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Happy Easter and March News from no.fifty6

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

Happy Easter and March News from no.fifty6 Happy Easter everyone. Is it spring already? The clocks have gone forward an hour. It doesn’t feel like it weather-wise as apart from the odd glorious sunny day the weather continues changeable, mostly chilly and some heavy showers. Still there are signs of spring with blossom appearing and the daffodils in full bloom. This month there is a lot to report here – it has been a very busy month with lovely guests, The Spring Offensive, Building Work achievements and some more sad chicken news. Most of all though we wanted to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful Easter.

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Freezing February on The Somme

Posted on 28th February 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Freezing February on The Somme Winter is definitely here with a vengeance. This month the weather has thrown most things at us. Earlier in the month we had a large fall of snow which made everything beautiful but logistically taxing – it only lasted 24 hours though. Now we are in the middle of Le Grand Froid – the Big Freeze. We have had a week of very low temperatures though bright sunny blue-sky days. Just so cold with biting wind-chill. Today -1 by day -8 by night. This is set to continue across France for the next few days. We have had intrepid guests who have made the journey in this cold weather and have been out exploring. Always a welcome cuppa and warm up on their return here. If you can stand the cold and wrap up warm you are rewarded with stunning landscapes and The Somme in its winter splendor. It is beautiful.
There is always something going on here and this month has been no exception. Meetings, guest pilgrimages, renovations, sadly some vandalism at the Crater - events that have kept us busy.

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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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