2021 News

Phil Dunnington - RIP

Phil has brought great delight to many balloon pilots over the years and created some great spectacles for many people at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta and during his flights.  He will be sadly missed from the ballooning world, his knowledge and skills were amazing.

I am so pleased I was able to share some brief time with him during a very memorable flight.  A great day out. 

Thank you Phil.

Parsons’ Pumpkin Patch - 07.10.21

Parsons’ Pumpkin Patch is opening their pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch on seleted weekends in October.

The small, family run farm in Milston, near Bulford and Durrington, is inviting visitors to come and pick their pumpkins for taking home to carve or cook.

It is opening this weekend, October 9 to 10, and will also be open on the weekend between October 16 and 17, and October 23 and 24. 

The pumpkins come in all different shapes and sizes and you can purchase as many as you like. 


Salisbury Plain 100KM Challenge - 22.09.21
I met this lovely group of people today out on the Plain.  Another 'It's a wonder what you see on the Plain' moment!  I understand that they are taking part in the Salisbury Plain 100KM Challenge.
A little about the challenge extracted from:
The Salisbury Plain 100km Challenge takes place this month and will raise money for SSAFA and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The challenge consists of a 100km walk over 5 days around the Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire between 20 - 24 September.
On Monday 20 September, the fundraising event will begin at Warminster and finish on Friday 24 September at West Hill Farm, near Warminster.
Participants, who can choose to take part in one or more days, will walk approximately 20km per day around the Training Area using open paths and bye-ways across the landscape.
On the fifth and final day, the challenge will include a 2km wheelchair accessible route for those with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), and a picnic at the end, provided by catering company Elior UK.
The walk has been created by local Army veteran, David Rose, who was diagnosed with MND in 2020, to raise awareness of the disease.
Despite the pandemic, David and his wife, Isabel, have received first class support from the MND Association and the NHS. As a result, he is keen to give something back to the organisations who have supported him, while he still can.
A keen supporter of SSAFA and the MND Association, David and his friends aim to raise £10,000 for them by taking on the 100km walk.
The challenge also aims to raise awareness of MND: there is a 1 in 300 risk of being diagnosed with the disease, which is life-shortening and has no cure. However, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life.

Bill Bailey - RIP

Bill Bailey, 81, died on 19th July after years of service to the City of Bath's Parks and Green spaces.

I was extremely privileged to have spent over 20 years in Bath and spent many hours with Bill, working on some of what I considered very high profile events.

The annual flower show, the balloon fiesta, Bath in Bloom and the Southwest and National in Bloom competitions were always Bill’s favourite events.

Bill knew everyone in the city involved with these events and even made it part of his tasks to drive myself around the routes on the judging days to be able to obtain the press photographs etc.

He was also very heavily involved with all the ceremonial events, for the memorial days, services and parades.  These were a new venture to me but Bill was always very reassuring and introduced me to many of the VIPs etc present.

One thing I never cured Bill of was that he always introduced me as Mr Hargrave, despite many times telling him to drop the title, after all he was king of the knowledge state in Bath etc, I was just a junior.

When I started out in the horticultural world, Bath Parks was just something to always head for and look up to, as it was renown as one of the capital places in the Country.  I never dreamt that I would ever be working there, but I have to admit, it was all I had heard about it and more.

Bill seamed to be my shadow the moment I arrived there and to spend all those years there with him and his team was a real eye opener, he was so calm and helped me so very much.  As we were on our travels, he showed me so many places of heritage interest etc, , this made everything so interesting and could have easily been missed without his input.

Like others have said, he was always there helping, organising things and then he had this knack of taking a back stage approach and watching from the side lines, when he really was the one making things work.

A sad loss, but he will never be forgotten, as everything I have done in Bath he was usually there near my side.

These photographs were taken at the BBC live morning breakfast programme to commemorate the 50 years of Bath in Bloom and Bill’s achievements.  

Those in the photographs were Jekka McVicar Author, Broadcaster and award-winning organic gardening expert renowned for her knowledge of herbs.   

The TV interviewer was  BBC TV news outside breakfast reporter John McQuire.

Work on Salisbury Plain - February 2021 
A project started last week to move a considerable amount of excess chalk and soil from Tidworth and Bulford to Ludgershall. This movement is due to run for the next few months, using Volvo Moxy frame-steer dump trucks, which hold 40 tonnes each.
They were running from Bulford Droveway to Ludgershall, using the concrete road from Gate 17, across the A338 at DD Crossing (just north of Tidworth), through Old Fowler Barracks and dumping behind the new estate at Ludgershall.
The next phase ran from Bulford, heading north from Old Carter Barracks, joining the Southern Transit Route (the track that is currently being worked on), past the Cross Country Driving Area, and then following the same route as before.

Larry Coles - RIP

I was very sad to learn that Larry Coles of the City of Bath Brass Band had passed away.

Larry was a corner stone of the Band and I had the pleasure of getting to know him over 19 years of working in Bath and covering many events that he attended.

Extract from Bath Brass Band Facebook page:
'Extremely saddened to announce the passing of Larry Coles on Saturday. Larry was a true bandsman and the life and soul of the band. His sense of humour and happy demeanour were second to none. We will miss him terribly.'

Details of his funeral were as follows:
Haycombe Crematorium, Bath
Monday 1st february 2021


Here are just a few photographs I took of Larry.

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)


    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon


  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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