Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Meaning of the Last Post

The Meaning of the Last Post.
 I never knew now it will have even more meaning and more emotion. Please read on....

                                                   THE LAST POST.

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which The Last Post was played;
this brings out a new meaning of it.
Here is something everyone should know. Until I read this,
I didn't know, but I checked it out and it's true:
We have all heard the haunting song, 'The Last Post.' It's the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes.
But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the American Civil War,
when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia . The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.
During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and
began pulling him toward his encampment.
When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered
it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier.
It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South
when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted
in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band
members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral.
The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.
But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him
only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler.
He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found
on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform.
This wish was granted.
The haunting melody, we now know as 'The Last Post'
used at military funerals was born.
The words are:

Day is done.
Gone the sun.
From the lakes
From the hills.
From the sky.
All is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Fading light.
Dims the sight.
And a star.
Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright.
From afar.
Drawing nigh.
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise.
For our days.
Neath the sun
Neath the stars.
Neath the sky
As we go.
This we know.
God is nigh
I too have felt the chills while listening to 'The Last Post' but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse . I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along.
I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.
Remember Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their Country.
Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.
Please send this on after a short prayer.
Make this a Prayer wheel for our soldiers...please don't break it .
I didn't!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Intrepid Trapeze Grey Squirrel

Intrepid Trapeze Grey Squirrel Contemplating the next move

Taken on a Bright November afternoon

Walking  down the road yesterday in bright sunshine I looked up at the wonderful blue sky and my eye caught this intrepid looking grey  squirrel performing hire wire acrobatics or rather thinking whether to do so or perhaps how do I get down from  here.

 Either way what the thoughts were or perhaps what his or her instincts told them I don't know, rather him than me, i thought, when I looked at the drop down Overall I think he looked calm and knew what he /she was doing, perched high above the road on a Telegraph Pole.

 It made me realise it has probably happened before, maybe he/she is a frequent visitor and with the everyday busyness of life, its so easy to miss the surrounding beauty and nature at its best. So take a look up in the sky when you next walk through your home turf, which for me is Westcott Village in Surrey you will be amazed what you can see on a bright clear day. 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Famous local Orchestra Conductor Ernest Read

Ernest Read Hard Copy Music Sheets Johann Sebastian Bach's
Written in German
Searching through some old books I  located a book written entirely in German  with songs for a composer orchestra of Sebastian Bach's. The Book is a hard copy show below black with the name Ernest Read written in Gold letters on the front page. Inside there is a signature Ernest read and a date 1922 so i figure that this must be the possession of our local composer detailed below

Mr Ernest Read with this except taken from Wickopedia

Signed Ernest Read 1922

If anyone can through any more light on this i would be interested please leave a comment or get in touch by e mail

Quote from Wikopedia, can be found on Wikopedia,

Ernest Read (22 February 1879, Guildford – 9 October 1965, London) was an English conductor, organist, and music educator. He had a profound impact on the development of music education within England during the first half of the 20th century, and published several books on music pedagogy. He was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1956.
From 1896–1906 Read studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Tobias Matthay and Henry Joseph Wood. He served as the principal of the Watford School of Music from 1913-1920. He also taught conducting and ear training on the faculty of the RAM from 1919–1950. Two of his notable students were Edwin Bélanger and William Ifor Jones. In 1926 he founded the London Junior Orchestra, one of the earliest youth symphonies in England. That orchestra spawned 4 more youth orchestras in the city of London and 11 affiliate youth orchestras throughout Great Britain.
In 1931 Read founded the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (ERSO), a professional orchestra with a commitment to performing concerts accessible to children as well as adults. He led the orchestra up until his death 34 years later, conducting concerts in schools, concert halls and for the BBC. In 1945 he established the lauded Ernest Read Concerts for Children, which ran until the late 1990s. ERSO remain active today.

If you want to know more or buy this item please get in touch .


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Victorian Man and his Dog

A Victorian Man and his Dog

Please take a look at this wonderful picture. It shows a man and his best friend his Dog. In this case the Dog looks like he has two black eyes almost like he is wearing spectacles. But for lovers of history or dog lovers this is a wonderful picture. The dog resembles the one is in his masters voice from the record advert. But this is a original Victorian Photograph I am thinking of making prints from as the picture is so wonderful and unique.

