NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS - AUGUST 2020
Our Office and display area at the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Park is still in lockdown. We are allowed two members of the group to attend. However, anyone from the public including our other volunteers must to make an appointment to visit.
The Green Centre itself is locked, and the public are not allowed to use the toilets. The toilets in the main Wat Tyler building are available.
We are carrying out the necessary sanitizing of equipment and furniture every time we are in prior to getting on with our work. Hopefully it will not last much longer and we can get back to opening our display to the public.
The Battle of The Somme – 75th Anniversary
1st July is the 75th anniversary of the beginning of The Battle of The Somme and Lochnagar Crater on the Somme is an International Peace and Reconciliation Site.
In La Boisselle Viggage on 1st July 1916 at 07.28, British Sappers (tunnellers) exploded huge mines under the German Trenches. Thousands of German soldiers died, many of whom, never been found. The Germans were quick to occupy the crater from their reserve trenches, ensuring that huge numbers of the British troops attempting to take the position were also killed.
VE and VJ Day 75th Anniversary
VE Day 8th May and we did not mention it in our June newsletter our only excuse is that we had so many events scheduled for that weekend of celebration which got cancelled and we all got wrapped up in the lockdown. But like everybody else we have been deeply moved by the actions of our new national hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. We must however remember our local heroes, Don Sheppard for one who was 100 on the 4th May.
Listed Buildings of Interest
Fore Riders – Old Nevendon Road – Is a grade ll small C16 timber-framed house, altered in the C18 and later, it is now weather boarded. There is a crossing with a jettied upper storey at the south end. Casement windows with lattice lead-lined lights (C20). Roof tiled.