This weeks Churchy Explorer comes from St Perer in Woolhampton one church I had forgotten I visited and found in my photo archive
Thursday 27 September 2018
Monday 24 September 2018
Now I visited this reservoir a few years ago but with the recent drought I thought it might be good to revisit and see how it looked. I wrote a blog on the Llyn Brianne on my last visit and thought I would find the place unchanged other than the reservoir a bit low. I was shocked at what we come across..
Last time I came here the area was covered in trees, now they are logging them
This shows the extent of what they have done in this part. I missed getting a photos of the machine cutting them down
As were drove along the valley you could not help notice the reservoir had dropped and now it was just a river
Large swathes of bank were on show
A bridge that had been covered in water was back on show
Looking down from the viewpoint we stopped off at you could see the sides of the reservoir
The water had dropped way down
We stopped near were we had the picnic last time and looked at the low water
Even down at the dam you could see rocks and boulders that normally were not on show. It will be a while before the water in the reservoir recovers
Saturday 22 September 2018
Thursday 20 September 2018
Monday 17 September 2018
In case you did not see my Church Explorer blog this is the history behind the place
"In 1724 Henry Alnutt, a lawyer of the Middle Temple in London, established a set of almshouses at Goring Heath. They form three sides of a courtyard, flanking a chapel of the same date. In the 1880s a school was built beside the almshouses in what was intended to be the same architectural style. A post office was added in 1900.
Alnutt also left a continuing income from his estate at Goring Heath to teach, clothe and apprentice boys from five parishes. One of the parishes was Cassington in West Oxfordshire, where Alnutt's charity established a small school for boys. In 1833 the Allnut school was absorbed into a new Cassington parish school, which in 1853 became Cassington's present St. Peter's Church of England primary school."
I never realised this place existed till I saw some photos on Flickr and it then became a place I needed to visit, a couple of weeks ago I did just that and you enter down this drive
at the end of which you see the chapel
There is a car park for residents an d guests by the bowling green and you get this view of the almshouses from it
This is the old school which was built in the 1880's, it became the village primary school for Goring Heath, it closed sometime in the 1980's
Despite the stile it was built after you can see it is Victorian
The residents made this little garden
The school was converted into part of the almshouses was was opened by Rev Doctor Anthony Russell on Whitsunday 1989
The almshouses themselves are quite wonderful to look at and are built around a courtyard
With the chapel in the centre and a clock over looking the yard with the bequest from Henry Alnutt under it. Nearby is the pump that was used to bring fresh water from borehole for the residents in the past, no doubt they just turn on a tap now
This view of the almshouses with the chapel in the centre is what makes the place so special, I've come across a few almshouses on my travels visiting churches but none has had a chapel like this.
You never realise what treasures are on your doorstep till you look.
Taking Park in Our World Tuesday
Saturday 15 September 2018
Thursday 13 September 2018
I have been periodically visiting this site around once a month to record the progress of the work, 18 months ago the place was field on the edge of a housing estate, not it has become one itself
The blue sky above makes no distinction between either field or house
It just looks glorious
With the clouds floating above
Monday 10 September 2018
Remember the Story on my Desk I wrote about the other week, well a couple of days later I retired from work and was given another trophy for my home.
Now you may be wondering what it is , well it's a Vacuum Valve and it holds in the vacuum on the Diamond Storage Ring it costs around £300 and there are hundreds of them around the place.
This one was mounted and given to me as a leaving present , the plaque exclaims "Where has the Bl**dy Vacuum Gone"
There you have it I get my very own vacuum valve to remember the occasion by
But don't worry they did not give me a new one, this one has a leak in it I tried to repair and found that the seating on it had gone also so it was scrap but the did clean it up to look like new.
Taking partin Our World Tuesday