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A Poem for April
WHAT CAN WE KNOW?
Jean K Cave
Lambley Historical Society
Following the flooding of our usual venue Lowdham WI Hall, our February meeting took places in the Community Space in Lambley Church. Ted White gave us a talk about Francis Lovel, a close ally of Richard III. Richard made him a Member of the Privy Council, a Knight of the Garter and appointed him head of the Royal Household so he was one of the most important people in the country.
Francis survived the Battle of Bosworth and attempted to organise a revolt against Henry VII. the victor of Bosworth the following year. This revolt was unsuccessful, so Francis went abroad to obtain funding from Richard’s sister Margaret the widow of the Duke of Burgundy and one of the wealthiest women in Europe. She provided him with an army and together with Lambert Simnel, a pretender to the throne Lovel crossed to England with an army of 8000 and was defeated by Henry at the Battle of East Stoke near Newark on June 16th, 1487.
After such a prominent career and at the age of about 30, Lovel disappeared and was never heard of again. Over the years since there have been around six explanations as to what may have become of him, including from being drowned in the Trent, gone to exile in Europe, becoming a hermit in a cave, and dying of starvation in a secret room at his house; his body being discovered more than two centuries later.
Alfred Edward Lawson Lowe, a Victorian antiquarian visited Gedling church in 1866 and saw an alabaster slab with the date 1847 and suggested that it may have marked Lovel’s grave. This idea was published a couple of times around 1900 and was forgotten until these publications were reproduced on the internet recently giving rise to speculation that Lovel has been found at last.
Ted offered an explanation as to how he may have travelled from the battlefield to Gedling and died there, together with new evidence showing that previous explanations of his fate are not as credible as they have been regarded.
All talks take place at Lowdham WI Hall, start at 7.30 and are followed by tea or coffee afterwards. New members and guests always welcome.
With more and more people having to self-isolate, perhaps now is a good time to remind every that our website www.woodborough-heritage.org.uk is very much an active source of reading about the events, buildings and people of Woodborough over the last 1,000 years.
Our sister website, apply named, “Themed Photo Albums”, which can be linked from the above website, has over 5,000 photos that have been placed in themes. For a relative small village it is quite remarkable that so many of these photos came from local residents.
Woodborough Local History Group
Our meetings scheduled for April, May & June have all been cancelled due to the worsening coronavirus situation. Meetings beyond June, including the summer trip in July, will be reviewed on a month by month basis and a decision announced here on the WoodboroughWeb and on www.woodborough-heritage.org.uk
Members wishing to be notified by email, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Reed – chairman
Brimstone Butterfly (Female)
Photo by Jean Powley
It is on warm spring days when most of us see our first butterflies of the year. It always seems so sad when they stop appearing in our gardens in late autumn but when spring comes round, isn’t it just great to see them fluttering about?
Butterflies overwinter in different forms. Depending on the species, some overwinter as eggs, some as larvae, pupae or adults. Some, like the Painted Lady, migrate back to their North African wintering sites. The butterflies which overwinter as adults may often be found in sheds, outhouses and even homes.
The Brimstone Butterfly is one which overwinters as an adult and is therefore one of the first butterflies to emerge in spring. The Brimstone belongs to the Whites and Yellows family. It is a large butterfly and its wings are more angular than other butterflies. The wings are often described as being leaf-like especially when the butterfly has landed on a flower. The male is a bright yellow colour. The female is a very pale green and can be confused with white butterflies but note the different shaped wings. Both sexes have an orange spot on each wing. It is thought by some that the word ‘butterfly’ originates from the yellow colour of the male Brimstone.
The Orange-tip is a small sized butterfly and also belongs to the Whites and Yellow family. The male, as its name suggests, is white with orange tips on the top upper wings. The female is white with black tips and has no orange colouring. Both sexes have mottled green undersides. Orange-tips overwinter as pupae. The year 2019 was a very good year for Orange-tips. I wonder how well they will do this year.
The Holly Blue is another small butterfly and belongs to the Blue family of butterflies. They also overwinter as pupae. The upper wings of the male are blue with a thin black edge and the females have a broader black margin to the fore-wings. Both sexes have pale blue undersides with very small black spots. You will find the Holly Blue around Holly during the spring but the second generation of this butterfly will be found around Ivy. If you see a blue butterfly in your garden it is more likely to be the Holly Blue rather than the Common Blue.
Because the above three butterflies appear so early in the year, it is crucial that they can access nectar from early flowering plants. The following trees and flowers are ideal to have in the garden for spring butterflies:
Trees: Apple, Cherry, Pear.
Flowers: Aubretia, Forget-Me-Not, Grape Hyacinths, Heather, Honesty, Lungwort, Primrose.
Insecticides and pesticides should not be used as they will not only kill butterflies but also bees and other beneficial insects.
Coronavirus and BTO Garden Birdwatch
Over the last few weeks our lives have totally changed because of the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID – 19). Whilst many elderly and vulnerable people now have to lead a very restricted lifestyle, it is even more important that we keep ourselves occupied in a safe environment.
Bringing nature into your life can benefit your mental and physical wellbeing. Listening to birdsong, watching butterflies as they flutter from flower to flower can give you a feeling of calm. It can reduce stress and anxiety which can be harmful to your health.
Now that you have more time on your hands, why not consider joining the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO)’s Garden BirdWatch scheme. Not only will you find it interesting and rewarding but at the same time you are helping birds and other wildlife. You just record what you see in your garden and forward the information to the BTO either by post four times a year or by entering the records online through their special web pages. How much time you spend is up to you. You don’t have to be an expert; you just need to be able to recognise most garden birds but there is help at hand for this. You can obtain more details about the scheme by contacting Jean at email@example.com or visit www.bto.org/gbw
Orange Tip Butterfly (Male)
Photo by Jean Powley
Jean is a voluntary Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch scheme in Nottinghamshire. If you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife which visit your garden, Garden BirdWatch may be perfect for you. If you would like a free information pack about the scheme, contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bto.org/gbw
The Holly Blue Butterfly