October News from No.fifty6
Posted on 31st October 2015 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.
October has been marked by wonderful autumn weather with stunning sunrises and sunsets and the farmers still busy in the fields preparing the land for winter. As our recent guests have said, October is a perfect month for exploring the battlefields – the landscape is exposed so you can see the lay of the land, the weather can be just right for exploring and the quality of the light is just wonderful. Add to that the changing tree colours and there is nowhere more perfectly autumnal. The photo at sunrise taken from our back garden. This month we have been thinking about future commemorations and remembering the past.
Connaught Cemetery Reburials.
On 8th October 3 soldiers were reburied at Connaught Cemetery – an unknown Cambridgeshire Regiment soldier, an unknown Royal Irish Rifle and Sergeant David Blakey MM of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. We sadly could not attend the reburial but the event was well attended and there was coverage in the UK press as David Blakey’s family were in attendance. The following link to a Sky News article is typical of the coverage.
The wreaths and gerbes of remembrance after the reburials at Connaught Cemetery.
Somme Centenary Commemorations
A reminder that the ballot for tickets to attend the official July 1st commemoration at Thiepval is open for UK residents until 18 November 2015.
Details are emerging of a special commemoration on 30 June 2016 organised by the Pays Du Coquelicot as an opening for the commemorations. The details we have to date are:
1,916 people of every nationality will unite in front of Albert Railway Station at 9pm, on 30th June 2016.
This will be the starting point for a walk that will pass in front of the Basilica, before leading 250 metres through the Museum’s tunnel to re-emerge at Place Emile Leturcq (the square in front of the town hall).
Each participant will be wearing an identical t-shirt and will hold a lit-torch as a sign of peace. A Mass Band of 100 pipers will accompany the event. The participants will form a dove of peace surrounded by the pipers and will light 1,916 Chinese lanterns that will be sent into the sky above Albert paying tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives during the war.
Also the Basilica will be lit up with special projections for 10 days.
At the time of writing we have no further details about how to take part in the event.
Ticket applications to attend the Lochnagar Crater Memorial at 07.28am on 1 July 2016 are now open to the public. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and applications can be made through the Lochnagar website:
Just a reminder that we are full for key dates in 2016 and booking up fast for the period 1st July to mid November 2016, so please do get in touch with us as soon as possible if you are thinking of planning a visit during the Somme commemoration months. We would love to see you here as we all remember the events of 100 years ago.
Sir John Monash Centre - Villers Bretonneux
Plans are well advanced for the new interpretative centre which is to be built at Villers Bretonneux, opening in 2018. This excellent short film by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs gives further details on the proposed centre. It is worth watching to see the vision for Villers Bretonneux.
Earlier in October we had a short break way from No.fifty6 and the chickens were looked after by our lovely neighbours – they gave Jean and Chantal the run around the first evening not wanting to go to bed (it wasn’t quite dark when our neighbours came to put them to bed), but then the girls behaved themselves the second evening. The girls are happily still laying 5-6 eggs a day between them but they are a little confused by the hour daylight saving change - they now go to bed at around 6pm when in the summer it was 11pm! The village coq is still chancing his arm and visiting, but gets no further than the back field. Our girls really don't give him the time of day. We get many compliments at the breakfast table for their gorgeous eggs - and poaching is certainly the most popular cooking method to savour these free-range delights!
Joan enjoying October sunshine
Brigitte loves a flower pot
No room for guests on our bench..