If you would like a copy of original photograph please get in touch or leave a comment in the comment box

A Victorian and his Dog


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Please I need some Help?

Please Help me if you can?

My lucky purchase in Dorking October 2012
Over 30 Victorian Photographs featuring a Victorian Family at least two to 3 generations possibly from 1850 to 1900 era Where and Who they were remains a Mystery

A recent article and Blog site  and page I have set up inside Dorking Old Things talks about some Photographs I  recently acquired from a Dorking Charity Shop which are truly fascinating.

Although the album is falling apart they contain over 30 photographs which look to be at least two to three generations of a Victorian Family perhaps as far back as the 1860s to the 1900s .

The Album they are contained in come is a Solid bound album subject to considerable wear at both front and back cover are coming away. However whats inside is is exquisite a real delight for any avid collector or Historian. Firstly because the people we are looking at in the Photographs are true home grown Victorians,but from the clothes they wear to the glimpse of the furniture behind them i wish i could know more about their lives.

How hard were they?
What did they do?
How long did they live?
Where did they work?
How much did they earn?
Where and when were the pictures taken?
What was the occasion?
Who is related to who and how?

I have so few clues except on one of the Photographs it mentions Heydon, Hove which I  have traced to a  family of Photographers in Sussex near Billingshusrt from 1852

Another Clue is a picture of a House which I suspect is in Sussex although I  cant be sure. Perhaps its a house somebody is living in today perhaps it was pulled down years ago, but each picture gives a small clue to the approximate age for example the fashion and clothes the person is wearing.
However even in this case although I picked the Photographs up in Dorking this may well be a Victorian Sussex Family. At this point if you would like to look at Photographs i have in more detail then go to the Page i have created called Who were these People in this Blog Site and take a look at the Photos i have up loaded or get in touch by email
Perhaps your are a Historian or Genealogists and can either throw more light on the pictures or add vital additional information in the form of clues as to who these people were.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the great great great Grandson or Gran daughter contacted me having located in picture form their Ancestors or we could trace the direct descendants of this family to day and connect the two.
In the meantime they remain a mystery and reveal very little but tantalisingly just enough to raise more questions than they can answer but a wonderful glimpse of a distant era.
If you happen to recognise the House, in the last picture  and live in it please do let me and the readers of this know. I am looking to try and get the picture blown up professionally so as to see if any further clues emerge, There are three people standing in front of the gate so it is perhaps possible to date the picture from fashions at the time I think around 1880s.
Enhanced Photo of Victorian House No 4 Below
Last Picture shows the House

And thank you for your help
To see more of these pictures go in this blog site to the Page I  have created Who were these Victorian People?  or the Blog site Just who were they

Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Mens and Womens Olympic Road Race

Why this is Good for the Country and especially Good for Surrey and even more for the Surrey Hills.

Okay so here we are awaiting, 4am road closures Saturday morning and Village Road restrictions but its a small scarifice for what may happen after  the long awaited  Friday Evening Opening Olympic opening ceromony. For staurday and even Sunday  may prove to be a pivitol point in Britsh Cycling the London Olympics, and the medicine we all need in the Country Gold Medals and a Sport we really excel in and that Summer feel good factor proud to be British when all our economic news is quite frankly very depressing.

Bradley Wiggens will become a Household name not only becuase of his fantastic  acheivement in being the first Brit to win the Coveted Tour de France title but because the man has such humility he could be one of us ordinary folk minus the Talent and exception training and Fitness. He certainly inspires me to get on my bike. Apparently on a day off with his familiy he still maanged to fit in 4 hours on a bike and cove rover a 100 miles what commitment.

But the strategy and collabration with his fellow riders and the GB Cycling team also displays the clear focus and sacrifice of all our athletes  and with the clear strategy and self sacrifice of each individual cyclist from GB, Mark Cavendish will be given every opportunity to go for Gold on Saturday.

Living locally in Westcott and being a keen cyclist I  have both cycled and ran up the Zig  Zag on Box Hill so they are welcome to the nine laps required. I dont envy them one bit.
Once again Westcott is fortunate to lie on their route and thet will come right through the village around the corner on the Downhill from Coast Hill at 40 miles per hour plus they will be a quick whizz past so for me the Village Big Screen awaits.

