As I was walking back to my old school today on a bright and sunny morning it occurred to me that it is now 40 years ago since I left on a similar sunny day to head off university, the big wide world and the rest of my life.
Well, today was Dinnington’s turn so I went along to help.
It was moving to see so many enthusiastic youngsters grab hold of the engineering challenge posed in an introductory video featuring Ricky Feather. The teams had a really busy day – starting with a design brief and producing working prototypes by early afternoon.
Although I was delighted that in the opinion of the judge my old school house Osborne had won the day (and the chance to visit the National Cycling Centre in Manchester), I’d like to congratulate all those who took part. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and that you will remember this experience for many years to come. I’d also like to thank Deputy Head Chris Eccles for taking up my suggestion of holding this event at Dinnington and the support provided by the teaching staff.
The Faraday Challenge Day mini-season is being held at a number of schools in the Yorkshire region over the next few weeks, and will go nationwide to visit another 60+ schools from September. If you think you can assist the delivery team as a volunteer or would like to find out how a school near you might host an event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
With the recent announcement of the Tour De France route for 2014 we’ve now just one room left for the weekend of the Yorkshire Grand Départ in July 2014.
If you would like to stay at Throapham House for the nights of the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014 and experience any difficulty with using our on-line reservation system then please contact us directly (01909 562208) to avoid disappointment.
During this period we will require you to book a minimum 3 night stay which includes all of the nights of 4 through 6 July.
Breakfast will be served earlier on 5th and 6th July to allow guests to travel to the race routes.
I’m looking forward to playing in Doncaster tomorrow night (19 October) with Hallgate Chamber Orchestra in a concert with Hatfield Colliery Band at the United Reform Church. It’s a varied programme of music and includes one of the favourite pieces from my teenage years – “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At an Exhibition”. Back then the Dinnington High School orchestra used to perform a simplified arrangement of this but I preferred the Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) version – one of the tracks that inspired my career in electronics and love of ‘prog rock’. I last heard this played by the Carl Palmer Band at Clumber Park in 2012.
Tomorrow’s performance will be the first time I’ve played the full piece and with orchestra, brass band and church organ – something like 60 musicians in total. In a fairly small venue this should be good fun and very loud!
It will also be nice to accompany Vanessa Frampton again following a lovely concert at the Mansion House earlier this year.
Ann and Robert celebrate their White Rose Awards nomination
We’re both delighted to have been shortlisted for the third year running for this prestigious award. Having opened on our wedding anniversary exactly seven years ago this made another lovely reason for us to celebrate the day.
We’re sure to be facing stiff competition again so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope to make it third time lucky for South Yorkshire!
Here are some photos from the previous awards ceremonies in 2011 and 2012. Look out for the brilliant photo of Ann and me together with Sara and Catherine from the 2011 finals in Doncaster.
The scaffolding finally went up at Throapham House two weeks ago and a welcome period of fine weather has allowed work to progress swiftly. We expect most of the external work to be complete by the end of September and it’s nice now to see things taking shape. The original second floor servant’s quarters will make some attractive additional rooms and with modern day insulation and roof lights will be a lot warmer and brighter than when the house was originally built.
Guests to Throapham House during this period will find turning space a little restricted in our car park so we will help to guide you out, but otherwise there is less disruption than we expected.
The photo shows the roof slates removed above our guest lounge. There will shortly be a new roof window in here which will give some fine views across Dinnington.
We’ve had a busy few days at Throapham with many of our guests attending the St Leger Festival taking place at nearby Doncaster Racecourse this week. Over breakfast I’ve been telling some of the local history associated with the oldest of Britain’s five classic horse-races and it now seems that Frankie Dettori will be in nearby Firbeck on Saturday morning ahead of this year’s race to unveil a plaque to commemorate Anthony St Leger’s connections with our area.