It’s been a fascinating few weeks since my last Letter. More people have sent me details and snippets of information for me to pass on, and I’ll get to those in a minute, but, before I do that, I want to start with an item that concerns me personally.
Heading for the Last ‘Stand-Up’
Val and I will be making a special presentation of ‘The Pulhams of Broxbourne’ to the Friends of Worth Park on Tuesday, 12th September, starting at 2 p.m.. This will be a very special event for me, because It will be my final ‘stand-up’ talk on my favourite subject before I hand over the reins to Val, who will continue to talk to any groups that may be interested in hearing our amazing story.
I shall miss them, because they have been tremendously enjoyable to do, and I have met so many lovely people during our travels over the last few years. Advancing years and deteriorating eyesight are taking their toll, however, and I have decided to stop while I can still, literally, stand up!
I chose The Friends of Worth Park as my final audience because they have worked so hard to preserve and maintain their Pulham garden features following the massive injection of restoration funds they have received a few years ago from the Heritage Lottery Fund, backed up by the Crawley Borough Council. You can read all about Worth Park in Chapter 15 of ‘Rock Landscapes’, and I wrote extensively about the restoration project in my News Letter for Christmas ’16.
I shall stay closer to home, and look after the website, so I do hope that as many of our friends as possible will be able to come along to say ‘Hello’ at Worth Park on the 12th September. Admission for ‘Guests’ will be £5, and I understand that numbers are already mounting up, so, if you can fit this date into your diary, it would be helpful if you could book your place with Pam Graham on 01293 883096 (Mob: 07954 247 095), or at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that she knows how many ‘guests’ to expect, and make arrangements accordingly. We look forward to seeing you there,
c1905 – Rosecliff, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
And now to some of the fascinating pieces of news and information that have come in from my readers. I concluded my June Letter with news from Mike Parker about the Pulham ‘Stork Fountain’ in Ryde, Isle of Wight, with which he has been involved for some years. He had finally persuaded the local Council to (at least partially) restore it, and Fig 1 is a reminder of the Ryde Fountain, alongside a reproduction of the ‘Stork Fountain’ from the James Pulham ‘Catalogue of Garden Ornament’.
Fig 1 – The ‘Stork Fountain’ – Pulham Catalogue illustration and in Ryde, I.o.W. (Photo by Mike Parker)
I also quoted the old saying about how one can wait for ages at a bus stop for a No 11 to come along, and then have three arrive at once. Well, now a fourth one has turned up! Mark wrote to me again just after I published my June Letter to let me know that a friend of his had just returned home from a recent family holiday, and had posted some pictures on Facebook. One of the places they had visited was a house called ‘Rosecliff’ on Rhode Island, New England, and one of the pictures she took during that visit is reproduced in Fig 2. Now, where have we seen something like that before?
Fig 2 – The Stork Fountain on the lawns of ‘Rosecliff’, Rhode Island (Photo provided by Mike Parker)
This was amazing! There is no doubt about the authenticity of the fountain, but I had never previously heard of any Pulham ornaments that had found their way overseas – apart from the ‘Kew Fountain’ that was restored a few years ago, and now occupies a position of some prominence in the Bellagio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. That story is also told in ‘Rock Landscapes’, and, strangely enough, that fountain is also reputed to have originally been located in the Isle of Wight, although I am not sure exactly where.
I had to find out more about this, so I sent an email – with the images shown in Fig 1 attached – to The Preservation Society of Newport Mansions, in the hope that I might be telling them something of interest about the origins of their fountain that they did not already know. I was right, because it wasn’t long before I received a reply from Paul Miller, the Curator at Newport Mansions,
He was most grateful for my ‘. . . now having identified their fountain so positively’, and went on to say:
‘The Stork Centre fountain . . . was in place by the summer of the villa’s completion in 1902. . . It is likely that the architect, and not the client, chose the fountain as he was in charge of the general sculptural program at the estate. The client was Theresa Fair Oelrichs (1871-1926) of San Francisco, New York and Newport, daughter of James Graham Fair, and was an heiress to the Comstock Lode silver mine in Virginia City, Nevada. . . .
