Remembering the Battle of the Longwoods

On Sunday, March 6, at 2:00pm a Longwoods Memorial Service will be held at Battle Hill Park to commemorate the only major battle fought in the London- Middlesex area during the War of 1812.  

This year’s service will feature the dedication of the new flagpoles which have the Union Jack and the 15 star U.S. flag.  Following the service, there will be a luncheon held at the Wardsville United Church.  All are welcome to participate in this annual and unique program.

Battle of Longwoods site is located at 2945 Longwoods Rd., Southwest Middlesex .  Arrive early and park carefully on the side of the road.

Reading of Tecumseh Play

Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.  To be held at First St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens’ Avenue at Waterloo Street Free parking on nearby streets.  www.fsaunited.com.

Like a Hero Going Home” – the final days of Tecumseh.

A reading and discussion of this play by noted local playwright, Marion Johnson and Chippewa elder and historian, George Henry.  Participants will gain an increased understanding of First Nations people, both what they have achieved and what they have endured.

The play is an important follow-up to the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. All are welcome.  Free will offering.  Proceeds to go to The Healing Fund of the United Church of Canada.

The 2015 March for Pulmonary Hypertension

Living with pulmonary hypertension.

Living with pulmonary hypertension.

The 20 Mile March for Pulmonary Hypertension was initiated by the Royal Scots, whose efforts were inspired by 4 year old Everleigh Pierce, who lives with a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension affects the arteries of the lungs, and is a progressive disease for which there is currently no cure. Inspired by little Everleigh’s battle, the Royal Scots decided to take on a 20 Mile March.

The March was held on February 28, 2015 and went extremely well. The Royal Scots had 11 marchers, of which 7 completed the entire distance of 20 miles. They also had an additional 3 people driving two chase vehicles and assisting the marchers. It was a very cold day but sunny with no wind… ideal for a 20 Mile March!

They had wonderful support from the local community, who provided coffee and a hot meal to get the Scots through the entire distance. The March, the Memorial to the Fallen of the Battle of Longwoods, a church luncheon and a premiere of a Movie made by Crocodile Productions made for an excellent weekend.

The March raised well over $1000 for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada, which offers education, advocacy and support to people like Everleigh living with pulmonary hypertension.

Contributed by: Glenn Stott of the Royal Scots and Bronwyn McBride of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada

May 3rd -4th – Reenactment Weekend 2014

 

Photograph by

Crocodile Productions

Memorial Service to remember the soldiers who died at the Battle of Longwoods March 4, 1814 to take place

May 2nd – Education Day

May 3rd -4th – Reenactment Weekend For more information go to:

www.battleoflongwoods.ca

The History of the Battle of Longwoods

The first weekend in May, at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, you can experience history being brought to life.  Every year, the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society presents the Battle of Longwoods.

Step back in time to March 4, 1814, as British troops attempt to expel American invaders. Hear the crack of the musket and the roar of the cannon. Come and experience life in the early 19th century. See the colourful clothing, smell the food prepared over open fires, and let us entertain your family for the day.

At the Longwoods Road Conservation Area
8348 Longwoods Rd
Mount Brydges

Contact  Marvin Recker (519) 471-9546


Wardsville Legacy Portrait display wraps up

The Wardsville Legacy Portraits in the Heritage Gallery at the Arts and Cookery Bank will be replaced by a new show featuring the natural beauty of our region.

The Legacy Potraits occupied the Great Hall gallery September 30, 2011 – March 31, 2014

Legacy Portrait, Wardsville

“Photographs Capturing a Moment in History”

How the Subjects Were Photographed

Over the course of two days in June 2011, about 260 people posed in 69 groupings in a temporary studio set up in the pavilion of the Wardsville baseball park.  A team of “wranglers” provided logistical support as folks signed in and queued up for the sittings.  David Chidley, an accomplished local photographer, shot each group using a digital camera and provided invaluable on-site counsel and equipment. The local “Package Nanny” (Heather Rowe) set up a digital printer in the ‘studio’ and every group received a high-quality color print on the spot.