Mens Cycle Road Race view Video on  U Tube July 2012
Click link below

Womens Cycle Race View Video U Tube July 2012
Clink Link Below
Video 9 minutes click ahead to last 2 minutes to see Women Cyclists emerge.

Video Footage of what its like to stand in a Surrey Village and experince the excitement noise and Thrills of a major Olympic event.
Check this out for a Westcott  village sized view of the Cyclists, hurtling down from Coast Hill in Westcott downhill descent to Dorking past the Prince of Wales Pub in Wescott Village, to begin the 9 laps of Box Hill . Comes complete with all the thrills and spills noise of the overhead helicopter and Police sirens and support Vehicle entourage.
I  have below atatched  the approximate times and route our athelete Cyclists will take looking at some magnificent views they will scarcely be able to take in

And if we do get the Gold into the hands of Mark Cavendish then we will have something to be proud of and the beautiful  Surrey Hills will become a Cycling Mecca for all enthusiasts and Atheletes alike. Importantly Britain not forgetting Chris Hoy will have an Olympic team and a Sport for which we are World Leaders Britain leads the way once again

So go on  Bradley Wiggens and Go on Mark Cavendish and Go Victoria Pendlton make our dreams and your dreams come true as you put this splendid sport and our wonderful area in the Surrey Hills on the map.

Mens 2012 Olympic Cycle Race Through Westcott Village Surrey

                                        Mens 2012  Cycle Race Through Westcott Village

Capture the village atmosphere as the Olympic Cyclists hurtle at over 45mph having just descended Coast Hill in Westcott to pass the Village pub The Prince  of Wales. Full Crowd noise and thrills and full police escort vehicles and sirens as the entourage hurtles along the A25 to Dorking to begin the 9 laps of Boxhill that really punished the riders on this 250km endurance race.

Full video Coverage on U tube click here.
Mens 2012 Olympic Cycle Race through Westcott Village


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Westcotts Famous resident and Hoarder Richard Wallace

Westcott Today

An Insiders Perspective

Westcott in Bloom the Thatched Bus Shelter
Picture Peter Trimming
Westcott is on the map today not only because this Saturday, British Olympic Cyclist Mark Cavendish will set about the Village of Westcott Downhill from Coast hill hitting over 40 miles per hour in the lead on route to Box hill hopefully, to begin the ascent of Box hill for 9 gruelling laps of the famous Zig Zag going for Britain's first 2012 Gold Medal in the Men's Road Race cycle event to London, but because of its famous Hoarder and TV Media Personality Richard Wallace and his claim to fame as Britain's most notorious hoarder. Westcotts Star of Sky TV.with interviews with Phil Tuffnel and the One Show. He has had TV Crews from far flung Australia beating a path to his door.

Tonight we can see the 2nd Programme on Channel 4, Cutting Edge Chronic Hoarder at 9pm of the progress Richard has made with the considerable help from Andy Honey that's ( Andy the Gardner) who refers to himself and likes to be known, is getting on with clearing his pile of junk that some claim can be seen from space, well you have to be their first to look I guess, so I have no comments I haven't been above the earth to see it.

But here is what it looks like from down here especially inside

These are relatively safe that is neatly stacked but still a health hazard especially when you have to crawl over and around them every day to get in and out of your home.

Richard used to have to spend 20 minutes getting from his chair to the front door to do his paperround and that was crawling sometimes 7 to 8 feet above the floor.

Anyway Richard is a wonderful man. My claim as I know him very well now. He has had dinner with my family and can quite freely knock on my door and be welcomed in. So yes you can count me as one of his friends so to speak.

Richard Wallace In thought and Contemplating a Smile

I have therefore assisted Andy Honey in helping to try to make it a better place for Richard, and also consider myself a member of the group and population who consider Andy Honey one of life's good Guys who has stepped up to the plate as Andy the Gardner as he refers to himself and taken on what the Professionals considered impossible or chose to walk away from. For the critics who see tonight's Programme and question why did he move into number 4 and what he stands to gain

For Richards sake Thank God he did it was the right decision.

Richards Kitchen looking for the door
Sub Note
Andy is this all we have to clear today

I say to you look, what he has given up, put his family through and what he has been through personally to get Richard where he is today. I should know what I am talking about as I was there and still are and helped Andy with another friend shift the 10 tons of Newspaper out of number 4 during a weekend, earlier this year.

