

This morning, just when I was in the middle of rescuing a pillowcase while busy sorting the laundry, the door bell rang.

 

inside the duvet cover

I was hoping it would be dear Lady Egality coming round for a cup of coffee. The Agent and I have been bemoaning the loss of our raspberry canes which have given up the ghost and she very kindly said she had some spares. Having struggled out of the inside of a duvet cover to open the door, I found it wasn’t Lady E after all; it was Brown Owl. She immediately  informed me I looked exactly like a birch broom having a fit backwards.

7,000 proposed new homes – help!

Brown Owl is spearheading Castle Coop’s campaign to oppose a threat posed by the District Council. The D.C. is currently basing its Local Plan on the assumption that over 7,000 new homes will need to be built in the area. We are all horrified. 

  • The schools are full to capacity.
  • The surgeries are full.
  • The hospital is already too busy.
  • The High Street has no room for extra shops and parking.
  • The commuter trains are jam-packed.

None of us can imagine how all the families who are to live in the 7,000 new homes can possibly be absorbed; with the best will in the world, there isn’t enough room!

 

Both the Agent & I will rally to the cause immediately.

canvassing support against planning proposals

Brown Owl gave me a strongly worded pamphlet called The Not In Castle Coop’s Back Yard Campaign which we are all very impressed by.

Yours extremely glad that Castle Coop has a resident force to be reckoned with  –  although I could do without personal remarks about birch brooms

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Burns Night at The Ox and Moose!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Castle Coop News | 0 comments

Burns Night at The Ox and Moose!

Burns Night at The Ox and Moose!

 

 

The Ox and Moose is celebrating Burns Night tonight.

 

Burns Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Plym is to pipe in The Haggis. He will look absolutely splendid!

Piping in The Haggis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colonel Pyncheon has been roped in to ‘address The Haggis’. The Agent and Sir Burford Brown have promised us all that they will heckle him during the recitation which is awfully mean as getting through eight verses of stuff like

…Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,

And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her grateful‘ prayer
Gie her a haggis!To a Haggis

 

with a straight face will be quite hard enough without them being a distracting presence at the back.

Yours knowing in advance that I won’t be ordering haggis,

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RIP Foyle’s War

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Castle Coop News, The International Friday Night Foyle's War Club | 0 comments

RIP Foyle’s War

 

RIP Foyle’s War

 

Despite 1) Lady Sebright’s sound advice that we should celebrate the pleasure that Foyle’s War has given the Friday Night Club rather than mourn its demise and 2) the absolutely delicious festive fizz which Colonel Pyncheon kindly opened for us to sip while watching ‘Elise’ the final episode of Foyle’s War,  I can’t help feeling sad. Tonight as the closing credits went up on the screen, I felt they were marking the end of a most convivial era.

 

 Valedictions:

 

One of the best ever  youtube clips – actually I could put this on a permanent loop; I’ll never get tired of it: www.youtube.com

The Globetrotting Guitarist: The End of an Era

Telegraph: Is this really goodbye?

ITV.com: Final Foyle’s War episode

Digital spy: Foyle’s War to end

What’s on tv.com: Last episode of Foyle’s War

& for a great last look at Foyle walking out of our lives for ever…  British Detectives

 

Message to all Actual and Virtual Members:

As Secretary to The International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club, it is my sad duty to inform you all that owing to the unhappy fact that Foyle’s War is officially a defunct series, our happy meetings are now at an end.

On behalf of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Committee, I should like to take the opportunity of thanking each of you for many happy meetings and your supportive and interesting comments. Here from the sofa in Castle Coop, we have greatly enjoyed watching:

  • DCS Christopher Foyle’s sleuthing, hat-wearing and general total fabness skills,
  • Sergeant Milner’s unflappable stoicism at (almost) all times
  • Sam Stewart’s terrific stiff-upper-lip at all times (presumably honed on the hockey pitch), cut-glass-vowels & unbounding enthusiasm in the face of every sort of looming disaster.

Being able to share our enjoyment not only with each other but with all the Virtual Members of the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club has made our meetings the icing on the end of the week cake for me!

 

I should like to invite you to join The Graf (Chairman), Lady Egality (Treasurer), Lady Sebright, Colonel Pyncheon and me in raising a glass to all those involved in the making of every episode in the 9 series which have given us such pleasure.

With the Foyle’s War photograph placed in position for the last time,

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(photo source: www.foyleswar.com )

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you,

 

The Hat!

 

 

Yours with the ‘Michael Kitchen strumming the Foyle’s War theme’ clip playing us out (& I’ve turned the volume right up high),

Signature The Graf grey

 

 

 

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Lady Sebright

 

 

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P.S. I have received a revivifying suggestion from Miss Peppermint who writes,

Why not start a re-run club? It’s always better the second time around…

HURRAH!

What a stroke of genius! OR…perhaps we should think of a new series for us to watch?

If you have any ideas, please let me know. The Friday Night Club could rise from the ashes like the Phoenix…!

