On Wednesday 4th October, 40 members of Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group and friends from the Bassetlaw branch of Parkinson’s UK had a really pleasant cruise on the River Trent, including a scrumptious afternoon tea. Members can highly recommend such an enjoyable afternoon — even the weather was kind and this was definitely a trip to be repeated.
On Friday 6th October some of the group’s Parkinson’s friends joined members to hear George Buchanan talk to us about the history of Hodsock Priory. Although the history is chequered, it is a mystery why it is called a Priory as no church or Priory has ever been built on the land, which has been owned for the past 200 years by the Buchanan family (one name change during that period). Most of you will be familiar with the snowdrops, and perhaps the bluebells, but this time of the year is also quite spectacular.
As a child, George was able to rummage through attics etc and came across an old suitcase, which he took with him to the talk and which held the costume worn by a family member to a grand fancy dress ball held by the Duchess of Devonshire at Devonshire House in London. The costume was perfectly preserved and photographs were produced, both of the wearer (in 1897) and the costume of the Duchess which have been displayed in various venues. The Priory also boasts around 1,000 willow trees from which test match standard cricket bats are produced, and exported all over the world. This was an interesting talk, one which members did not wish to end.
On Friday 3rd November, Kevin Murphy wall talk to Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group about ‘A Prisoner of War for Christmas’ at Retford Hospital Collington Rooms at 2.00pm. All are welcome. For more information call Pat Broskom on 01909 562361.