Sunday, 2 July 2017

Fete on the Green

Another busy week in Loughborough and beyond! I hope you're enjoying my daily #100wordsaboutloughborough: I'm certainly enjoying writing them, although brevity has never been my strong point, so they are rather challenging!!

This week I was lucky enough to visit Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, and part of my birthday treat was to see Titus Andronicus at the Stratford theatre. I've only been to Warwick twice before, once being so long ago I can remember nothing from that visit, and once a couple of years ago. Last time we did some of the museums, but the town museum was closed when we went, so we were pleased to pop in this year. We also managed to get to Lord Leycester Hospital, a fantastic set of Tudor buildings that used to house the Medieval Guilds: a little bit more impressive than our own former Guildhall, which is now Lowe's the furnishers on Church Gate. 

Whilst we were looking around, we spotted a chart showing various crests, and saw some of the actual crests dotted around the complex. Several of these had connections to our area - Hastings, De Lisle, Ferrers, 

The gardens were beautiful too, with flowers, hedges, herbs, and statues.

Once we'd finished in Warwick we went over to Stratford for something to eat before the start of the performance, and we had time for a quick stroll around. This weekend they have had a boat festival on the river that passes next to the theatre. They were just setting up when we were there, but it looked like it would be a great event, similar to our canal festival.

In the town, we passed a lovely art deco cinema, and a pub called the Oddfellows Arms. The branch of Oddfellows in Loughborough used to hold their meetings in the former Georgian Theatre on Sparrow Hill, but we have never had a pub named after them.

On Saturday I popped along to the Fete on the Green, next to Fearon Hall in the grounds of the Church of All Saints with Holy Trinity. What a pleasure it was to see the re-sited WW1 memorial, and the wonderful book of remembrance that is now beneath it.

Exciting too, to be able to go up into the bell tower, and see where the bellringers ring their changes. And even more exciting was to be able to go right up to the bellchamber and see the eight Taylors bells, and hear the tenor bell ring out (albeit with our fingers in our ears, as instructed).

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Loughborough in 100 words

So, I have finally finished the year-long local history course I have been doing. To say it has taken up all my waking hours - apart from going to work and eating - would not be far from the truth, although there have been moments when I have had to go and do something else: most of these other things I've blogged about at the time, so you probably know what they are.

Now, in the words of that famous pickpocket trainer, "I am assessing the situation", before deciding what to do next. I've found a few online courses that appeal: ironically, one is called "Getting started with online learning: this ... course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold" - how I wish I'd found that one before I committed to the local history course!!! And there are a couple of others that I started previously but never quite finished so I'd like to get on with those at some point, as well as a few other new ones which appeal.

In the meantime, I happened upon a website called the 100 days project, touted as a creative marathon that requires a person to do one creative activity for 100 days. Now, I've just written a report at work, amounting to about 22 pages, which is far too long for the purpose it was intended. I asked a colleague if she could precis it for me, down to about just two pages, because I cannot write succinctly! Thinking about this problem, I decided a good way to learn how to write more concisely would be to practise, but the opportunity to do this doesn't often present itself. I also only really want to write about Loughborough ... so, I bet you can see where this is going!!

My plan is to write 100 words about Loughborough for 100 consecutive days! No pre-planning, no preparation, no writing it in advance, but writing 100 words sometime during each day. This could be challenging, because I shall be posting each 100 words on this blog, but I'm not guaranteed to be at a pc when the 100 words come to me!! So, I must also practise my one-finger typing on my phone! And, on top of that, I still want to write something more substantial on here every Sunday too! Beginning to wonder if I'll find the time to do those online courses I mentioned above!!

Anyway, you can find my #100wordsaboutloughborough over on the end of the top bar of this blog, or if you're on a mobile device, click the three parallel lines, and all the pages should appear as clickable links. Failing that, here's a link. I actually started doing this on National Writing Day, which was on 21 June, so there are already 500 words over there for you to read!

Hope you enjoy the project, and do wish me luck - it's going to be a long 100 days!

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Dyer, Lynne (2017). Loughborough in 100 words. Available from: [Accessed 25 June 2017]

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