Grenadier Guards parade at Aldershot’s Armed Forces Day

Desiring to celebrate our Armed Forces we chose Aldershot’s Armed Forces Day to see the parade by the Grenadier Guards.

The parade arrived at Princes Hall for an inspection of the troops, prior to a march round the centre of Aldershot. Billed as a celebration and Family Day, after the parade, and having changed their busbies Bearskins for caps, the troops enjoyed music at the bandstand in Princes Gardens.

Here are some photos of the event and a short video of the troops parading.

June 2019 local events diary recap UPDATED

I’ve mentioned eight events [now nine, plus an Aldershot event] in June happening in and around Surrey Heath. Here’s a recap of them in date sequence.

Answer to Photo Quz No.53: Duke of Wellington statue in Aldershot

I feel sure many of you will know it’s a statue of the Duke of Wellington on a horse. Though perhaps some may not know that it is located on a hill in Round Hill Park, Aldershot, next to the A325.

If you haven’t seen the statue you’ll be surprised by its size; it’s 30 feet (9.1 m) high, 26 feet (7.9 m) from the horse’s nose to tail, and 22 feet 8 inches (6.91 m) in girth.

It weighs 40 tons, and wonderfully it is mostly of solid bronze, made from the melted down French cannon captured at Waterloo. Sad to say the horse is not of Copenhagen, Wellington’s charger, although when you get up close to the statue you can see blood vessels and such.

 

A third fun day in the company of the Army

Yesterday we visited the Grenadier Day at Lille Barracks in Aldershot.  The barracks are the home of the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. So, that’ the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Day, the Royal Logistic Corps Open Day, and now the Grenadier Day. Perhaps, we need to look elsewhere for our weekend fun. But I do so love the Army, and out of curiosity, I wanted to see inside Lille barracks.

We found seats placed almost around the events arena. Would be a good idea for the RMA and RLC to do the same, We plonked ourselves down, enjoyed the events unfolding in front of us, all of which was accompanied by hot dogs, chips, and ice creams. We never did find the tea tent, though the beer tent offered a selection of beers and cider.

The whole day was a family day for the Grenadiers. What was is it that General MacArthur said, “old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. Well, there were plenty of old soldiers, and their families, at the Grenadier Day. I lost count of the number of tents for the respective branches of the Grenadier Guards Association.

I was amused by the name of the road from the Barracks entrance gate, it was called Harmes Way. Fitting I thought for those who put themselves in harm’s way. Here’s my photo montage of our visit.

Have fun with the Army. Choose your Army open day to visit this Saturday or Sunday

This weekend  you have the choice to enjoy the Royal Logistic Corps Open Day on Saturday July 8th at Deepcut, or the Grenadier Guards Day at Lille Barracks in Aldershot on Sunday 9th July.

You can, of course, go to both. The RLC Open Day on Saturday begins at 10.0 am, while the Grenadier Guards Day begins at 1.30 pm on Sunday. Here’s some information on both events. Click on images to enlarge.

Answer to Photo Quiz No.43: Queen’s Avenue Bridge over the Basingstoke Canal in Aldershot

David Parsons knew the answer. Good on him. It’s one of the lamp posts on the bridge over the Basingstoke Canal on Queen’s Avenue in Aldershot.

Queen’s Avenue is a long straight road, on which are many things to interest the passer by, with historic Army barracks, monuments, a museum, churches, and Army sporting facilities, including the bridge.

The bridge was in a very poor state of repair in the 1990’s, with rusting deck supports. The Ministry of Defence funded its restoration to enable the bridge to carry traffic up to 40 tons. The Basingstoke Canal Society website describes the history of the bridge, along with many photos of it. Here are my photos, click on images to expand.

Reminder: ’tis the season for local pantomimes

Hope I’ve captured all the details of pantomimes at the local theatre’s. They begin performances in early December, mostly until the end of December, while some run until early January. Now’s the time to make your choice and book – click on image to link directly to a theatre booking site.

sleeping-beauty_2016Sleeping Beauty at Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4RR
8th Dec 2016 to 31st Dec 2016
Website http://www.princeshall.com/

 

aladdin_2016Aladdin at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX
9th Dec 2016 to 8th Jan 2017
Website http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/

 

cinderella_2016Cinderella at Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY
6th Dec 2016 to 31st Dec 2016
Website
http://www.camberleytheatre.biz/

 

 

snow-white_2016Snow White at New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ
10th Dec 2016 to 8th Jan 2017
Website http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre/

 

‘Tis the season for Pantomimes

Hope I’ve captured all the details of pantomimes at the local theatre’s. They begin performances in early December, mostly until the end of December, while some run until early January. Now’s the time to make your choice and book – click on image to link directly to the theatre’s booking site.

sleeping-beauty_2016Sleeping Beauty at Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4RR
8th Dec 2016 to 31st Dec 2016
Website http://www.princeshall.com/

 

aladdin_2016Aladdin at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX
9th Dec 2016 to 8th Jan 2017
Website http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/

 

cinderella_2016Cinderella at Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3SY
6th Dec 2016 to 31st Dec 2016
Website http://www.camberleytheatre.biz/

 

 

snow-white_2016Snow White at New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, GU21 6GQ
10th Dec 2016 to 8th Jan 2017
Website http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre/

 

 

A Heritage Open Day visit to The Prince Consort’s Library, Aldershot

I wonder where you visited over the Heritage Open Days. We’ve been to most of the local places over the years, and some further away [type heritage open days into the search box to view the reports of our past visits].

This year we’ve only managed one heritage Open Day visit. It was to The Prince Consort’s Library in Aldershot [see also Wikipedia entry].

The Grade II listed library, built in 1860, remains very much as it was in Victorian times. Being part of the Army Library service it ‘s not open to the public, except on Heritage Open Days. I know it’s a year away till the next Open Day, but do go. Paul Vickers, the previous Librarian, gave an entertaining talk on the history of the library, and the quirky stories about the early Librarians. Here a few photos, and my video of our visit that also includes brief conversations with the current Librarian, Tim Ward.