‘The stork base never included the three optional figures for the base, and the figural fountainhead was a terracotta rendition of Andrea del Verocchio’s putto with dolphin (1478) for the villa Careggi, Florence. The original figural group was damaged by vandalism, and in very poor condition when removed to storage in 1995, and replaced with a lead version of the same model. Missing terracotta elements on the stork shaft and the rippled tazza were recast by our foundation’s mason and installed at that time. . . ‘
So how about that for a result?
1905-09 – Dyffryn Gardens, near Cardiff
David Edmunds recently sent me a CD containing pictures of Dyffryn Gardens – located near the villages of Dyffryn and St Nicholas, near Cardiff, in the Vale of Glamorgan – because he thought they had a distinctly ‘Pulhamesque’ feel about them. The Dyffryn Estate dates back many centuries, and was purchased by Thomas Pryce during the 18th century. He built the first Dyffryn House in 1749, but did no extensive work in the grounds, apart from building the Walled Garden, dipping pools and some ornamental planting.
The estate was bought by John Cory – a British philanthropist, coal-owner and ship-owner – in 1891, and he began the construction of the present house in 1893. He then commissioned Thomas Mawson to design a garden to complement it, and that was completed in 1909. When John died in 1910, his son, Reginald – a leading figure in the Royal Horticultural Society and a keen plant collector – inherited the estate, and developed the gardens further. The freehold of the estate was eventually sold to the Vale of Glamorgan in 1999.
CADW awarded the gardens Grade I status in its register of landscapes, parks and gardens of special historical interest in 2000, with a citation that reads:
‘The gardens at Dyffryn are the grandest and most outstanding Edwardian gardens in Wales. They are comparable to some of the most extravagant gardens of the period in Britain.’
The gardens underwent a massive restoration programme in 2006 with the help of an £8mil grant – £6.15m from the Heritage Lottery Fund – during which they were restored to the original design drawn up by Thomas Mawson in 1904. The National Trust took over the stewardship of Dyffryn House and Gardens in 2013, and the gardens were selected by the British Tourist Authority as one of the Top 100 gardens to visit in the U.K.
The question here, however, is whether or not James Pulham and Son were involved in the construction of the gardens, and, if so, to what extent. The firm worked with Thomas Mawson on a number of projects – Belle Vue Park in Newport is one prime example – and they also worked at nearby St Fagans Castle (1872-76) – see Chapter 9 in ‘Rock Landscapes’ – and Insole Court (1878-98), as described in my Site of the Month feature of Nov ’14, and now included in the website Gazetteer.
Fig 3 – The balustraded terrace and pots at Dyffryn (Photo by David Edmunds)
Dyffryn Gardens are not mentioned in the Pulham database, although that is not surprising, since they were constructed some years after the publication of James 2’s ‘Picturesque Ferneries’ booklet c1877. We have had to base the identification of their later projects on other archival records, or on the opinions of other ‘experts’, and I have to say that my own assessment of David’s pictures is that the Pulhams might certainly have been responsible for some of the features at Dyffryn, but not all of them. This is quite similar to the gardens at Insole Court – some 20 miles away – where some of the figures and decorative features around the house were provided by local church furnishers and restoration specialists, William Clarke and Son some time before the Pulhams arrived.
Fig 4 – Rose Walk and Walled Garden at Dyffryn (Photo by David Edmunds)
Take the balustraded terrace and pots shown in Fig 3 for example. These probably date back to the days of Thomas Pryce, and would have been there before Thomas Mawsoin got involved. The pots are not listed in the Pulham ‘Garden Ornament Catalogue’, and, if one looks very carefully and closely at the balustrading, the surface – good as it is – is not nearly as smooth as it would have been had it come out of the Broxbourne Manufactory. And then there’s the Rose Walk that runs alongside the Walled Garden (Fig 4) – the pillars and arches of the pergola are very plain and simple compared with others that we know were made by the Pulhams.
