GMS Notes No.45. March 2012

The Great Mongeham Website

tom_BarwickOur website continues to grow. I have added another three chapters to the Village History and have nearly finished the first book (up to 1800). There is also an article contributed by Helen Barwick Middleditch whose forebears emigrated to Tasmania. The photograph shows her great grandfather who migrated from Great Mongeham. Other articles have been added relating to village history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have not included photographs because this has been done so much better by members Chris Saville on his Village Newsletter website and by Paul Wells whose link will be on the website.




From time to time people come to my rescue when I need a photo for the Notes. This month Paul Wells has come to my rescue with his photo of the combine harvester. He has other fine pictures of the village at the following website. 

Wildflower of the Month


DaisyI have put off writing about the daisy (Bellis perennis), waiting for a time when Icould find no alternative. For the ubiquitous daisy can bee seen throughout the year provided there is just a little warmth, and can be seen in many places. Sometimes known as the lawn daisy to distinguish it from others, such as the oxeye daisy, it is the first flower which comes to mind when the word “daisy” is mentioned.

The flowers are edible, so can be used in salads, although not the best flavoured of salad flowers. There are a large number of purported medicinal uses. According to Wikipedia the surgeons who accompanied Roman legions into battle would order their slaves to pick sacks full of daisies in order to extract their juice. Bandages soaked in this juice were then used to bind sword and spear cuts.   



Last Month’s Meeting

Sajjads_talk_2Sajjad certainly extended our minds last month as he expounded on the philosophy of the controversial architect Christopher Alexander. Sometimes his enthusiasm left us behind as he took us into the intricacies of pattern language and a theory of what constitutes beauty.

A lively debate ensued which continued well into the refreshment break. Perhaps there would have been greater understanding if the theory had related more to the architecture of Alexander.



March Meeting




After leading us on a very successful farm walk the summer before last Matt Solley will give us a talk on “Farming Today”. We were all very impressed by the hi-tech nature of modern farming, involving global positioning and automated navigation. The small farm is a thing of the past. Small acreages are not suited to modern farming techniques. Matt will tell us how much farming has changed since the horse drawn ploughs and hayricks of the early twentieth century.

The meeting will be at the Village Hall at 7.30 on Thursday 15th March. 

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