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Extracts from recent bulletins, produced by Claire Costello

December 2018 Bulletin


December 2018 Bulletin - continued...


December 2018 Bulletin - continued...

To the Duke & Duchess of Somerset, the Revd. Sandy & John Railton, our Trustees, visitors, our Steward Laurie, Emma & Ginge, and all the people who provide a service, maintain, paint, repair, deliver, and keep a small village - the College - running like clockwork - All the residents wish you A Merry Christmas & a Peaceful New Year

This year at the College we have said ‘goodbye’ to some residents and hope they are happy in their new homes, we also have some new residents and we extend to them our best wishes for Christmas and for the year to come.

As we gather round a Christmas tree, plans for the field behind the College are in hand with over 400 trees earmarked for the area nearest to the back gate. They will grow and become the College’s own small wood with all the life that woodland brings.

In October, we remembered Sarah, Duchess of Somerset – Amelia writes:

“Having lived at the College for almost 4 years I was utterly delighted to be invited to attend the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. On Thursday 25th of October, was the 326th anniversary of the death of Sarah Seymour, Duchess of Somerset. Each year the remaining ‘old boys’ from the Tottenham Boys’ Grammar School, and members of the College, join in a very emotional ceremony at the tomb of the Duchess, laying wreaths in her honour.

‘Battle’s Over’ - Anne, who recently moved into 45, on 11th November, took part in the ‘Battle’s Over’. At precisely 6 am, Anne stood under the College’s clock tower, one of a thousand pipers in cities and towns throughout the land, and played Battle’s O’er - a traditional air played by pipers after a battle, and on this occasion heralded the start of Remembrance day commemorations.
The event was organised in association with the Glasgow-based College of Piping



The RAF Ramsbury Airfield Remembrance Project

The planting of trees, donated by the Woodland Trust for Remembrance, took place on the 10th November, in the small wood next to the old airfield. In two hours the Cub/Scouts, pupils and parents of Ramsbury Primary School planted over 400 trees. Volunteers came from Ramsbury, Froxfield, Aldbourne, Newbury and further afield.

Claire, from the College, organised the Project and has raised funds for the memorials - one in the wood with the new trees, one for the main runway where the planes and gliders took off as part of the D-day Landings and an Information Board that will provide information on the role RAF Ramsbury played in WW2.

The project is supported by the Kennet Valley at War Trust and a committee of locals (including Raine and Vanessa from the College.) The final part of the project - unveiling the Information Board and the memorials will take place on Sunday 9th June 2019, at the airfield.

Some of the visitors to the College included Alex Booth, the lady with the puppets who provided entertainment at the College’s Open Day along with the Froxfield Morris Dancers and Strings attached.

A group of Japanese students, from Marlborough College’s summer school, came in July. In August, the Trustees held their annual drinks in the quad. Dream Sellers entertained us with a mixture of folk music and poetry.

The Phoenix Brass band came in September and Jackie’s daughter Sally Anne presented her handmade jewellery.

In-house we have the popular film and scrabble evenings; the Art group and Book club are still going strong and the sing-a-long is enjoyed every month.

Coming up - the children from Stepping Stones will be here on the 20th December, to sing nativity carols. There will be a “quiet time” in the chapel on the 13th December, 11 – 3 pm, for those who wish to remember a loved one and light a candle in memory. More details are on the notice board in our newly refurbished 24.

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