Fig 5 – Dyrrfyn sunken Rock Garden (Photo by David Edmunds)
But then we come to the sunken rock garden, shown in Fig 5. The rockwork looks in rather a sad condition now, and the stratification is not so well defined as in many of their gardens, but it is similar to some of the other gardens they created during the early 20th century. It is also possible to see some old bricks poking through their cement coating in some places, and the steps look ‘probable’, so this could well be the remains of a Pulham rock garden.
Fig 6 – Sunken garden or bowling green at Dyffryn (Photo by David Edmunds)
The sunken garden shown in Fig 6 – perhaps it was originally designed as a bowling green or tennis court? – and the little dripping pool (in Fig 7) also intrigued me, because they immediately reminded me of the sunken garden and Tank Garden at Abbotswood, which is discussed and pictured in Chapter 26 of my book. These were laid out by James Pulham in 1902, and show a remarkable resemblance to these at Dyffryn, as you can see from the two small pictures in Fig 8.
Fig 7 – The Dripping Pool at Dyffryn (Photo by David Edmunds)
Fig 8 – The Sunken Garden and Tank Garden at Abbotswood (1902)
The next things to catch my eye were the images of the two figures pictured in Fig 9. The standing figure on the left is very similar to the set of classical figures sculpted by Charles Giddings, about whom I wrote in my last News Letter. He was working in the Broxbourne Manufactory at the time the gardens at Dyffryn were laid out, but I have to say that I can’t be certain about these ones. I haven’t seen anything like the seated boy and the dog shown in the right-hand picture, and I have never seen a Pulham figure on a round pedestal, so I have my doubts about these, although these two might possibly be replacement copies of originals that had been damaged or destroyed.
Fig 9 – Two figures in Dyffryn Gardens (Photos by David Edmunds)
The armillary globe sundial pictured in Fig 10 is a different story – the base is pure Pulham, but it is difficult to see whether the globe is original or new. This is only the second example of this sort of sundial that I have seen – the other is at Sheffield Park – and I have absolutely no idea how it works, but I do know that James 1 invented one just like this. Their Catalogue illustration is shown on the left of the picture, and it tells us that one could have bought an 18” version in copper and gunmetal at a price of £15, or, if your budget didn’t stretch that far, you could have a gilt-finished model in lead and iron for £9 . . .
Figure 10 – The Armillary Sphere Sundial at Dyffryn (Photo by David Edmunds)
So thank you, David, for bringing this to my attention.
Dumbleton Hall, Evesham, Worcestershire
I received a note some years ago from Gay Chamberlayne – a researcher for the Gloucestershire Landscape and Garden Trust – in which she mentioned a boat house in the form of a rocky cave in the grounds of Dumbleton Hall, in Evesham, Worcestershire. It stood on the banks of an artificial lake that was created after the 1870s, and was fed by a natural stream, with some ‘unusual looking rocks’ forming footbridges across. She had only seen it from afar, but later sent me a photograph, which is reproduced here as Fig 11.
Fig 11 – The boat cave at Dumbleton Hall, Evesham, Worcestershire (Photo by Gay Chamberlayne)
I have to admit that, at the time, I thought this looked a bit too rough to be a genuine Pulham boat cave, and I thought no more about it until very recently, when Judy Barber – another of my enthusiastic ‘Pulham Spotters’ – wrote to me about a short summer break she had recently had at Dumbleton Hall. Great hotel, lovely grounds, and an artificial lake on which she was sure she had seen a Pulham boat cave, and did I know anything about it? She also sent me a photograph, which showed how much more overgrown it had got over the last few years – which is why I am using Gay’s image here instead.
There is no mention of this in James 2’s ‘Picturesque Ferneries’ booklet either, which means that Gay’s suggested date of ‘after the 1870s’ makes sense.
