I’ve been mulling over Memorial benches for some time. Where appropriate or acceptable I would love to tell the stories behind the plaques on so many benches around the world.
The what3words app makes things a little easier.
For continuity I would like
1. A picture of the plaque or inscription.
2. A picture of the bench
3. A picture of the view it overlooks
4. A bio of the people whose lives are being commemorated.
5 The exact location. Better still using what3words code.
Please send me your bench stories to include them on this page.
Thursday 13th November 2019
My first bench story comes to me from a new friend. We met at a writing course organised by The Gentle Author at The Town House, Spitalfields. Liz heard me talking about wanting to write about memorial Benches and emailed me the next day.
Terry Conway was a friend of hers, and goodness me does he have a lovely bench.
The location for Terry’s bench using what3words is beyond.envy.beauty. It is just outside Allendale.
“These words are somehow very appropriate for Terry who wrote lyrical songs about the beauty of Northumberland, his bench overlooks a spectacular view” mused Liz.
Luckily for this blog Terry was the subject of a Guardian Other Lives Obituary.
There is also a YouTube link with Terry singing.
For those not interested in following links .Terry was a council roadman for 30 years and a hugely respected singer and songwriter in the Folk tradition. His day job informed and inspired his songwriting. Fittingly
Folk music celebrated the commemoration,in Northumberland, for his bench.
I am so lucky to have met Liz. What a rewarding way to start writing about memorial benches.
December Sunset and a Memorial Bench
December Sunset at Churchtown Farm. This works in two ways , it is a brilliant December image for Advent and the location fits nicely into the Memorial Bench category. This bench is not the one that inspired my memorial bench writings but it is the one that I see the most often as it’s on my regular dog walk. It often gets a mention on the Churchtown Farm Facebook page, because people get such peace and solace from perching here. It is placed overlooking a beautifully peaceful stretch of the River Lynher. Jupiter Point, part of HMS Raleigh is the silver twinkles at the far left of this image. Beyond the Navy the water here is pretty quiet, troubled only by sailing boats and the occasional gig from Caradon Pilot Gig Club based in Saltash.
This bench is unusual because it is so solid and the commemoration is carved into the wood, it’s solidity increases the sense of its permanence in the landscape. The location is so beautiful and the seat so comfy it’s hard to walk past . Not necessarily efficient dog walking but perfect for pondering. It’s what3words location is react.sometime.breeze