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Carillon Chimes
The Newsletter of the Carillon Tower and War Museum

December 2011                                                       Issue No. 14                                   
 
From the Chairman

If it’s not to early, Merry Christmas to you all. Once again a busy month, I spent the day at RAF Waddington’s Heritage Centre as part of some training I am attending on collections management, we had two school visits, the university ‘Action Team’ helped us out, a recruiting session for volunteers on a special project, a market stall, a conducted tour of potential recruits and the production of some new ‘Object Labels’ these are the boards with the story of the objects – and this is the ‘close season.’

Just one more thing to do this year, some small tasks in the museum 1330hrs 6th December. Contact me for details.

Diary Dates - December

1st December till 24th December at Charnwood Museum. ‘Yule like it! Gallery Trail.’ Solve a festive puzzle by finding hidden clues. Free
4th December 1100hrs at the University running track. Santa Fun Run 6k. Ring Teresa Sanders on 01509 266544 ext 1 for details.
6th December 1330hrs at the Carillon. Setting up two cabinets and general clean up. All welcome.
10th December at Charnwood Museum. Lantern making, suitable for 3+ £2.50 pre-book: museum@charnwood.gov.uk
25th December my phone will be switch off.

Recruiting Session

As part of our long term plan to put he collection on the computer, we are being helped by an organisation, VIP Leicestershire, they will recruit volunteers and train them in he skills needed to photograph and catalogue the objects in the museum. We are working in partnership with the Old Rectory and the museum at the Steam Trust. On 23rd Nov they held a very successful recruiting session at the library and signed up about 30 potential volunteers. These potential volunteers are to be given a conducted tour of the three museums on 6th December and the first training session on 7th December at Snibston.

The Christmas Market

On Sunday 27th November, the day the Christmas lights were switched on, we had a stall on the Christmas market, selling the Christmas cards (see below) and a number of other items kindly donated by Mr Kevin Mitchell, a frequent visitor to the Carillon.

We also had a small display about the Christmas Truce 1914 and a separate display to recruit volunteers. There is a photo on ‘Flikr’ click on:  flic.kr/p/aLvJvZ   the day was a real success, raising both money and the profile of the museum

Carillon in the News

Loughborough Echo 4th Nov. Picture and story of the winners of the Colouring Competition and an appeal for the one winner we were unable to contact, Scarlett Hart age 4. Do you know her?

BBC1 7th Nov. Feature on the, ‘Inside Out’ programme about the, ‘Grateful Villages’ villages that have no war memorial. The BBC have sent us the DVD if you would like a copy please let me know.

Loughborough Echo 24th Nov Story of the university volunteers; see article below.
In the same issue the Sea Cadets visiting Herbert Goulden’s grave. We are having Herbert as our central display next season.

Carillon Protected by Smart Water

The bronze tablets commemorating the fallen of the two World Wars have been marked with ‘Smart Water’ the full story will appear in the next issue. On the day I wrote this a 42 year old woman was convicted of stealing the plaque from a war memorial in London, she sold it for £15.00. That’s right! £15.00.

The Leicestershire Yeomanry Room Important Changes

The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the Leicestershire Yeomanry. The collection was built up over the years by the volunteers and is a great tribute to the regiment. A change in the way the collection is managed in future has been agreed with the relevant parties including the museum service and the Leicestershire Yeomanry Association. If you want details of the changes please email: carillonmuseum@gmail.com

Carillon Christmas Cards

     We have produced a Christmas card this year and not only will we be sending it to all those who have helped us through the year but we are selling them as well.

It is A5 size with a glossy photo picture of the Carillon and park under snow. The picture was taken by a local man, Dr Brian Negus, what is remarkable is that Brian is registered blind.
The printing was done by Rawlins School Reprographics Department.

The cards with envelope are 50p each and any profits will go to the War Memorial Museum Trust. The verse inside says:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!

                             Henry Longfellow

Email or phone me if you want copies.