Now originally I must be honest and confess I was a neighbour who just walked by on the same side of the road, not even the other side, but just past the wall of junk and broken down cars oblivious to what went on inside as I commented on the 1st programme I was un aware of what lay inside Richards Home or how bad it was or how anyone could be living like this in 2012 less alone in affluent Surrey, wished once I knew that more of us had got involved sooner and helped but the night I crawled through Tons of News Papers to spend 20 minutes getting to the Chair where Richard existed on the other side, through 10 foot high walls of newspaper I vowed I had to get involved and do something and no longer could walk by on the otherside.

Just another Pile to clear from whats been cleared

Andy has done an outstanding job in helping Richard as the first programme portrays, but importantly Richard and Andy have become good friends. Andy has been involved with Social services even has a Counsellor organised for Richard and has been instrumental in assisting Richard to get his life back on track in so many ways. He takes Richard to meetings in London, in his spare time to meet other hoarders.

Andy's Joy One Room is clear in Nos 4

In addition Andy has sacrificed his time from work and his family to run around on Richards behalf, so like everyone else who has followed this story I am keen to see how the programme comes across especially as I may pop up in it.

May I say I am a reluctant participant shy of Cameras and Microphones..

Working closely with Richard and Andy I have been privileged and party to what is going on and yet also amazed with how Richard and Andy have worked together so well together and just how much they have achieved to help Richard progress forward.

Richard is still very vulnerable and needs all our help as a Westcott Community but with Andy's leadership through help and support from our Church community he has received help from 30 plus people on chain gang style working parties moving tons of paper from Richards Home and Garden on Saturdays. Without the support of the Church mainly he wouldn't have got this far so quickly.

On the day Andy and myself with Richard cleared to the Bed, Richard could lay down for the 1st time in 12 years. For Andy to move into number 4 we had to shift 10 tons of paper over a weekend from the ceiling to the floor in each room. For my part I have got to know Richard and Andy very well now and as part of a smaller team helping them both I am all the wiser and better for it. So it just goes to show you never know what life has in store for you or your neighbours and one day you walk past a totally Stranger in need and a few weeks later you are able to call that stranger a friend and you are the friend helping the need by your own deeds its a strange old world .
A long weekend to clear No 4 We worked into the Night

Richard is going from strength to strength but still has a long way to go but his days of crouching around the infamous stove surrounded by 10 foot high stacks of Newspaper, boiling an egg are really at an end. As for the paper round he still continues although Andy and myself try to encourage Richard to refrain from taking home left over papers. So for those concerned with security and risk Richard is in a better place mentally and physically addressing his problems. Andy is continuing to sacrifice his time to help Richard and yes Westcott is growing as a community.

Richard Celebrates His Birthday cuts his cake

Richard Birthday Cake
Richards Birthday Cake

It tasted as good as it looks

Its all mostly good here.

If you want to keep up with the latest I will with Richards consent publish more pictures and footage as the story unfolds in the meantime get in touch by e mail add comments

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Old Green Bus

                                               Do you Remember the Old Green Bus

Cycling up near Ranmore Church on Ranmore Common wheezing from exhaustion after the steep uphill from Westcott  I  was delighted to be greeted with this wonderful site from the past and my ability  to quickly capture  these shots using  my new Galaxy Samsung 3 Mobile Telephone which i thoroughly recommend and am delighted with.

Back in 1951 we had not the Olympics that was back in 1948 in England but we had the festival of Britain and these delightful buses hit the road for the first time. Gleaming Green and user friendly i wondered how the world has changed since they took their first trips around the Surrey Hills and Villages in the early 1950s.

Well for one thing i have the ability with modern technology to grab my mobile phone no less and capture these exquisite pictures. How would they have looked in a photograph in the 1950s and how could you have been out on a bike and caught the picture without having to carry some great  old wind up cumbersome camera that wouldn't have been with you had you  availed such an opportunity.

Most of all though they represent that feeling of nostalgia the past with all its smells memories and long gone days. The world is truly a different place more hectic faster and not as green as we would all like especially the Politicians. The old Green Bus en captures this all and it left me feeling a ride on one of these old beasts would be a welcome treat.                                           

So if you were one of the lucky people who has had  ride or this conjures up wonderful memories or nostalgia from the past

A not so distant past but a Greener future

Please be  free to add your comment thoughts and suggestions