Andrew Bennett

Andrew Bennett

A Day So Full I Don’t Know Where To Start!

So I’ll start with some pictures.

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And we could have added hundreds.

We started with a tour of the Flanders Museum and then picked up our guide.

He took us on a walking tour of Ypres before taking us to Essex Farm Cemetary, where Flanders Field was penned.

After a short drive we visited Langemark German Cemetary for a completely different experience.

On our way to our planed stop we realised we were passing the memorial to the Last Tommy, Harry Patch, so we stoped to hear his description of the horrors he suffered on his first day of fighting dramatically read by our guide.  His memorial is on the spot he went over the top for the first time at Passchendaele so you could see the church he was aiming for in his description and the ground he would have to cover.

Next stop was the mind blowing Tyne Cot Cemetary, the biggest war Cemetary looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

We thought we would find a relative here of one of our students but when the grave name did not match we knew something was a miss.  Some clever detective work (A lucky picture taken by Mr Bennett which had the name of the man we were looking for on it) and our expert guide and ten minutes later we were at a little known Cemetary just south of Ypres.  Even then it took Mr Stevenson’s keen eye to spot the grave as the soldier we were looking for had used a false name when he signed up.  Luckily for us the grave had both his service name and in small script above, his real name was recorded.

This impromptu exploration meant we were now near Hill 60,  a large crater created by huge explosions underground by British troops (the explosion could be felt it was said in London) so we changed plans and called in to see it.

After a very busy day we had time to stop and buy chocolate before returning for a meal.

It was back on with the coats though very quickly as we went out to see the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

We returned back to the hotel and just when they thought they could stop it was Corporal Quinn and Sergeant Major Snowdon’s turn to take over with a poetry writing session inspired by today.  The poems were amazing.

We have just as busy day planed tomorrow so it won’t be long before bed time

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Any Old Iron(s)!?

The OMS Golf Club is going from strength to strength with the club now expanded to two lunch times a week to accommodate demand.  We are even considering another lunch club for those young golfers who have a little more experience of playing.

The problem with success is that it comes at a price.  Despite purchasing some clubs and then some very generous donations we are limited to how many people can come due to a lack of clubs.

We are desperately looking for any clubs, chipping nets etc… that we can use.  For most of our learners we use ‘almost golf balls’ which fly the same but are lighter however, some of our better golfers do use real balls, at present we have a good store of these due to another generous donation.

The ultimate aim is to purchase some driving nets to allow fuller swing practice for some of our more able golfers.

If you, or you know anyone who, can help this club keep growing please contact Mr Bennett directly.

The club is there to let our young people try and experience golf in a safe and fun environment.  We always promote going along to a local club for experienced PGA coaching to improve their game.  If you have any links with local clubs and have any information we can pass onto our learners please contact the school.

Thank you!

 

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