Carillon Presentation

I recently gave a presentation on the building of the Carillon, the first suggestions, the decision, raising the money and the grand opening. I took along a couple of objects from the museum and finished the talk by explaining the story behind them. I must have gone reasonable well as I was immediately booked for another group. I have made a couple of small adjustments and I am ready to do it again

If you know of any group, I am particularly interested in people who would not normally have the opportunity to access the Carillon, that would be prepared to listen to me for 45mins then please let me know. It is a power point presentation with plenty of pictures. There is a flyer at the end of this newsletter.

The ‘A’ Team at the Carillon

Volunteers from ‘Loughborough Students Action’ turned up at the Carillon Tower & War Memorial Museum to help out the regular volunteers in moving two of the displays and to make a start in putting the collection onto the computer.

The students, as well bringing with them a level of fitness that enabled them to carry objects up and down the stairs all afternoon were also able to photograph objects and input     
     information onto the computer, they were a great help.

Jack Garnham, one of the volunteers, said afterwards, “We all had an amazing experience and learnt a lot from the day. It was great to see all of the artefacts and we enjoyed engaging in the community in a project like this so close to Armistice Day.”

This project is part of a larger project to put the whole of the collections of three Loughborough museums, the Carillon War Memorial Museum, Rectory Place and the Great Central Railway Museum on to the computer.

Humour in Uniform

A young man, having passed the tests to join the Royal Navy, was at the interview stage.

Petty Officer, “Tell me. Why do you want to join the Navy?”

Recruit, “My father thought it would be a good idea sir”
Petty Officer, “He did, did he, and what does he do for a living?”
Recruit, “He’s in the Army sir!”

Royal Leicestershire Regiment Website

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment, 47 years after their amalgamation into the Royal Anglian Regiment, have just set up their own website, it has a database of soldiers who have served in the regiment, ‘Have You a Tiger in Your Family’ although the names are there, the regiment acknowledges that information about them is pretty thin. We, of course have a lot of information about those men, well over 200 of the 478 names of the fallen from WW1 on our memorial served in the Leicesters’ I will be feeding in that information over the coming months but I urge you to look up your relations who served in the Leicesters’ and see if there is anything you can add. The system is very simple. Link (www.royalleicestershireregiment.org.uk)

Items in the Museum

The Second Boer War (1899 – 1902) was fought between Great Britain and the two Afrikaan (Boer) republics: Transvaal and Orange Free State.

Although the total British and Commonwealth military strength in South Africa reached nearly 500,000 men, whereas the Boers could muster no more than about 88,000 the British were fighting in a hostile country over difficult terrain, with long lines of communications.

     We have a hankercheif presented as a souvenier of the battle in that war.

On the evening of Tuesday 23rd January, 1900, 1,700 British troops prepared to attack a hill in South Africa known as Spion kop. They were on their way to relieve the siege of the town of Ladysmith (The Leicestershire Regiment were among the troops trapped inside Ladysmith) The attack was a disaster and many lives were lost.

The first football terrace to be referred to as the ‘Kop’ was at Arsenal. A local newsman likened the silhouette of fans standing on a newly raised bank of earth to soldiers standing atop the hill at the Battle of Spion Kop. Two years later, in 1906, the Liverpool Echo noted of a new open-air embankment at Anfield: "This huge wall of earth has been termed 'Spion Kop'.

Many of the labourers who worked on the stand at Anfield (Liverpool FC) had fought at Spion Kop and  the steep embankment reminded them of the hill where they had lost so many of their comrades so to commemorate the fallen, the stand was called ‘The Kop’.

Right; the memorial to the fallen, buried where they fell, in the long shallow trench they had managed to dig on the ‘Spion Kop’.    

And Finally

Please keep your contributions coming and feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested or print it off and pass it on.

Email: carillonmuseum@gmail.com  

The Free Advert:

     
Presentation on Loughborough’s Carillon Tower & War Memorial.

