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General Posts => A run ashore => Topic started by: James Hutton on October 31, 2020, 09:12:57 PM

Title: Arboretum Visit
Post by: James Hutton on October 31, 2020, 09:12:57 PM
I can't believe that I've never been to the National Arboretum before. Despite it being a very wet and miserable day I spent about 6 hours wandering around the memorials.

You will be pleased to know that the Victorious Tree and Bench are in good condition, although the bench could possibly do with a bit of varnish next year.

Does anyone know the protocol for renovating the memorials? I'm happy to go down when it's a bit less wet.

James
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: James Hutton on October 31, 2020, 09:26:51 PM
The tree is looking good, even though it's losing all its leaves!

James
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: Dave on November 01, 2020, 09:41:13 AM
James   that`s not the HMS Victorious Memorial Bench,   will   look out some pics 
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: Dave on November 01, 2020, 09:57:24 AM
Few pics from  2nd Nov 2019   and 20th Oct 2020 
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: Dave on November 01, 2020, 09:58:47 AM
The Bench
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: Dave on November 01, 2020, 09:59:54 AM
On the Tree
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: James Hutton on November 01, 2020, 11:18:59 AM
My mistake - I'll put it down to the rather inclement weather. I'm not sure if I met Mr Ashley at the 2008 reunion at Coventry. Either way, I'm more than happy to bring some sandpaper and varnish down.

Whereabouts is the bench? I assumed it was next to the tree - sadly the info screens weren't working due to Covid, so it was a case of looking at each individual memorial.

James
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: Dave on November 01, 2020, 11:29:08 AM
From the tree   turn left   short walk 
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: James Hutton on November 01, 2020, 11:38:16 AM
Cheers Crash. Will need to be another day though sadly. Did manage a bit of an outing with the camera. Thank god for weather sealing on both the body and the lenses. My bag was like a sponge - so there's one Christmas present sorted!

Changing lenses in a torrential downpour to get the wide angle is not good.
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: stokerstan on November 04, 2020, 09:36:59 PM
   
  Oh dear James, I worry about you at times.....what do you get up to ? are you still soldiering.

   The Victorious put quite a lot of money into the Arboretum, it was originally set up as a place for quiet contemplation. The Legion seem to have got their paws on the place now,
but Topsey Turner and Crash spend much time down there guarding our tree and bench from day trippers and yummy mummies and kids.
Title: Re: Arboretum Visit
Post by: Topsey on December 02, 2020, 09:00:23 PM
James, once we get back to some semblance of normality, if you are visiting the NMA give either Crash or myself a call and we can meet up there. Crash and I and his grand daughter do try to keep on top of the benches with an annual strip down and revarnish and polish the brass plates.