Judy also sent me a picture of a circular ‘flower bed’ near the house that may once have been a fountain, and an archive image of a conservatory / fernery, but I was not convinced that either of these were Pulham items. The curb of the bed wasn’t nearly as ornate as I would have expected a Pulham bed to be, and the pedestal in the centre was certainly not a Pulham ornament. The fernery also seemed to be smaller than they would have made it, with not enough rockwork among the plants, so I feel that the jury is still out on these, but I would love to be proved wrong, if anyone can find evidence to substantiate the idea.
1876 – Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa
I was delighted to receive a note from Jenifer White – who I used to know as the Senior Landscape Advisor in the Conservation Dept of English Heritage – who gave me a such great deal of help and encouragement during my researches, and for which I am still deeply grateful. She sent me an archive image of the waterfall in the grounds of Chateau Impney, a hotel, conference and exhibition centre in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire – only about 30 miles from Evesham, as it happens – and wondered if I knew anything about it. It is shown here is Fig 12, and, although this is another site that I have never seen or previously heard of, I had no hesitation in this case in recognising it as a wonderful example of the Pulhams’ work.
Fig 12 – The waterfall in the grounds of Chateau Impney c1878-79 – (Image by permission of Historic England)
I checked the internet, and discovered that Impney Hall – as it was previously known – was built between 1873-75 for the saltworks magnate, John Corbett, in the style of a Louis XIII chateau. It was apparently a gift for his wife, Hannah Eliza O’Meara, who was of mixed French / Irish descent, to satisfy her nostalgia for Paris. Perhaps he needn’t have bothered, because the marriage turned out to be an unhappy one, and Hannah moved to one of Corbett’s other properties in North Wales, and John opened up the Impney estate to the public, so that they could enjoy strolling through the parkland, and enjoy the wildlife.
I then checked my Pulham database again, and found that James 2’s ‘Picturesque Ferneries’ booklet contained an entry relating to their construction of a ‘Waterfall and Fernery’ for Mr Corbett of Droitwich. This means that it must have been done sometime before c1877, and, as the building of the house was completed in 1875, the suggested date of 1876 seems to be a safe bet.
1876 – Rosherville Gardens, Gravesend, Kent
I had a note from Cllr Conrad Broardley some years ago about Rosherville Gardens, in Gravesend, in which he said that he had recently been doing some research and a bit of overgrowth clearance on a stairwell leading down from the a clifftop platform to what would have been the gardens at the bottom. The tunnel was brick, with arches exposing chalk, and all of the brick had been coated to give the whole structure a ‘carved in chalk’ cave-like appearance, and he wondered if the Pulhams might have been responsible for it. He sent me two images, and they are reproduced here in Fig 13.
Fig 13 – The Rosherville Gardens in its heyday, and the steps as they are now (Images provided by Conrad Broadley)
The Rosherville gardens were laid out in 1837 by London businessman George Jones in a disused chalk pit in Northfleet, in order to provide an attraction for Londoners visiting for the day by steamship along the Thames. A pier was built to service the gardens, and they became a favourite destination for thousands of travellers in the good weather.
According to Robert Hiscock, in his book ‘A History of Gravesend’, they were adorned with small Greek temples and statuary set in the cliffs, with terraces, an archery lawn, a Bijou theatre, and a Baronial Hall for refreshments – and, at one time, a lake. At night, the gardens were illuminated with thousands of coloured lights, and there were firework displays and dancing. Famous bands were engaged, and, in 1857, as many as 20,000 visitors passed through the turnstiles in one week.
Sadly, in 1878, one of the steamers was in collision with a collier, and 640 people – including 240 children – were killed. The gardens reached their peak of popularity in1880, but the advent of the railways in 1886 finally led to the demise of the gardens, as people were then able to reach coastal resorts further afield, such as Margate and Southend, and the gardens were closed in 1901.
When I checked James 2’s ‘Picturesque Ferneries’, I found an entry that confirmed that the firm worked there in 1867, when they constructed a:
‘Cavern with Dropping Well for Drinking Fountain’
Conrad’s first picture is not very clear, but the balustrading along the top looks as if it could also be from Broxbourne, and I wonder whether the ‘dropping well’ might have been in the recess at the bottom of the steps.