By Mel Gould


Even before the Great War ended the subject of a fitting memorial for Loughborough’s fallen had been raised in council.

This is the story of an inspirational idea, the raising of the money and the final grand opening.

An illustrated talk lasting about 45mins

Plus

An explanation of the story behind some of the              objects from the museum.

To book email: carillonmuseum@gmail.com

Or ring 01509 230603 (home)


The talk is free but you may wish to consider making a small donation to the War Memorial Museum, a museum that is run entirely by volunteers and is almost totally reliant on donations.



           
Carillon Chimes
The Newsletter of the Carillon Tower and War Museum

November 2011                                                       Issue No. 13                                   
 
From the Chairman

The season may have ended but we have still have things to do. A number of projects are in progress with the aim of, ‘Telling the story more effectively’ we have been fortunate to secure the help of a group of volunteers organised by the museum service to help us in our other aim, to get the collection on the computer.

In the meantime school visits continue and if you know of any organisation or club that would like to visit during the close season please let us know.

Diary Dates - October

5th November ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, Queens Park at 10am
6th November 11am till 4pm at Donington le Heath Manor House. ‘And their Country found them ready’ the Great War remembered. Free,
11th November 1045hrs a short service at the Carillon to mark Armistice Day
13th November Remembrance Sunday, the parade starts at 1030 from John Storer House
19th November 11am till 4pm at Donington le Heath Manor House. ‘Stand by your beds’ the story of National Service. Free.
27th November stall at the Christmas Market, still need volunteers even if you can only do an hour.

Mr Peter Sellars Retires from Committee

     Peter has been a long serving volunteer at the Carillon but has finally called it a day. In gratitude for his long service with the carillon volunteers the committee presented him with an engraved whisky glass.

After the presentation he explained how much he had enjoyed his time as a volunteer having seen the museum grow year on year and wished the committee and the volunteers all the very best for the future.

To see Peter marching in the French village of Berles au Bois
click on: Dick Read - la cérémonie version Internet.mp4  It is however in French.

Carillon in the News

28th October edition of the Loughborough Echo carried a story about a wallet we have in our collection. It was given to returning soldiers from Mountsorrel after WW1 unfortunately it does not appear on the online edition so I cannot give you the link.


The Leicestershire Yeomanry Room Important Changes

The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the Leicestershire Yeomanry. The collection was built up over the years by the volunteers and is a great tribute to the regiment. A change in the way the collection is managed in future has been agreed with the relevant parties including the museum service and the Leicestershire Yeomanry Association.

 If you want details of the changes please email: carillonmuseum@gmail.com

Remembrance –Why Have Two Days?

This item appear in the very first issue a year ago when we only had a dozen readers so I thought I would re-print it now with Remembrance Sunday coming up.

After the Great War the sacrifice made by the fallen was remembered on November 11th, ‘Armistice Day’ each year. At the outbreak of WW2 there was concern that because the 11th November could fall on a weekday it would interrupt production of war supplies. It was agreed therefore that for the duration of the war the act of remembrance would be held on the second Sunday in November, ‘Remembrance Sunday’.

At the end of the war the subject of remembrance of the fallen was re-visited but by coincidence the 11th fell on a Sunday that year so it was decided the official day of remembrance would be held each year on the second Sunday in November, ‘Remembrance Sunday’.

 BBC Film at the Carillon

     On Saturday a team from BBC4 spent the afternoon filming at the Carillon, the programme present was Richard Taylor, a delightful man who was truly impressed with the building. They were making a documentary about bells and filmed and interviewed Caroline at length, she must have played the theme from ‘East enders’ a dozen times.

They have promised us a copy of the programme when it is complete and I hope that I will be able to tell you when the programme is screened. The Echo article click on: BBC film crew puts the spotlight on the Carillon

A few days later a German film crew were at the Carillon, they came to film the largest of the bells, the Denison Bell in connection with the band AC/DC.

