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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 10 Mar 2015, 20:26

As it would have been Mum's birthday today my brother & I met up in Wyke and had a lovely walk through the woods. We think we found the very spot this photo was taken and managed to place the last small amount of her ashes behind the tree. Very satisfying!

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We then enjoyed a delicious lunch in a very pleasant village pub on the other side of the woods at Norwood Green. It was a good day out, I think Mum would have approved. :grin:

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Post by Gloria » 10 Mar 2015, 21:48

What a lovely thing to do, absolutely lovely.
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 10 Mar 2015, 21:56

That lane is just a sea of mud now Gloria and quite overgrown so it was a bit of a struggle for my brother to scramble up on the bank and find a suitable spot to dig the ashes in....it's a good job no one came along and discovered us!

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Post by PanBiker » 10 Mar 2015, 23:08

A nice thing to do Wendy.
Is the muddy path and overgrowth just a Winter thing? I was wondering regarding the walking route you mentioned being planned by the friends of the wood.
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Post by Stanley » 11 Mar 2015, 04:42

Lovely thing to do Wendy. She was watching you.....
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 11 Mar 2015, 08:35

"She was watching you....."
I hope not Stanley, she would think us completely mad!

Ian, the walk she describes in her letter doesn't go up that lane, but I believe there are other bits of her route that are impassable today. I hope that lane does dry out in summer, as it leads directly to the nice pub!

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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 09 Jul 2015, 08:07

I was absolutely thrilled yesterday to receive a copy of the booklet produced by The Friends of Judy Woods as a guide to the Woods in Wartime walk planned for Sunday 26th July.
They have done an excellent job using Mum's letter, old photographs and some drawings done by an artist at about the same time. It has stretched to 27 pages with a fold out map! There is even a photo of the woodsman Mum mentions meeting and the hut selling ice cream which she didn't seem to approve of.
I've scanned some sample pages:

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Post by PanBiker » 09 Jul 2015, 08:26

That's fantastic Wendy, nice to know that your mum and dad will be remembered that way and that the walk will be experienced by many more people. A tangible link to the past for you and lots of others who will now discover the story.
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Post by Stanley » 10 Jul 2015, 03:52

Lovely stuff Wendy, you must be so pleased....
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 18 Jul 2015, 11:23

We got a write up about the walk in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus on Thursday. By Thursday evening I was chatting on the phone to a childhood friend of my Mum who told me she was there when Mum & Dad met and I had got the wrong dance hall!

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Post by Stanley » 19 Jul 2015, 03:06

That assumes she is right Wendy. Everybody has gaps in their memory which they subconsciously fill in.
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 26 Jul 2015, 08:17

It's the Grand Launch of the walk this afternoon, a shame it's going to be raining but never mind I'm really looking forward to it. :grin:

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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by PanBiker » 26 Jul 2015, 08:43

Excellent Wendy, enjoy.
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Stanley » 27 Jul 2015, 04:02

I doubt if it spoiled the experience for you Wendy. Lovely outcome, I'm so pleased for you.
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Wendyf » 28 Jul 2015, 09:31

It was a lovely afternoon and despite getting wet I thoroughly enjoyed myself. We met up in the local Methodist church hall and Mary Twentyman, who has organised the whole thing, gave an introductory talk and asked me to read sections from the letter. We stopped at various places on the walk and read some more.
The photos are courtesy of The Friends of Judy Woods.

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Post by PanBiker » 28 Jul 2015, 12:51

Fantastic Wendy, glad everything went OK, looks like everyone was well prepared for the rain.
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Re: Woodland walk 1942

Post by Stanley » 29 Jul 2015, 03:37

That is a proper dog!
Nice report Wendy......
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