As I said, it is now some years since I heard from Conrad, but I was reminded of Rosherville during the past few weeks by a note I received from Josee-Elizabeth Hawkins, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She became interested in Rosherville because of a little rose her father had ‘rustled’ whilst on a visit there in 1926, when the gardens were already almost defunct. He called it his ‘Rosherville Rose’, but she believes it to be really a true form of Felicite et Perpetue, that was first introduced in France in 1827.
During her research, she managed to trace The Friends of Rosherville Gardens on Facebook, and was so impressed by the work being done by ‘these brave souls’ in their endeavours to restore these gardens to their former glory, she felt that, if ever they managed to get the necessary permits, money and grants to complete their work, they might once again become attractive ‘pleasure gardens’ – just like the ones originally planned by George Jones. Whether the visitors would arrive by steamship or not is another matter, but I am sure we would all agree with Josee’s sentiments.
The Waddesdon Pulham Trail
I understand from Jo Fells, Head of Marketing and Communications at Waddesdon Manor, that Waddesdon have now set up a Pulham Rockwork Trail, which you will be able to try out by following the link. It can be used on a phone, iPad or desktop computer, either on site at Waddesdon, or online from anywhere in the world.
The site is nicely set up, with a short history of Waddesdon on the Home page, and descriptions of the rockwork and vases at five separate locations around the estate – i.e., the North Front, Aviary Grotto, Tulip Patch, Dairy Water Garden – and you can also see their newly-acquired Pulham ‘Paris Vases’, as described in my Christmas News Letter ’16 What a great idea! If you have not had the pleasure of visiting Waddesdon yet – described and illustrated in Chapter 12 of ‘Rock Landscapes’ – I hope this will encourage you to make up for lost time.
1898-99 – Sunningdale Park – Re-Development
One of the first articles I wrote for this website in my Site of the Month series – which are now incorporated into the Gazetteer – was about Sunningdale Park, near Ascot, Berkshire. I visited there in 2005, when the main house, Northcote House, was the home of the Civil Service College (or National School of Government), and both the house and grounds – including an artificial lake and rockwork created by James Pulham and Son in 1898-99, and shown in Fig 14 – were Grade II listed.
The site was sold to Berkeley Homes and Audley Retirement in 2012, subject to planning permission, which has now been granted. When I first heard about this, I was concerned about the future of the Pulham work, but I have received a very encouraging note from Benedict Krouze, Planning Director of Audley Court Ltd, who says:
‘The Grade II listed Northcote House is set in pleasure grounds which have been enhanced by the work of the Pulham family. On Initial examination, the rockery, waterfalls and grotto are in very good condition. The ponds, which are an intrinsic component of the pleasure grounds, do, however, need attention. We will be using Northcote House and other buildings as a C2 care community, and are committed to providing their care for the 125 years of the lease. During that period, the grounds, which are listed in their own right, will be kept in excellent condition. If you visit our website, you will be comforted by what you see. We do not intend to alter the Pulhamite, but to tidy up the vegetation around it, and to ensure its long-term future. . .’
Fig 14 – The top rock garden at Sunningdale Park
What more could we ask?
1879 – Bearwood College (now Reddam House)
Fig 15 – The ‘Tilting Rock’ at Bearwood as it was c1902 (Reproduced by permission of Country Life)
Bearwood College was another Pulham rock garden that I visited some years ago. It was built into a small clay pit near the school between 1879-85, and the picture in Fig 15 is taken from an edition of Country Life Magazine c1902. It is discussed and illustrated in an article that you can find in my Gazetteer, and, at the time of my visit, was very overgrown, and in urgent need of attention. We were shown around by Richard Ryall, the Second Master, who had just started getting some of the senior boys involved in clearing the surplus vegetation.
I heard from Alan Bishop a couple of years ago – 2015 – to say that he had been called in to carry out a Condition Survey Report for English Heritage, and that Bearwood was moving out to make way for the Reddam House School. I have recently made contact with the School, and am hopeful that they will take care of the garden.