AC/DC's "Hells Bell" is an actual replica of the Denison Bell, The Denison bell is a 4 ton bell, and the band decided to have a one ton replica bell cast. The bell was cast by J. Taylor and Sons, and stamped with the AC/DC Logo and “Hells Bell” as the band requested.

Attempts at recording the Denison bell for the “Back In Black” album failed after the flutter of flying pigeons that were nesting in the tower disrupted the mobile recording sessions. Time was cut close, but the finished cast of AC/DC's new Hells Bell was ready in just enough time, so they were able to record the toll of this bell instead.
Colouring Competition

During the summer we ran a colouring competition for children, colouring in pictures of the Carillon. The judges selected five winners from the different age groups. Each of the winners received a gift voucher from us and a set of rather sophisticated colouring pens donated by Geoff Toys.

Only three of the five winners were able to attend the presentation Megan, aged 5, lives in Huddersfield, she was visiting Loughborough when she entered the competition and Scarlett Hart aged 4  who we     
were unable to contact, Do you know Scarlett if so please contact me.

Humour in Uniform

I didn’t join the Army voluntary; I was called up to do my National Service. So I wasn’t going to make life easy for anyone. During my medical examination, the Medical Officer asked softly, "Can you read the letters on the wall?"
"What letters?" I answered slyly.
"Good," said the doctor. "You passed the hearing test."

Items in the Museum

Replacing the feature, ‘Loughborough’s Hidden History’ this monthly feature will try to tell the story of some of the artefacts held by the museum, often unassuming and unnoticed they all have a story to tell. The first item is a Turkish belt buckle recently donated to the museum, which we believe, was brought back from Mesopotamia. (Iraq) after WW1.

In the summer of 1915 a British force in Mesopotamia (Iraq) under the command of Major Gen Townsend had forced the Turks back to the outskirts of Baghdad but with his supply lines stretched to breaking point and the Turks putting up more resistance the force faltered and drew back to the town of Kut Al Amara on the River Tigris. He had suffered some considerable losses and was down to about 13000 soldiers and camp followers, 4 days later the Turks arrived and besieged the town.     

In January 1916 a relief force of some 19000 men including the 2nd Leicesters set out to push back the Turks and relieve the garrison at Kut. Townsend was to send a number of contradictory reports about how many days supplies he had, which was to put pressure on the relieving force. The relieving force was poorly funded there was never enough transport, food, ammunition, artillery or medical supplies and this skinflint attitude would cost the soldier on the ground dearly.

Just two days after the initial contact 900 British and 2500 Indians had been admitted to the medical units. At one medical post 2000 sick and wounded were being cared for by just three medical officers, rations had been dumped there but there were no personnel to distribute them and the medical officers spent their time issuing rations instead of dressing wounds. Many of the casualties died of fatigue, exposure and hunger.

All efforts to reach Kut and the besieged garrison failed and finally after 147 days, on April 29, 1916 with virtually no food left in Kut and the Turks refusing to allow the garrison to march out, guns were spiked, equipment destroyed and the garrison surrendered, the worst humiliation the British Army had ever suffered or was to suffer until the fall of Singapore in 1942. 1,500 had died during the siege, more than 11,000 went into captivity and the force sent to relieve them had lost 23,000 killed.

For the garrison of Kut, now prisoners of the Turks, bad as things were throughout the siege, worse was to come. Townshend himself went into a comfortable captivity, he even petitioned the British Government to send out his wife and family to join him in the villa where he was confined. They declined mindful of the suffering of the men who had been under his command. The sick, unfit, undernourished men of the garrison were force-marched, beaten, raped and robbed of their every possession, nearly 5000 of them, 1700 British and 3000 Indians were murdered by the Turks and their Arab allies. Those that survived the march were used as slave labour in Turkey mistreated and starved before being repatriated two years later. It was estimated that 70% of the British troops and 50% of the Indian had died in captivity.

