In World War 2, towed transport gliders were built in large numbers to air-land troops with their heavier weapons behind enemy lines, without using parachutes. The Airspeed Horsa carried two pilots and 25 or more troops or loads like a jeep and anti-tank gun. It had a cylindrical plywood fuselage, a high wing with very large flaps and jettisonable main undercarriage, the glider then landing on a central skid and nosewheel.
In the late summer of 1994, two of these gliders suddenly appeared in the large field immediately to the east of the road between Magpie Farm and the Culworth turn. Presumably these had made an emergency landing in the field because of some problem during a training exercise. Donald Taylor has written a first hand account of how these gliders were removed from the field and this can be seen on the next page. Read the rest of this entry »
Help may be at hand! VONEUS are working with local communities in rural and metro areas to bring them the broadband that they need, consulting with community groups to find the best and most affordable solution.
The company are now exploring the possibility of providing an alternative broadband solution for the village but before anything else can happen they need to know that this is something which people want.
Here’s what you need to know about Voneus:
If this sounds appealing, or you would like to know more, please send your name, full postal address and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
At the moment, the company are simply assessing the probable level of interest in the village, so any contact with them is with no obligation.
HOWEVER, IF PEOPLE DO NOT REGISTER THEIR INTEREST, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN!
Voneus Limited, Southgate Office Village, 1st Floor Block B, 284A Chase Road, London N14 6HF
Telephone: 020 3026 4122
Ian Cherry writes (in respect of the item on the former village shop, see below):
Colin Wootton writes:
Victorian photographer S.W.A.Newton, of Leicester, made a comprehensive photographic record of the construction of the Great Central Railway between 1896 and 1900. The railway has long gone but fortunately his photographic record remains. Travelling by train and bicycle he also visited and photographed street scenes in villages near to the new railway. The glass plate negatives he produced would have required a large camera and a sturdy tripod and the plates would have needed careful transportation back to his father’s photographic business in Leicester for processing. He produced almost 1000 photographs and the whole undertaking must have indeed been a labour of love! A high resolution digital scan of a second of these photographs, of the former Village Shop, Queen’s House and the School House has now been acquired and reveals the then scene in quite astonishing detail. From this scan it has been possible to make some very interesting enlargements of people and objects, which can be seen on the next page.
Donald Taylor has made another journey down memory lane to the time of strict food rationing during and just after World War 2, when most villagers kept at least one pig in a sty in the garden. Donald’s father, George, a trained butcher, was much sought after at that time for the efficient slaughter and jointing of the pig, ensuring that the meat was safely “cured” for long time home storage.
Read Donald’s account of this process on the next page.
Chris Behan writes:
Bruce Benyon, the Operations Director of Hooky, pulled the pints, actually only half pints, but you could go back for seconds. Dreams do come true as it was all on the house, Hooky’s house I hope not Chris and Tom’s.
For a fleeting two hours the Star was a “free house”.
That appalling one-liner was inspired by Hooky’s own marketing department, whose promotional flyer for the Easter ale is full of corn, coining such dreadful expressions as “hop to it” and “we know you’ll all be eggscited”.
The conversations at the bar were, as ever, sports related, for instance, the Italian rugby team’s better knowledge of the rules of the game than most of the English players. We could have sought a professional opinion on the subject as we were in the presence of one visitor, David Grashoff, a TMO (television match official, for those of you who are not versed in rugby TV acronyms), but respectfully declined.
Well done Chris and Tom for a very enjoyable evening and, before I forget, the cheeses were great.
In the words of David Grashoff , “you can award a try”.
More photos on next page.
Villagers will remember the wedding of Peter and Pat Thomas’ daughter Debbie to Orlando Gomes at Sulgrave Church in June last year:
Debbie will be running in the London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April, in aid of Katharine House Hospice. Please support Debbie by making a donation to this worthy cause, either as set out in the flyer above or in the Village Shop.