Come and join the HALIFAX FLOWER CLUB who presents it’s Christmas Show House Event “A Christmas Cracker” at Lee House, Lee Lane, Shibden, Halifax HX3 6UJ on Thursday 6th December 2018 10am – 8pm. Tickets £8 (to include tea, coffee and mince pies) available on the door or from Alison 01924 493351. All the arrangements for sale, collection at the end of the show. Donations to Duke of Wellington’s Memorial Appeal.
It will be hosted by Suzanne McDonald, daughter of the late Major Keith McDonald.
Please help to support this worthy Cause.
Flower arranging clubs and societies joined together as the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies in 1959. The Association has since been a unifying and guiding mainstay to thousands of men, women and juniors whose love of flowers has opened up a whole new world of creativity.
Andrew Sinclair is now into the second Soldier of the three life sized figures as part of this composition.
Now Andrew Sinclair is into the 2nd Soldier – the 2nd of 3 figures as part of this composition. It has been remarkable watching this process and seeing the design unfold and enormous amount of work that is going in to this incredible statue. Just have a look at this next video…..
Great granddaughter Dawn Bray was interviewed…
Four granddaughters and the great grand daughter of Corp William Gartside are proud to share their story. The family of Corporal William Gartside hope to be making an emotional trip to West Yorkshire from Australia when the statue commemorating the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is unveiled next year.
“As an Australian, I find it difficult to reconcile that the Dukes are not already commemorated in this way.“Every small town in Australia has a WWI memorial with the names of the fallen and local regiments have been honoured for decades.“This is why our family have made a contribution to the commissioning of the memo- rial, which will take pride of place in Halifax’s town centre.
“I call on all other members of the Dukes family to give what they can, even if it is a few pounds, on behalf of our brave forefathers and to honour their courage and service which has given the Regiment such a proud name.
Frear brothers who have all served….
It’s often said that the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment is like a family, but the Frears really were brothers-in-arms. All five of the siblings, from Cleckheaton, served in the regiment, with eldest brother Ken first, although he died in service aged just 19 in 1956. He was followed by Robert, John, Cliff and Christopher, all of whom are fiercely proud of their Dukes connection.“There is one other family I’m aware of that (in the Dukes) had five brothers,” says Cliff, 70.“It makes the family connection even tighter. We had some good days and bad days.
And the brothers also agree next year’s statue to the Dukes, to be situated at Woolshops in Halifax, will be a fine tribute.“The memorial means everlasting life doesn’t it?” adds Cliff. “Now the Duke of Wellington’s name will live on for- ever, which is very important.
“I think it’s a super idea,” says Chris. “The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment were, without a doubt, the finest regiment in the British Army for lots of things.
“Everything about it was really, really good and it’s a fitting memorial.”
At the behest of their Head Keeper Adam Brown that eclectic band of itinerant sporting men united only by a cap badge and a cap, the Hindoostan Shooting Club, staged a clay shooting day on Friday 6 July at the Bisley shooting ground with the aim of raising money for the Dukes Memorial appeal.
For a somewhat disparate group who had hitherto only met up a couple of times a year in obscure parts of the country to blast frenzied salvoes of lead shot into the air in the not always successful quest of hitting something other than themselves this was quite an undertaking. Not only were they to put on a clay shooting competition, but also a classy lunch followed by a charity auction. This required the members to scour their contact books and corral as many competitive and, above all, well-heeled punters they could find to make up the teams as well as wheedle attractive and free auction prizes that would inspire some cut-throat bidding.
Perhaps, some thought, this task they had set themselves was one drive too many for the day. However, to the confoundment of any doubters the event was an absolute triumph, much enjoyed by all participants and realising the not inconsiderable sum of £15,000.00 for the appeal.
On the day a total of 52 guns organised into 13 teams plus a few hangers on were treated not only to some magnificent weather but also to a professionally organised and challenging shooting experience. To the occasional game shot shooting clays has two major drawbacks: first you cannot eat them and second that there is absolutely nowhere to hide. Out in the shooting field one can blaze away merrily and at the end say that you shot a brace or two and nobody is usually any the wiser. At a clay stand, however, your woeful technique, poor stance and wonky master eye will be revealed in all their awfulness.
Happily, however, the Bisley staff, clearly all grizzled veterans of many a terrifying breach of shotgun safety, managed to keep even the most nervous shot more or less on target and some very good scores were recorded. Shooting over, everyone retired to the imposing Bisley club house for a delicious lunch followed by the auction. This was the moment for Under Keeper Andy McNeilis to step forward and reveal that all those many nights spent at corporate charity auctions over the years have paid off big time. His performance was a tour de force. Indeed so persuasive was he in generating bids that one member’s son bid up to Four figures on a lot before being eventually outdone to the obvious relief of his father!
The star prize was a tandem parachute jump with the SAS and, naturally, this generated a lot of interest amongst the non-military attendees – at least those – not many – under the 16 stone weight limit. Of course, the ex-military participants kept their hands firmly by their sides when this lot was auctioned. They knew that the tandem jump would be one thing, but the landing would be quite another as extraction from the DZ would undoubtedly require a forced march over the Hindu Kush living on lichen and drinking one’s own urine. As it happened this lot eventually realised £4,000.00 which is very impressive. Let’s hope they all made it back safely.
All in all a very good day’s work for the HSC and hopefully the first of what will become a regular event.
In the first of a series of articles by the Halifax Courier marking the unveiling of a new memorial to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in Halifax town centre next May, Tom Scargill speaks to Brigadier Michael Bray about the upcoming statue and its importance to the Dukes.
The monument is being produced by world-class sculptor Andrew Sinclair and will be installed in Woolshops next May.
“It’s a fantastic idea and we’ve hit on a superb sculptor,” says Michael Bray.
It’s going to be spectacular. “What we want is that people who walk by will stop and look at it, and their children may say ‘wow mum, what’s that about?’ And we think that will be the case.
See the full article here: Dukes