The dead are comemorated on the Basra Memorial.

    
And Finally

Please keep your contributions coming and feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested or print it off and pass it on.

Email: carillonmuseum@gmail.com  

The Free Advert:

     Rawlins Community College
A musical tribute to those risking their lives in                      Iraq and Afghanistan

Will be held at the college on 9th November

In aid of Help for Heroes, the Loughborough Amateur Operatic Society will be making an appearance performing, ’One More Day’ from the West End musical Les Miserables. Two acts filled with songs appropriate to the topic of war, suffering and loss, along with uplifting and moving songs

There will also be dance numbers and drama performances.

A licensed bar will be available pre-show and during the interval

Tickets can be bought on the door at £4.00 to pre-order contact 07712 421470




Carillon Chimes No.9

The Newsletter of the Carillon Tower and War Museum 
July 2011                                                            Issue No. 9                               
   
 
From the Chairman
 

Mentioned in the last edition about the need for more volunteers and almost immediately got results, three new volunteers have started, Mr Peter Minshall, Mr David Granz and Mr Jonathan Waller. Jonathan will be going to university in September, it is especially pleasing to see such a young man volunteering his time and I hope that it proves to be a valuable experience for him.
Meeting Dates
 

Meeting of the General Committee is on 12th July at Southfields. The August meeting is on Tuesday 9th August.
Changes on Committee
 

We said goodbye in June to our two councillors, Cllr Hilary Fryer and Cllr Jane Hunt and on behalf of all the committee I want to thank them for their efforts and input whilst they served. In their place we welcome Cllr Ron Jukes and another yet to be nominated
Round Table Grant
 

Loughborough Round Table have given us a grant of £260.00 to enable us to produce some professional and robust display material so that we can develop a stall to attend events in the local area and take the museum to a wider audience, 

We are already invited to place a display in the reception area of Snibston by the Museums Forum. The display will remain in place from July till 3rd September and is a great opportunity to advertise our unique War Memorial and Museum. 

We will be displaying a collection of WW1 postcards under the title, ’Postcards as Propaganda’. We have a large collection of post cards and this will be an opportunity to show them off.

We have also been invited to share a stall with Charnwood Museum on 27th July in Queens Park during an ‘Open Day’ The theme has not yet been decided.

On 27th November we taking part in a Christmas Market to be held in Loughborough, we will be using the Christmas Truce in 1914 as our main theme but also displaying a number of other items with a Christmas connection.
 
Diary dates
 
2nd July. Jack Davis (a young man from Loughborough injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan) at the Beauchief, a fund raising event for BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association) starts at 1100hrs. Re-enactments, live bands, sideshows, raffles, auctions and a lot more.

The Loughborough Echo reports that Dame Shirley Bassey, after hearing about Jack’ fund-raising efforts, through her chauffeur, has donated her Royal Ascot outfit to be auctioned online to boost the fund.

The amount it raised will be announced on the day.
   
 

1st to 3rd July at Loughborough Baptist Church. God’s Treasure in Flowers.

10th July. Queens Park Band Stand - Melbourne Town Band

16th July till September at Snibston. Heritage exhibition. Independent museums from across the county given space in the foyer to display items from their museums. We have a display of WW1 postcards.

18th July to 24th Loughborough Carillon Week – See below

23rd July Picnic in the Park is back on after being cancelled because of rain.

24th July. Queens Park Band Stand - Nottingham Concert band

26th July 10.30am-4pm at Charnwood Museum. Explore the mysteries of the Iron Age as the Hallaton Treasure Road show visits the Museum! Learn more about the treasure and enjoy some children's activities - you can even stamp your own coin!

FREE No booking required.

