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1st August 2017

Good afternoon everyone,

Apologies for the lack of updates last week it was a very slow week and at times very wet. I managed to get Badminton church on Thursday managed to beat the rain thank goodness. It was a week of killing time and not wanting to far away from the campsite needed to be at ready for the meeting in Birmingham.

I decided on Saturday to move to the campsite, this was due to the forecasts and seen about Sunday being extremely wet, as it turned out it was a wise move! Sunday, besides being wet I wasn't feeling too good spent most the day curled up in bed, it was so bad I couldn't even look at a beer!

Well Monday morning arrived in the taxi collected me from the campsite and to the station in Gloucester collecting my tickets, I was well out of my comfort zone and was hoping the train was going to be nearly empty. As the platform filled up I started getting a bit more anxious and ended up using some of the tools on the phone app to help me get through it. It worked to a point. It turned out to be the Cardiff Central to Nottingham train with only two carriages! I was lucky to find a seat myself and many others in the carriage were being wound up by a group of unruly, ill mannered Welsh girl guides!

I was glad to get off the train at Birmingham New Street station, forgotten how big it was and could have done with a mobility scooter to get from the platform to the taxi! A tiring and painful experience which was to be repeated as I headed home!

On arriving at the central library I met up with Ian and Catherine from the Imperial War Museum War Memorial Register for a spot of lunch, a brew and the natter, it was also nice to put faces to voices I normally hear on a phone.

I learnt a couple of bits during the meeting from the War Memorial Trust about how there are grants available to help clean or protect war memorials, this information can be found at warmemorialsonline.com

A couple of bits from Saturday as it travelled across from Tetbury to Eastington, the first being the war memorial at Inchbrook on the outskirts of Nailsea, I have been reliably told by number of different sources that this was the first war memorial in Britain to those from the Great War, apparently the villagers at the time thought it was a waste of time and money! I suppose at the time money was short...



The other one was as I passed Chevanage house, this is where the filmed the house seen for Poldark, the entrance gates were firmly chained and padlocked, I can only guess it's to keep Ross Poldark out ;)



I head to Westonbirt School tomorrow for an appointment to photograph the memorials in the school and in the church, hope you can beat the rain is forecast to move in. Thursday I had to Cirencester for one night at Tesco's and then it's a weekend off as I'll be meeting up with Neil Berryman again. Monday I'll be heading for Stow-on-the-Wold, a long hop up the Fosse Way, in some ways are not looking forward to that as it's a long straight road and the cars will be travelling fast because of it!

On the 23rd and 24th of September we have sandbag bash very close the National Memorial Arboretum so I'm gonna change my plans slightly and Potter across country slowly towards the National Memorial Arboretum do memorials on the way I will then head back towards Stroud to finish that area. I've also got to go back to Tedworth house some more counselling sessions before heading down to Salisbury to get the scooter trailer thoroughly serviced I suspect then it will be out was the Forest of Dean and the Chepstow area to try and finish off Gloucestershire.

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