Woodborough’s Silent Soldier
Photograph by Michael Dobbs
After some public dismay at St Swithun’s original decision to restrict the installation of the “Silent Soldier” to just a short period before the 100th anniversary of the ending of the first world war, it has now been installed beside the village war memorial.
Businesses, local authorities and individuals across the UK have been invited by the Royal British Legion to sponsor and display the silhouettes to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the dreadful times of the First World War. These sacrifices enable us, 100 years later, to enjoy the freedom and quality of life which so many others in the world would love to experience.
See the “Letters” page to read about how the silent soldier was introduced the pupils of Woodborough Woods School.
To make you smile…
PARAPROSDOKIANS are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected. Allegedly Winston Churchill loved them. Some examples:
Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
To steal ideas from someone is plagiarism. To steal from many is called research.
In filling in an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency’ – notify: I put ‘DOCTOR.’
I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they look sexy.
Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
A clear conscience is the sign of a bad memory.
I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Nor is there any future in it.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Finally: I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
And my personal favourite:
I am not arguing with you, I am explaining why you are wrong
Forwarded by Andrew Ball
Our speaker in July was Des Sweeney from The Cross Keys at Epperstone. He gave us fascinating glimpses of his life as a chef working for The Queen in all the royal residences and on the royal yacht, preparing food ranging from elaborate banquets to very informal BBQ’s.
The meeting on Thursday August 2nd is our outing to Trentham Gardens. The coach will be opposite the Four Bells on Row Lane leaving at 8.00am.
The next meeting is on September 6th 8pm in The Institute , when the speaker will be from Broxtowe Food Bank. Members from St Swithun’s congregation regularly take donations of food, and if anyone would like to bring contributions to our meeting the following are items particularly needed; tinned meat (Chicken curry/meat balls/meat pies/hot dogs etc) UHT milk, squash, tinned vegetables (not baked beans or potatoes – they have a good supply of these) cereals, tea, coffee. No fresh food please.
We look forward to welcoming you at our meetings.