27th July. Queens Park, Open day for a number of local organisations. We have a stall.
Pte John Attenborough
Your browser may not support display of this image.     During the research on the three men who have been added to the Carillon War Memorial since WW2 I had occasion to speak to Mrs Brenda Myers, the sister of John Attenborough who was killed in Cyprus in 1956 whilst serving with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

During our conversation I discovered she had not received the Elizabeth Cross (pictured) I am happy to report that the association of the Royal Leicesters’ have now been in touch with her and have sent her the

application form. The medal is normally presented at a ceremony and I hope to be able to bring you details of the presentation to Brenda.

 

The history lesson: The award was created to provide national recognition for the families of Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism since WW2. The Elizabeth Cross is made of hallmarked silver and is in the form of a cross with a laurel wreath passing between the arms. The arms of the Cross bear floral symbols representing England (Rose), Scotland (Thistle), Ireland (Shamrock) and Wales (Daffodil). The centre of the Cross bears the crowned Cypher of Her Majesty The Queen. The reverse of the Cross is engraved with the name of the Service person in whose memory it is granted.
Church Langton School
 

Following a visit by the pupils of Church Langton Primary School, the children were asked to design a brochure advertising the museum that would appeal to children, I was amazed at the standard of work they are obviously far more computer literate than I am. Peter Crooks was asked to judge the best of the brochures and they were then put on display in the window of our office in New Street.

The winners were; Year 5; Felicia Hynard, Year 6; Tom Cocking.
Carillon in the News
 

Each year a week of recitals is held to commemorate the opening of the tower in July 1923. This year it will be from Monday 18th July to Sunday 24th July with recitals taking place at 13:00 to 14:00 every day, except Sunday, when the recital will be at 15:30 to 16:30. This year we welcome guests from all over the UK to play recitals.
There is a poster attached to this newsletter, if you have the opportunity please print it off and display it. The link to the website is: Loughborough Carillon
 

Managed a mention in the 17th June Edition, with reference to the closing down of the Crown & Cushin pub. The pub was badly damaged during the zeppelin raid of 1916. It of course re-opened; where the Kaiser failed Newton & Ridley have succeeded. See Loughborough’s Hidden History for another part of the story.
Humour in Uniform
 
 
Your browser may not support display of this image.     Mr Harold Butler of Loughborough passed this story to me; Harold served in the Royal Leicesters’ in Sudan and Cyprus in the 50s.

Sgt. ‘Pablo’ Grant was on night training and was not best pleased; the platoon was doing a night stalk. A lamp would be placed out at some distant point and we would, using the cover available and stealth, creep up and see how close to the lamp we could get without being spotted by the guards positioned with the lamp. Off went Sgt Grant and his small party and after a suitable interval we were dispatched, bent back through the bushes, monkey run through the ferns and finally crawling inch by inch through the wet grass towards the location of the lamp.

On reaching the place where we thought the lamp should be,

we could see nothing, but as we lay there in the darkness came the sound of Sgt Grant’s voice, “I am a Lamp……I am a lamp……I am a lamp…. cause they forgot the bloody paraffin”.
Profile of a Volunteer

In last months edition I suggested that volunteer Jim Nasmyth did not look old enough to have served in Italy in WW2.

Here however is a photo of Jim on his motorbike and he assures me it was taken in Italy and not in his backyard.
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Loughborough’s Hidden History
Your browser may not support display of this image.     Set in the gutter, unloved, unnoticed and unrecognised this small granite cross has even suffered the indignity of having a yellow line painted across it but it marks a night of terrible tragedy for the people of Loughborough.

On the evening of 31st January 1916 a German Zeppelin, the L20, appeared in the night sky over Loughborough, 179 yards long and so low that some people claimed they could see the green glow of the instrument panel. It must have been have been a terrifying sight. 

Loughborough, unlike most other towns had no blackout, the Gaiety Theatre lit up like a Christmas Tree was the brightest light in town but it was the Technical College building in Green Close lane and Morris’s factory on Empress Road that caught the L20s attention. Both buildings had zig zag roofs (and still have) but in those days they were glazed to allow maximum daylight in. The college was full of night school students and unfortunately the building had been mistaken for a factory.