Larry Merin used a vintage Hasselblad camera for the portraits, since archivally processed film can be safely stored for decades without deterioration. The project was designed to provide the people of Wardsville with a ‘shoebox’ of images that could be stored in a form that could be seen easily in the future.  Stored in archives, the Legacy negatives should remain in pristine condition for many years.  Hopefully, they will be printed anew in 2110.

Folks grouped themselves for the sittings; most were couples and families.  We also photographed people linked by work (the Wardsville Volunteer Fire Department) and by hobbies (barbershop singers, ballroom dancers, barn quilt painters, a brass band).  It was a special honor to photograph a group of War Brides.

There was no 1-2-3 and no “Say Cheese.”  Larry reminded each group that the purpose of the photography session was to produce a historical record.  He asked them to look into the camera and imagine that their expression and pose would be the way future generations would come to know them.  Some responded with smiles, while others were pensive.  Some adopted formal poses while others were spontaneous.  The photographs reveal the people of Wardsville the way they see themselves and wish others to see them:  straightforward, friendly, proud of their village and comfortable with their way of life.

I am grateful to all who presented themselves to our cameras and allowed Dave Chidley and I to record their names and faces for coming generations.

Lawrence Merin, September 2011, Nashville


 


To Editor of Glencoe Transcript from UTMRS Bicentennial Committee.

On behalf of the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society (UTMRS) who portray the Royal Scots Light Company of 1814, I would like to express our deepest thanks to the community of Southwest Middlesex for their excellent support and co-operation during our recent War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Longwoods from March 4-9. The Southwest Middlesex Municipal Council and Staff assisted us in much of the minutiae of organizing an event which meant the closing down of the Longwoods Road, erecting a monument, erecting a tent as well as arranging the billeting of numerous re-enactors.

 

The Creative Communities Committee did a wonderful job of arranging for a Dinner and Reception at the Glencoe Agricultural Hall on the Saturday, March 8.   This same organization decorated the windows of the Glencoe merchants, and with the co-operation of the Southwest Middlesex Council, Staff and Community decorated with large bows the hydro poles of Melbourne, Appin, Glencoe and Wardsville to commemorate the Bicentennial Event.

 

The entire week showed wonderful community spirit with a brunch provided by the Newbury Fire Services at the Newbury Fire Hall on Saturday morning. The billeting of the re-enactors at the Masonic Hall in Wardsville and the Glencoe Arena on Friday and Saturday nights was kindly arranged by the Staff of Southwest Middlesex. Wardsville United Church provided through the efforts of Todd Trojand a pancake supper Tuesday, March 4, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, March 9.

 

The Southwest Middlesex Fire Department including the Wardsville Fire Department and the Glencoe Fire Department assisted with the Glencoe Lions Club did yeoman service on a cold winter’s day in parking well over 200 cars on the shoulders of the Longwoods Road. Tom McCollum and John McColl deserve special recognition for their efforts to flawlessly handle this important task.

 

It is important to recognize the assistance of Dave Little and helpers who guided traffic, spectators (and yes, re-enactors) at the Battle Hill site with extreme efficiency and co-operation.

 

The memorial service held on Tuesday, March 4, (the actual time of the original Battle of Longwoods) was organized and conducted by Reverend Richard Golden and Betty Simpson of the Glencoe and District Historical Society.

 

The old Community Hall in Wardsville, now the home of Crocodile Productions, was the scene of an excellent variety show called, The Royal Bash, on Friday night, March 7.

 

Another feature of the week was the excellent coverage by the daily and weekly newspapers of the local communities. From a series of articles about the background of the Battle of Longwoods to coverage of related activities it was an amazing effort on the part of these periodicals to alert and inform the public.

 

The comment I remember most was from one of our re-enactors who had travelled from Toronto to be at the event. He commented in wonderment how such a large Commemoration Event as the Battle of Longwoods could have been carried off in the middle of nowhere with such a large audience, military servicemen and re-enactors so smoothly and without a hitch. The answer is the wonderful co-operation of the Southwest Middlesex Community. Thank you so very much for making the week a wonderful Bicentennial event!

 

Glenn Stott, Chair

UTMRS Bicentennial Committee.