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Battle of the Longwoods, March 4, 2018

Battle of the Longwoods Memorial Service at the Battle Hill cairn, 2945 Longwoods Road, Glencoe.  1:45 p.m. on March 4, 2018. Please park carefully . Conducted by the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society.  

The UTMRS which portrays the 1814 Light Company of the Royal Scots will march from Delaware to Battle Hill, the site of the battle, a distance of twenty miles March 3 and 4.  They will be raising funds for Pulmonary Hypertension, a terminal disease from which adults and children are afflicted.  

If you wish to donate, or participate, please contact Brad Stott at 519 473 3814 or brad@vbands.com to register and/or receive any further information.

The march will be broken into two components and marchers may do one or both of the components.  The first component, will be the march to Melbourne, a distance of about 10 miles, along the Longwoods Road, and the second component, following lunch, will be to complete the other ten-mile march to Battle Hill.

Lunch will be served in Melbourne (location to be finalized) to all participants.

 

 

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

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