Honouring the memory of a hero of two world wars

Apologies for the delay in updating my blog. It’s been a busy start to the year, however a highly enlightening and enjoyable one.

Firstly at the end of January I visited the Regal Cinema in Evesham to see a satellite production of Les Miserables and to celebrate the Regal’s fourth anniversary.  Plans were shown for the expansion of the cinema to incorporate another screen and a restaurant with it being hoped work will commence this summer.

Lles Mis

Les Mis was an amazing production full of beautiful music and sadness – hence the name!

At the start of February I attended the  civic service in Martley of my counterpart at Malvern Hills District Council, Chairman Cllr Barbara Williams. The parish church of St Peter’s was a lovely setting for the service prior to which a peal of bells was rung by the bellringers on the ground floor and not out of sight in the roof as is usual in our churches. A lovely service in a lovely part of the world not to mention the delicious buffet that followed.

St. Peters Church, Martley (1)

I was also invited to the naming of one of the roads in the new Redrow development in Pershore at the top of Allesborough Hill.  The street was being named in honour of Claude Choules who was born in Pershore in 1901, joined the navy when he was 14 and witnessed the surrender of the German Imperial Navy at the Firth of Forth in 1918 together with the scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow.

CHOULES PIC

He was seconded to the Australian Navy in 1926 becoming Chief Petty Officer Torpedo and Anti Submarine Instructor.  During the Second World War he served in the Australian Navy based in Fremantle and was given the task of sabotaging the harbours in the event of a Japanese invasion.  I met him in 2010 when he was merely 108 and when asked the secret of his longevity he replied “don’t die”, although he did eventually pass away a couple of years later at the age of 110.

The occasion was attended by Capt. Warren Bairstow representing the Australian Defence Staff based in London and who had visited the ship named HMAS Choules in Sydney in honour of Claude.

And finally, I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little early in aid of Evesham Mayor Fred Kaler’s charities at Raphael’s Restaurant at Hampton Ferry.

 

FRED CHARITIESA very entertaining evening with much laughter, good food and a little taxing of the brain with a Cluedo Quiz which was won by our table named after the boat The Spirit of Freedom, and enabled me to go home clutching a chocolate rose.

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