Everyman’s Club at Talbot House

October 19, 201512:01 pmNovember 17, 2015 11:51 am

On their Flanders battlefield trip Wenlock U3A visited Talbot House in Poperinge, not far from Ypres in an area of Belgium the Germans never occupied. Talbot House opened in 1915 as a club for soldiers. Everyone was welcomed equally whether officer or private. ‘All rank abandon, ye who enter here’ is one of the signs […]



October 13, 201510:49 am

From the outbreak of war in August 1914 and for its duration, knitting comforts for soldiers and sailors became a national pastime. It wasn’t just women involved either, men, children, German prisoners of war and recovering combatants in war hospitals were all encouraged to pick up knitting needles and a recipe (the name often used […]


Collect conkers for victory!

October 13, 20159:44 amOctober 13, 2015 9:45 am

In October 1917, the parish of Clee St Margaret asked children to collect horse chestnuts and bring them to the School. This was in response to a national appeal from the Ministry of Munitions. The purpose of this unusual request was kept secret, but in fact the conkers were to be used to make acetone […]


Ink dries on new WW1 commemorative music

October 5, 201511:46 amOctober 5, 2015 1:49 pm

Shropshire composer, Michael Turner, has just put the final touches to the second of two new works that he has composed for a concert which will take place on 24 October in the Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Castle. Given by the Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, the programme will feature music with strong links […]

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