Two bombs were dropped and both missed their intended target before the Zeppelin turned towards Empress Road, again two bombs were dropped, one fell harmlessly into an orchard but the second landed in Empress Road wreaking havoc.

Five people were killed in Empress Road including Mrs Mary Page and her son Joseph and daughter Elsie, (her husband was away serving with the army and survived the war.) They lay dead on the pavement outside their home, across the street the body of Arthur Turnall lay, Arthur was still breathing but he was to die later that night in hospital. In the shop on the corner of Judges Street the shopkeeper, Josiah Gilbert was breathing his last; a large piece of shrapnel had tore into his chest. He was comforted in his dying moments by his young son and a salesman who had been in the shop at the time.

 

Today as well as the Maltese Cross in the gutter the shrapnel marks are still quite visible on the wall at number 83 Empress Road and the OBE’s of Beatrice Smith and Ernest Stubley, who remained in Morris’s factory switching off the lights as the zeppelin hovered overhead are displayed in the Carillon Museum.

As a footnote to the June Edition of the Chimes. Mr Peter Crooks pointed out that Charles Frederick Ball is also commemorated with a bed of Escallonia Rubra in the grounds of the Loughborough Grammar School.

Recollections of the Carillon Museum. (Mr Peter Crooks’s memories of the development of the Carillon Museum)

I shall now fast forward to 1992 and a smoke filled room in The Wheatsheaf pub very close to our New Street store, and where decisions on the future of the museum were made. We were completely independent of Charnwood Museum, and of Charnwood Borough Council.

I had not at that time been invited to join committee but willingly joined in the spirit of the Museum. A friend of mine had offered me a model Spitfire that had crashed and was no longer able to be flown. I thought it would be an excellent object for the Museum as at that time, and still are, very short of RAF memorabilia. The Chairman at the time asked me to proceed with my contacts and get the Spitfire repaired and into the museum. This took close to 2 years and the modeller concerned said it would have been easier to build from new. However doing that we would have lost the ambience. When the repairs were complete we had a superb model in the colours of local ace Johnny Johnson and it now hangs in the Airborne Room.

During this period the Museum Secretary was organising a large parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Tower. Outside organisations were invited to take part and the Loughborough Radio Club set up a station inside and outside the tower, and using the special call sign GB70CT contacted stations worldwide and generated much publicity for the tower and Loughborough. 

In the next instalment details will be given of the progress of the Museum over the past 2 decades. 

And Finally

Please keep your contributions coming and feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested or print it off and pass it on.

Email: carillonmuseum@gmail.com  
Quorn Village On-line Museum

This museum opened its virtual doors in July 2009. The aim of the museum is to document the history of Quorn and to provide an archive of local information that is not only of value to the local or family historian, but will also give pleasure to the casual browser. Hours of painstaking transcription and research has gone into bringing you this unique repository of village information. 
 
We rely on your input to further develop this museum website. If you feel that you have information to contribute, please contact us.

 
Click on the link: Quorn Village On-line Museum, Leicestershire, UK
 
 
 

LOUGHBOROUGH CARILLON WEEK 2011July 18th to 24th

To commemorate the opening of Loughborough’s War Memorial and Carillon Tower, in July 1923, we welcome visiting carillonneurs for a week of special recitals.

Monday 18th July, 1pm              Trevor Workman - Bournville

Tuesday 19th July, 1pm              Ian Cassells - Perth

Wednesday 20th July, 1pm  Caroline Sharpe

Thursday 21st July, 1pm             Caroline Sharpe

Friday 22nd July, 1pm             Michael Boyd - Saltley

Saturday 23rd July, 1pm            John Ridgeway-Wood - York

Sunday 24th July, 3.30pm           Anthony Brooks - St Helens

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The memorial tower will be open for visitors each afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm-4.30pm.  Climb up the tower to watch the carillonneurs in action, or enjoy the music from the park.
 
 


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