Staunton Notebook – January 2018

Then and Now  Many of the matters which concern us today are the problems of affluence; – obesity, road congestion, plastic disposal.  How different to how things were when I was growing up, at the end of the Second World War. There were no plastics, of the sort...

Staunton Notebook – December 2017

The Naming of Parts  If you had met Leonard Cheshire, as I did a couple of times, you wouldn’t suspect his extraordinary achievements.  Quiet and unassuming, he led by example.  Awarded a VC for his work as a bomber pilot at the end of the war against  Germany, he was...

Staunton Notebook – November 2017

We were on Loughborough station last week when the through train to London roared past.  It always strikes me as ill-mannered, like a drunken lout barging through a bus queue.  Those Edwardian glass canopies over our heads speak on a gentler time. The week before...

Staunton Notebook – Sept 2017

Sometime back in the 1960s the government dreamt up a scheme to pay farmers to plant trees on their land.  Thousands of trees, mainly conifers, were planted and then forgotten.  Twenty five years on they survived as spindly poles with a tuft of green on top, useless...

Staunton Notebook – August 2017

The Paths Not Taken Before his nervous breakdown Geoff Herbert was running a successful detective agency in Derby.   The doctors advised a less stressful occupation, so he sold his business and apprenticed himself to a potter in Brailsford, a few miles north of...

Bulletin 135 – July 2017

The End of the Line Fourteen years, and one hundred and thirty five articles later, this will be my last bulletin.  I feel that in this form they have run their course. It all started with postings before we moved into the Hall, to explain why, after years of hospice...