We celebrated the New Year of Ladies Fellowship with a talk from a couple of church members. John and Jacquie gave us a potted history of their life in the Royal Engineers. John trained at Sandhurst and served the country all over the world. In Bosnia he was in charge of worldwide logistics and he also went to the Falklands. The Army is a very demanding job and it meant moving house many times and living in several countries. John often found himself learning a new language to achieve the removal of land mines! Since retirement John has taken on many roles, including working with the Royal British Legion where he raised £65 thousand pounds in three years. Jacquie also told us about being a Military wife! She was familiar with the Royal Engineers as her father also served with them. She travelled the world with her parents and was prepared for anything and everything. Jacquie remembered moving to Cyprus with their children and a horse! They are a very hard working and well travelled couple. We thank them both for an entertaining afternoon. In February we welcomed Paul Dyson and his wildlife adventures. Paul is a great traveller and climber, not to mention his talent as a wildlife artist. He recounted some amazing journeys all over the world. He seems to have been everywhere. He has visited glaciers, climbed big mountains in Kathmandu, seen all the African wildlife and many birds. All these creatures feature in his drawings. His wife goes with him sometimes, depending where they go. He brought some super cards and pictures for us to buy, which included many British Birds and mammals, these were very popular with the ladies. Our speaker in March was Kevin Powell from Nottingham Civic Society. His talk was entitled ‘Place to Rest’ which proved to be about historic burial places from 1800. There are several ancient burial grounds within the Nottingham city area. He had many photographs of the old buildings associated with these cemeteries, quite a lot of which no longer exist. The history of life in the Nottingham area explained why these burials came to be where they are and who was laid to rest in them. Some of the original burials were in caves as the area is sandy. Many of the graves had up to fifteen bodies in them, probably due to poverty and major illnesses. The majority of them are closed now because they are full. The major important architects of Nottingham such as Watson Fothergill and Sir Frank Bowden of Raleigh bicycles are buried in these areas. There are so many famous men in the area – too many to mention. Amongst the graves are some elaborately designed memorials with weeping angels and crosses. All of these areas are now crown property.
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