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Halwill Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Councillor Barry Parsons, Leader of Torridge District Council and Ward Councillor for Halwill, officially dedicated the revamped car park at the Parish Hall and the new steps to the playing field, to be known as the Jubilee Steps. He then drew the winning name of the school child who would have the honour of planting … click to read more

Queens Jubilee Flower Border – Final Design And Planting

Monday 28 May had been decided on for the planting out of the Jubilee Garden. Unfortunately, this was later than planned, due to the difficulty of finding a date which was convenient to the maximum number of members. The afternoon was overcast, with a hint of rain in the air, so was just perfect for … click to read more

Timeline – CFA Voysey And The Winsford Cottage Hospital

1857 Charles Francis Annesley Voysey born at Hessle, Yorkshire. 1859 Cranley (later Cranleigh) Village Hospital in Surrey established by a doctor, Mr Alfred Napper in a converted cottage. This is generally considered to be the first of the enduring Cottage Hospitals. 1869 Voysey’s father, an Anglican minister, charged with heresy. 1874 May. C F A … click to read more

Queens Diamond Jubilee Flower Border 2012

This is the second installment to our project the ‘Queens Jubilee Border 2012‘. Tuesday 24 April had been chosen for the working party to lift the turf for the Queens Jubilee Border, since it was forecast to be dry all day. An unusual thing in this very wet month. Since the Garden Club Chairman, Anne … click to read more

Bastille Day Quiz

Bastille Quiz

On Saturday 14th July we are hosting our summer quiz night, which happens to be the French national holiday – Bastille Day. Though you can expect a Gallic touch to one or two of the rounds, no knowledge of la langue francaise will be required. Supper, included in the price of the ticket as usual, … click to read more

RIBA – ‘Love Architecture’ Festival

Love Architecture

‘Love Architecture’ Festival 2012 will be taking part across England and Wales from the 15th – 24th June. The Festival will bring architecture alive with planned events, such as tours, exhibitions, presentations and children’s events. The festival aims to engage the general public in architecture and the built environment – to reveal what makes great … click to read more

Condition Survey – Update

The Condition Survey, funded by English Heritage and The Pilgrim Trust is almost complete and we shall soon know the size and likely cost of the task ahead. There have been many meetings with the various consultants involved and we hope to see the comprehensive results of their work at the beginning of May. Meanwhile, … click to read more

Queens Jubilee Border 2012

The Chairman of Winsford Trust wondered if the Halwill Garden Club, who have their monthly meetings in the Winsford Centre, would like to do a Queens Jubilee Garden in the Grounds, to add yet another strand in the Winsford history and to give the Garden Club a practical project which connected them with their base. … click to read more

Arts And Crafts Exhibition

One of the finest Arts and Craft buildings in Britain is hosting an exhibition of stamped book cover designs from the Arts and Crafts period. Blackwells is a true Arts and Crafts house designed by architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott (1865 – 1945) and completed in 1900. From Rossetti to Voysey: Arts & Crafts Stamped … click to read more

Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication

One of our Trustees is a retired furniture restorer who has a deep interest in the furniture designs of Charles Voysey. She writes as follows. Voysey was not a craftsman in the literal sense but was a true designer. Though primarily an architect it was his belief that no detail of a project was too … click to read more