 

 

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Foyle’s War: Elise

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Castle Coop News, The International Friday Night Foyle's War Club | 4 comments

Foyle’s War: Elise

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Elise!

 

 

 

 

 

Club notes: Tonight The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching the very last episode in the ‘Foyle’s War, Although actually it was shown on ITV last Sunday, we taped it so that we could hold one last Friday night session.

 

 

Tonight therefore marks the permanent suspension of our International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club.

Club Minutes:

Apologies: Digby D. Digby D came over from America to attend the last meeting in person. Unfortunately unforeseen circumstances have intervened which will prevent him from attending tonight as planned. Instead, he  watched the last episode as it aired last Sunday with The Agent. Bearing in mind his consistent support for the Club whilst a Virtual Member, and his much appreciated gesture of flying over to join us all in Castle Coop for the final episode (even though we are to be denied the pleasure of his company tonight), the Committee are pleased to grant him Actual Member status in absentia.

Foyle's War Club Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otherwise we are to be a Full House!

Attendees: (Actual): Lady Egality (Club Treasurer), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright, Colonel  Pyncheon. Incredibly, given the pathos of the occasion, The Agent and Sir Plym have elected to spend tonight at The Ox and Moose. Lady Egality reported that Sir P, like Digby D and The Agent, watched the episode last Sunday.

Venue:  Castle Coop.

Announcements:

1. As we shall be watching the last episode of the Foyle’s War, the Committee considered whether or not black armbands would be appropriate. Lady Sebright pointed out that since the series has given us all so many hours of pleasure and interest, a celebratory atmosphere would be far more fitting than a funereal one and we were all delighted to concur. To this end, Colonel Pyncheon will be pouring out the fizz for one last time.

2. Here is our  Foyle’s War picture for tonight: (photo source: www.foyleswar.com )

Celebrate Foyle's War

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elise: the last ever episode:

Tonight we shall be watching: Episode 3 , Series 9: ‘Elise’

Plot:

A young man tries to kill Hilda Pierce, saying “This is for Elise.” Visiting her in hospital Foyle meets over-bearing Sir Ian Woodhead, now head of MI6, who, during the war, ran SOE with Hilda, sending undercover agents into occupied France. Foyle learns that Elise was the codename of Sophie Corrigan, an agent killed by the Nazis and that the young man is her brother Miles, out to take revenge on those who sent her to die. At the same time Foyle’s department is investigating high powered black marketer Damian White, who has dealings with a Russian diplomat and has corrupt policemen on his payroll. A recovering Hilda tells Foyle that nine agents died in France and the SOE believed that a spy, code-named Plato, was responsible. There are three suspects – one of whom is being blackmailed by White into giving him government papers that he sells to the Soviets. Together Foyle and Hilda make a terrible discovery – with terrible consequences for two people.

Source: www.imdb.com

 

As Hilda Pierce is a V.I.P. in this episode, here is a quick low-down on her, (courtesy of www.foyleswar.com)

Hilda Pierce:

Hilda Pierce

Hilda Pierce (Ellie Haddington) makes her first appearance in the Series 2 episode “War Games.” During the war, Pierce ran the Special Operations Executive, where her path crosses with Foyle in Series 3 and 5 in the episodes “The French Drop” and “All Clear.” After the end of the war, Pierce joined MI5. Although officially under the command of Sir Alec Myerson, Pierce wields considerable influence at the agency.

Smart, tough, ambitious, and secretive, Pierce is adept at using backhanded and sometimes amoral means to achieve her ends. She has what Foyle calls “the requisite capacity for deceit” to work for MI5. Although Piece and Foyle use different means, they are on the same side and generally get along. Pierce and Foyle had a disagreement in “Sunflower” (Series 8) regarding a former Nazi officer now working for the British against the Soviets.

 

Yours sure that a glass of bubbly near to hand will help us all to bear up manfully tonight,

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Foyle’s War: Trespass!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Castle Coop News, The International Friday Night Foyle's War Club | 0 comments

Foyle’s War: Trespass!

 

 

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Trespass!

 

‘Trespass’, the second episode of series 9 was shown on Sunday night, here in the UK.  The Friday Night Club (virtual members) met up at Lady Egality and Sir Plym’s house for our Foyle’s War session. However, this particular episode is rather brutal watching.  For any virtual member who hasn’t been able to view it, here are 2 of Anthony Horowitz’s tweets which explain why we found it harrowing . While sitting on the sofa cosily looking at a TV drama, suddenly one gets to see what can happen all too easily, when extreme views are taken too far.

 

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ITV did consider postponing last night’s Foyle’s War. Brave – and right – of them not to (12/01/15)

 

Quite shocking – and moving – watching Foyle tonight in the light of events in Paris. (11/01/15)

 

 

Series 9, Episode 2

Trespass!

