On 18 June 2013, I went with my grandfather to visit Colchester Garrison to mark our family's connection to Colchester's military history. We spent a great morning, in good company, with lots of laughter and talk plus toast and Marmite. The Garrison took very good care of us on what was a difficult day for … Continue reading A Visit to Colchester Garrison
But not before we've given a nod to the joy that is the beach hut. Taken c.1934, this picture shows my grandmother, Doris Annie Elizabeth Lambert, outside the beach hut my grandfather, George William Manley, constructed at West Mersea, Essex. I spent many happy days there as a child and West Mersea remains one of … Continue reading A Farewell to Summer.
George William Manley, 1911. A photograph of my grandfather taken at Whitfield Cosser & Co., Colchester.
My grandfather was 106 when he died on December 15 2013. Of course, he'd been around my whole life, while I'd been around exactly half of his. As he made it that far on the clock, many told me I should not be sad: 'He had a good innings'. Indeed he did, better than the … Continue reading Room 45
On Friday 17 January 2014, my sister and I said farewell to Grandad with the support of good people and the assistance of the wonderful Reverend Peter Evans. What follows is the text of the tribute I read at the service. Last year, my grandfather and I were fortunate enough to be able to visit … Continue reading Grandad – A Tribute
A photograph of my grandparents taken on Mersea island, Essex, in the 1930s. Later, in the 1960s, the beach hut that my grandfather built there would provide me with very many happy childhood days out. Fond memories.