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Number 56 Newsletter - January 2018

Posted on 31st January 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Number 56 Newsletter - January 2018 The dawn of the New Year brought a very wet, windy and grey January. We have had above average rainfall, mild temperatures, some dry days but endless grey skies. The local paper even declares where has the sun gone? We had one blue-sky day in January. The weather has not stopped us doing things and at least it is mild with no snow and ice!
This month we have been busy with continuing work at No.fifty6 to get things ready for Spring, many meetings attended and battlefield explorations undertaken. With the centenary of the last battles of the Great War there will be plenty happening on The Somme.

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Happy New Year from No.fifty6

Posted on 31st December 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Happy New Year from No.fifty6 As the dawn of a New Year breaks we would like to thank everyone who sent us cards and festive messages and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We spent a few days over Christmas in England with family and we are now back on The Somme ready for 2018. This time last year the weather was cold and dry but this New Year it is mild but wild, wet and windy. Regardless of the weather we get a chance in the winter to go out, dust away the cobwebs and visit places we don’t get time to explore in the summer.
2018 we hope promises good things. The end is in sight for our renovations and we know we have lovely people booked in to stay with us throughout the year as they make their own pilgrimages to this special place. 2018 will see the centenaries of the 1918 Somme Battles, the Battles for Albert, Villers Bretonneux, Le Hamel to name a few. It is also the year of the Armistice centenary and we have had many requests to stay with us for 11th November. The new Sir John Monash Centre and also the Cambrai Tank Museum will open their doors during this year. And as you know there is always something going on here…

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November News from Number 56.

Posted on 30th November 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

November News from Number 56. November – Where has this month gone? As usual there has been lots going on here. The weather has turned decidedly chilly, sometimes wet and 30th November we even had a snow shower. This hasn’t deterred those who wish to explore the area nor the work continuing at No.fifty6. This month we write about birthdays, men not forgotten, Armistice commemorations and Cambrai. As always, thank you to those who comment on the blog, send us emails, photos etc. The little community we have of guests who have been or are coming to No.fifty6 is unique and we are truly blessed to meet such wonderful people.

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October News from The Somme

Posted on 31st October 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

October News from The Somme October – One of our favourite months with a certain lady at No.fifty6 having an October birthday - and we cannot believe the weather this month. Warm, sunny days for most of October with many guests making the most of the last sunshine, exploring then sitting in the garden with afternoon drinks. And as always, there has been plenty to keep us on our toes this month. Thank you to those who comment on the blog, send us emails, photos etc. We never thought when we started No.fifty6 we would meet so many wonderful people who have enriched our lives in countless ways. 1st November in France is Toussaint - All Saints Day - the day families remember the dead and civilian cemeteries are filled with pretty flowers. It is a holiday here, so Bonne Fete!

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September News from No.fifty6 Goodbyes, Bears and Remembrance

Posted on 30th September 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

September News from No.fifty6 Goodbyes, Bears and Remembrance September – at the crossroads between summer and autumn, a month of beauty, changing weather, stories which enthrall us but overall tinged with a sadness this month as we say au revoir to one of our village’s most loved inhabitants.

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