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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Thorpe-le-Fallows 2018

This is a companion story to the preceding post (see below).

Today is 100 years since the end of the First World War. I decided to go my local war memorial at Thorpe-le-Fallows for the 11 o'clock dedication. I was the only one there. On the ground were wreaths that must have been laid years ago - I felt shame!

Thorpe-le-Fallows

With no wreath to lay, in an act of sentimentality I placed my buttonhole on the gate chain.

Thorpe-le-Fallows

Thorpe-le-Fallows

At five minutes to eleven a lone *RAF Sergeant straddled the fence and walked across the field toward me. I started to well up and could hardly speak. We had a short conversation and at 11 o'clock he recited the dedication from memory.

Thorpe-le-Fallows


Next week I am going to going to go and tidy up around the memorial...

*The Western Front Association is a national educational charity whose aim is to educate the public about the Great War. Volunteers also help to maintain memorials and send out representatives on occasions such as this. If you would like to help find out more about WFA here.

Thorpe-le-Fallows 2010

This is an old story which I re-publish as today (11/11/2018) it is poignant...

There used to be a church in Thorpe-le-Fallows but it is long gone. It is the smallest of villages in the middle of nowhere. Inaccessibly hidden out of view in a field is a somewhat forgotten memorial to the local men who fell in the First World War. In 2010 the Western Front Association restored the memorial and held a re-dedication ceremony.

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thorpe-le-Fallows memorial

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Stenigot dishes

If anyone wants to see the Stenigot communication dishes which featured prominently at the start of this project and on the cover of the book it might be a little late. They have been chopped up for scrap.

Locals are fuming that this landmark has vanished. Makes me wonder if they would be accepting of planning permission to erect new ones?

The Lincolnshire Echo covered the story though I think they might have got their communications crossed. I'm fairly sure that they are tropospheric communication dishes and not radar dishes.

Stenigot comms dish




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