: Down Memory Lane
2nd December 2010
there is a common thread amongst the “founding fathers”
it is that we all worked at one time for the erstwhile
Provincial Insurance Company, which had its head office
in Kendal. Indeed, I still remember the 1969 day
was interviewed for my job, in an office overlooking
the river. There were salmon leaping up the weir,
the sun was shining on the distant fells and I was hooked-
I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else- no matter
what the job!!
should have been nine of us ex-Provites for our Christmas
outing but, sadly, Graham blistered his feet in training
and had to withdraw. The remaining eight met up
for a nostalgic trip down a snow covered memory lane.
first objective was Yealand Manor, which
used to be our training centre where several
of us had passed many happy days and nights.
interest was more esoteric- he had been
instrumental in setting up the remote computing
and disaster recovery centre in a purpose
built building in the grounds.
as the Manor is now privately owned, a discrete
approach from the rear was needed.
Life Assurance advert
we parked the cars at Yealand Storrs and made our way
through the woods to the rear of the house.
me" says Philip
main buildings looked pretty much as I remembered them
but the computer centre was nowhere to be seen. Vanished.
Gone. You can see where it was from the
Google Maps photo of the site.
Bryan and I dropped down into the village (Yealand Conyers-
one of Lancashire’s prettiest) and then back up through
the footpath into the grounds- a route trodden many
an evening on our way back from the New Inn!
rejoined the others, we climbed up through the woods
to emerge in an open space topped by a pile of rock.
We learned subsequently that a pagoda or summer
house had stood
there many years before and that the open space had
once contained the village cricket pitch
east, Leighton Hall and the Coniston Fells came into
view and by this time it was just gone twelve.
plan had been that we would travel light and eat at
the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve café but Tony
couldn’t take that risk. Provisions had been brought
for his noon time necessities so Stan kindly remained
with him to make sure he didn’t get lost whilst the
rest of us pressed on.
then had a little mishap. He filled his mug with
the hot Bovril from his flask and put it down on the
bench beside him. Or more accurately, put it down
on the ice on the bench beside him. The ice duly
melted, the mug slid off the bench and the Bovril went
all over his shoes! Poor Tony!!
route lay past Leighton Hall, down to Grisedale and
then over the marshes of Leighton
RSPB Nature Reserve.
we crossed the marsh, a large bird flew overhead; we
were informed that it was a bittern. A robin eyed
us from close quarters.
had a look in a hide but couldn’t see anything of note
so pressed on to the café and lunch, where Tony
and Stan rejoined us. It must be the
most luxurious lunch stop to-date on a BB outing!
plan had been to carry on round Hawes Water
(no, not the Cumbrian one!) and Challon
Hall but John L’s leg was aching so we slightly
curtailed the walk.
took the direct route back to the cars whilst
the rest of us dropped down to discover
the Trowbarrow Limeworks.
quote from its fading noticeboard:
is this site so important?
is the birthplace of tarmacadam.
to think, I never knew it was there!!
we looped round to the so called Yealand Hall Allotments (basically a wooded limestone area) to rejoin John. Philip
was very relaxed on the journey home!!
had our Christmas party in the evening.
was able to join us as did Ann, Col, Joan, Jill,
Liz and Margaret.
in the Brewery, we abandoned the tradition
of inviting the ladies to dine at a different
restaurant and allowed them the honour of
sharing a room, if not a table, with us
at the New Moon.
where are you?
S was unable to dine with us but awaited
us at the Rifleman’s with the other musicians
to draw a merry day to a close.
for him, Tony opted out, untypically not
feeling up to several more pints.
you missed some free pies!!
a Christmas present from Graham to Margaret.
to see what he has sent her!
2nd December 2010
my surprise, a few days after this report was published
I received an e-mail from the owner of Yealand Manor.
At first I wondered if we had done something naughty,
although, from what I could recall, we had stuck strictly
to public footpaths. However, it transpired that
he was known to one of the members of our distribution
list who had forwarded it to him out of interest. By
coicidence, he was that day trying to trace the exact
route of the electiricity cables that had joined the
Manor to the back-up generator at the now demolished
computer centre and wondered if we could help.
Bryan hadn't been involved at the stage of laying the
cables but knew who had and has passed the information
strangely rewarding to know that our little outings
can provide such a value added service!
2nd December 2010
climbed in feet:
Manor, Leighton Hall,
Don, John L, John S,
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