Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cambridge Camera Club Annual Competition

Ann very kindly photographed my prints that were hung at the CCC annual exhibition for my Mother to see.  (Right bottom first panel, top left and bottom right second panel and upper right third panel.) She follows a few CCC blogs.  Thank you Ann Mother was pleased to see it.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Saffron Walden - Points of View

Saturday 11 April the Cambridge Camera Club held a competition entitled  "Points of View" in Saffron Walden.  Many turned up cameras in hand and were certainly not inconspicuous. The traders certainly spotted us and were curious to learn what we were up to that day.

Friday, 10 April 2015

St. Bartholomews Church, Tong, Shropshire

St Bartholomews is in Tong’s village church, Shropshire (Junction 3 M54)
There is a story related to Tong. It attracted many visitors from America which was deemed to be the result of a serialized  programme of Charles Dickens book, The Old Curiosity Shop. Charles Dickens visited Tong when his grandmother worked at Tong castle, which was demolished in 1954.  Little Nell’s grave was supposed to be in the churchyard as Dickens made reference to it in his novel. George H. Bowden, (1856 – 1943) a verger, and postmaster asked local people to pay for a headstone for Nell’s grave and forged an entry in the church register of burials using post office ink.   Visitors were then charged to see the grave! I understand that the grave is moved from time to time to make room for genuine graves. I did not see it.

The church has some imposing and dramatic memorials to the Vernon family and other village proprietors. Simon Jenkins, Oxford graduate, newspaper columnist, editor, and author who published “England’s Thousand Best Churches”, awarded the church three stars out of five. He referred to the tomb of Sir Richard Vernon (1390 -1451) as a masterpiece. (Speaker of the House of Commons in 1426)

The Bromlow Callow, Shropshire

The Bromlow Callow is a landscape marker and may have been a shelter for sheep and their shepherds whilst droving flocks to market in the valleys. The trees have a tranquil, if slightly eerie quality and would certainly have provided shelter for weary travellers. The landscape inspired the Shropshire author Mary Webb to write
“It was cold in the Callow, a spinney of silver birches and larches that
topped the hill.” ‘Gone to Earth’ Chapter 1

The Bromlow Callow’s location:
OS Explorer: 217
OS Landranger: 137 and 138