Staunton Harold – April Bulletin

‘May you live in interesting times’, a Chinese saying for a Chinese virus. A strange time indeed. Staunton has been almost as quiet as when I first walked through the grounds exactly seventy years ago. We have not closed the car park or foothpaths, and in the last few...

Staunton Harold – Covid-19 & March Bulletin

Very strange times. As a boy I spent many nights in our damp cold cellar, sheltering from German bombers; now I’m confined to the kitchen, but at least it’s warm. Here at Staunton we are adjusting to the new reality. The Nurseries are fully open while at the Ferrers...

Staunton Harold Bulletin – February 2020

Some of the coal seams which give Coalville its name come to surface on our estate. They have been mined continually since medieval times; the last pit, New Lount, was sunk in 1927. All the deep mines had closed by about 1980, but they kept on pumping the mine water...

Staunton Harold Bulletin – Jan 2020

‘Parkinson’s Laws’ – does anybody remember them? One was, ’Work expands according to the amount of time available for its completion’. Well, I’ll add another: ‘The bigger the company, the harder it is to contact them’. Take the Forestry Commission, now called...

Staunton Harold Bulletin – December 2019

In a few days time, with any luck, we will have elected a Conservative government, quickly followed by a vote to leave the EU.The settling of this issue will probably give a psychological boost in the country, but real change will still be a good way off. Thus a...

Staunton Harold Bulletin – November 2019

Recollections of Staunton Harold, some good some not so good.   We quite often hear from people whose relatives were cared for here in the Sue Ryder hospice days,from  about 1980 to 2002. Before that from people who worked here in the Cheshire Home days, 1955 to 1978....