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Issue No. 43 [Back Issues]
3rd May 2005

This Week - [The Wardour Garrison at Goodrich Castle - Ashfield Park] [125 Years at Westons Cider - JKHS - Stats]
[Admiral Lord Nelson - Ashfield Park - Topical Photography, Political Candidates] [Photography - Nature Watch - Archive]

Admiral Lord Nelson - A Commemorative Lunch

Anna Tribe and Andrew Helme at the Nelson Museum, Monmouth. Ref: DSC_1630

Two of Britain's foremost authorities on the life of Admiral Lord Nelson, Anna Tribe and Andrew Helme, were guests of honour at a Commemorative Lunch, held at Pengethley Manor on Tuesday, 26th April. The event was quite unique, involving strong local connections. Anna, who lives in Raglan, is the eldest descendant of Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, their daughter Horatia being her great, great grandmother. Andrew is Curator of the 'Nelson Museum' in Monmouth, which was the first ever museum to display Nelson artefacts and memorabilia.

Interest in the lunch event was sparked with this year seeing the 200th anniversary of Lord Nelson's death at sea during England's famous victory over Napoleon Bonaparte and his Spanish allies.

Admiral Lord Nelson visited the Wye Valley in 1802, taking a scenic cruise along the River Wye from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth. Along with the Lake District, the Wye Valley was just coming into its own as a tourist attraction at the time. This was the reason Lord Nelson, along with Lady Hamilton and her husband, Sir William came to Ross, visiting Merton House whilst in town. They were actually en route for Pembrokeshire.

During his most interesting pre-lunch talk, which included a slide show, Andrew passed around a 'figure of eight' cutlass, explaining that this was standard issue to ships' boarding parties during battle. He also passed around an eight pound cannon ball for guests to handle and gave a fine demonstration of the 'talking trumpet', explaining that, as mobile phones were not available at the time, the 'talking trumpet' was an aid used for issuing commands or communicating with other ships.

Over the excellent three course lunch, Anna spoke of some of the exciting adventures on which she has recently embarked, including a Caribbean 'Nelson Cruise' on the 'Oceana'. Along with Jo Calo and Martin Downer, author of 'Nelson's Purse,' Anna and a friend were invited to take the cruise in exchange for giving two lectures and taking part in a 'Question and Answer' session.

After lunch, Anna told the dramatic story of Nelson's relationship with Emma Hamilton and what happened to Emma and their daughter Horatia after Nelson's death. Anna also traced the family line and fortunes from her great, great grandmother Horatia to the present, including the latest addition to the family, Emma, her grandchild.


Lunch at Pengethley. Ref: DSC_1553

Our New Head Teacher

By Aimee Griffiths & Blane Pannell (Year Six pupils at Ashfield Park Primary School)

Mr Williams retired at Easter. After the holiday Mrs Hines took his place as Head teacher. She has now been with us for three weeks and we asked her about her first impressions:
'Ashfield Park is very lively and vibrant. It's four times bigger than Whitchurch Primary where I worked before and has a wonderful nursery and a swimming pool. I've got to know all the staff and I'm trying to know all the children, who are very friendly and warm. It's going to be an exciting and enjoyable school to work in.'

With Mrs Hilary Hines in the photograph below are: Tom Biggs, Holly Petersen, Dexter Churchus, Olivia Phillips, Hannah Hayes, Alex Price, Joshua Treharne and Jamie Phillips.


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Topical Photography This Week - Your Local Parliamentary Candidates

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Although I do have my own views on the subject, I have always made a point of not making them public by bringing Government politics onto this web site. I have in the past been unsure myself of which person represents which party, so just so that you know which person to vote for, here are photographs of all of your local Parliamentary candidates.

No, it wasn't Karaoke Night at the 'Pig & Whistle' - I took them at the public meeting held at John Kyrle High School last Thursday, 28th April. I am not sure if they enjoyed being asked to stand together and smile, but they kindly did so. Nice to see, actually!

At another non political event I attended recently, Paul Keetch asked me where he could see the rest of the photos I don't usually publish, so I have added both that event and this to the gallery for viewing.


Tom Calver, Labour Party.
 
Virginia Taylor, Conservative Party.

Guy Woodford (standing in for Mr. Lunt) Green Party.
 
Christopher Kingsley, UK Independent Party.

Peter Morton, Independent.
 
Paul Keetch, Liberal Democrat Party.

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