 

The son of a high-profile Jewish businessman is attacked in the grounds of a university, leaving Foyle to consider the possibility that the attack was racially motivated…

…At one point in this story, Foyle is called on to resign. And being Foyle, he does so with all the pomp and melodrama of someone announcing they’re popping out to buy a pint of milk. It’s a marvellous scene and typical of the show, which every now and then captures a clipped decency and general stiffness of lip that feels thoroughly 1940s.

Then again, decency is in short supply as an assortment of storylines branch off from an attack on a Jewish student. He’s the son of a shipping magnate, who for some reason doesn’t want Foyle to interfere. There’s a slippery fish at the FO (Alex Jennings); a rabble-rousing politician in Peckham whose rallying cry is “Britain for the British!” (Ukip, basically); and Sam takes pity on a sick boy for whom the NHS can’t arrive soon enough. The complex circuitry of the plot needs a bit more voltage early on, but it builds to a tense climax.

Source: Radio Times:
Yours feeling anxious,
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Going Out versus Staying In!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Castle Coop News | 0 comments

Going Out versus Staying In!

Saturday Night Entertainment in Castle Coop!

 

 

 Going out:

On Saturday nights, the Agent, Sir Plym, the Chairman of the Village Hall, Colonel Pyncheon, the Graf and Sir Burford Brown go out. Propping up the bar at the Ox and Moose, they have weighty discussions & a thoroughly enjoyable evening putting the world to rights.

Propping up the bar at the Ox and Moose

 

 

 Staying in:

On Saturday nights, Lady Egality & I stay in.

playing cards together

 

Playing vingt-et-un in front of a log fire, we have a cozy tête à tête & a thoroughly enjoyable evening putting the world to rights.

 

 

Where is your favourite port of call for putting the world to rights? Do you prefer to go out or stay in?

Yours looking for some matches to use as my stake during my Saturday night’s entertainment!

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Pedal2Paris Sponsors & Supporters – A Big Thank you!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Castle Coop News, Cycling from London to Paris for WLS & the Royal British Legion | 2 comments

Pedal2Paris Sponsors & Supporters – A Big Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Pedal2Paris Sponsors & Supporters – A Big Thank you!

Oh wow! Justgiving.com have just sent me this email:

 

You were in the top 1% of fundraisers for 2014

 

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I am so grateful to everyone who sponsored my Pedal to Paris fundraising efforts.

You helped me raise £6000 for The Royal British Legion in memory of WLS. Hurrah!

Thank you so much!

 

Kind Graham from The Royal British Legion also emailed me just before Christmas:

Dear Liberty,

We wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the whole team at The Royal British Legion.

We’ve had an incredible year with bike rides raising just under £600,000 to support the charity’s essential welfare work helping Service men and women, veterans, and their families. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support in raising this record amount.

Have a wonderful festive season,

Best wishes,

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How your sponsorship money is distributed by The Royal British Legion:

British Legion sponsorship money

Yours wondering if The British Legion will send some families on a good holiday in 2015 or maybe buy some mobility vehicles !

 

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A Prototype Display for the Ceramic Poppies

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Castle Coop News, World War 1 Centenary | 8 comments

A Prototype Display for the Ceramic Poppies

 

 

A Prototype Display for the Ceramic Poppies:

 

Since the 5 ceramic poppies arrived from The Tower of London, we have been trying to come up with a way to put them on display in the Village Hall so that they can be used to commemorate the  5 soldiers from Castle Coop who were killed in WW1.

Ceramic Poppies

 

Arranging the Poppies for Display:

The poppies arrived on quite long steel stalks – about 14″ or so and we’ve been trying to think of a way to arrange them so that they can all be seen together in a way that doesn’t look too stiff or formal.

Here is what we’ve come up with!

 

 The Prototype

Step 1:

Amazingly, the Chairman of the Village Hall has an original WW1 barbed wire screw  picket. It was found on a Somme field as part of the annual ‘Iron Harvest‘ and he’s very kindly donated it so that the ceramic poppies can be displayed against it.

During the First World War, screw pickets were used for the installation of wire obstacles; these were metal rods with eyelets for holding strands of wire, and a corkscrew-like end that could literally be screwed into the ground rather than hammered, so that wiring parties could work at night near enemy soldiers and not reveal their position by the sound of hammers.

(source: Wikipedia)

It still has a bit of (modern) Somme mud on it.

 

We thought we’d try entwining the poppies around it, bending the steel stems so that the flower heads face upwards as if growing towards the sun.

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Step 2:

The Castle Coop gamekeeper then produced a bit of barbed wire which the Chairman of the V. H. wound around the whole thing, having bent the stems a bit more:

Ceramic Poppies arranged 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If other villagers give the arrangement the thumbs up, we’ll need to encase it inside a box frame. Then it can be put on permanent display inside the Village Hall next to or near the Rolls of Honour on which the names of the 5 soldiers are written.The Rolls of Honour

 

 

What do you think?

Do you think it will look appropriate?

We are all very anxious to show the Poppies off to best advantage.

Yours absolutely thrilled to think that our 5 poor soldiers will now each have their own poppy by their names in their own Village Hall,

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