1907 – Epsom, Headley Park
I also had a note from Robbie Gelder, who sent me a link to (and archive copy of) an article in Garden Life dated 18th February, 1911. It referred to the gardens at Headley Park, Epsom, belonging to a Thomas Beeson, and said:
‘. . . On the east side of the mansion is a water garden, which was completed in the spring of 1907. The winding stream, varying in width, with the water falling at intervals over rock, materially adds to its beauty. Messrs Pulham also built the rock, the stream and planting being carried out by the staff. Bulbs are thickly planted in the grass on each side of the stream, Water Lilies in the stream, while plants, shrubs and weeping trees form an imposing background. Before we leave the pleasure grounds, you may like to make a note of the two large tennis courts, one above the other, with a summer house at the side. At present we get to the walled gardens by a path through the shrubbery, with a grotto on one side. From here there is a road which leads to the village.’
I have no pictures this time, but this all sounds rather delightful, and, until now, has never appeared in our Pulham database, so thank you Robbie, for yet another discovery!
1890 – Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham
This next piece of news is also quite exciting! The lovely gardens at Leonardslee – discussed and illustrated in my Gazetteer article dated June ’11, and shown here in Fig 16 – were closed to the public when purchased by a mystery buyer in 2010, but have now been sold by receivers to Penny Streeter, owner of the nearby 400-acre Mannings Heath Golf Club and its recently-launched 38,000 vine winery. What a combination! – a round of golf, a bottle or two of wine, and a stroll round these magnificent gardens that are Grade I listed in the register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Figure 16 – The rock garden at Leonardslee
1892-1900s – Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk
Another one of my ‘flagship Pulham sites’ is Bawdsey Manor – discussed and illustrated in Chapter 19 of ‘Rock Landscapes’ – in which the major feature is an artificial cliff face about 300 yards long, and 40ft high, shown in Fig 17. In recent years, it housed the Alexanders International College for boarding pupils, but was put up for sale in 2016, and has just been purchased by the adventure holiday company, PGL. It is certainly good to know that these wonderful and unique examples of the Pulhams’ work will be preserved and cared for into the future.
Fig 17 – The Pulhamite cliff below Bawdsey Manor
1892-1914 – Ewell Court House, Epsom, Surrey
I only wish I could say the same for the gardens at Ewell Court House, in Surrey, which are featured in Chapter 18 of my book. They include a large artificial lake and island, with the water cascading into a lovely meandering rocky stream; a fernery grotto, and a fountain base that initially housed a grand, exhibition-quality fountain that has now almost disappeared.
Time took its inevital toll on the house and grounds during the latter years of the 20th Century, and there was a time when they were in danger of being purchased for re-development, but a group of local heritage enthusiasts banded together under the name of the Ewell Court House Organisation, and worked tremendously hard to help restore the facilities. Under the supervision of (the now late) Prof John Ashurst D.Arch, RIBA, EASA (Hon), and with the help of the local Council, the volunteers raised funds to restore the grotto, and worked really hard to return the remaining features to the service and pleasure of the local community.
The house soon became a popular venue for weddings and other functions. It housed a branch of the local library, and they set up a garden centre and café in the gardens – both of which became extremely popular – and the fernery grotto was officially ‘handed over’ by Cllr Jan Mason, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, in 2009. Fig 18 was taken at the official ‘Handover Ceremony’, attended by Chris Grayling M.P., Margot Ashurst (widow of the late Prof Ashurst), Jan Mason (Mayor of Epsom), and Don Scott, ECHO Chairman.
Fig 18 – Handover Ceremony of the Fernery Grotto at Ewell Court House in 2009, with Chris Grayling M.P., Margot Ashurst, Cllr Jan Mason and Don Scott, Chairman of ECHO
Don Scott and his wife, Cathy, are lovely people, and two of the hardest volunteer workers I have ever met. They were totally dedicated to their fund-raising cause, and the lake, island and stream were next on their list, with plans to raise further funds for the restoration of the island – and even, hopefully, the magnificent fountain and its reinstatement as the centrepiece of these lovely gardens. Ewell Court House was a heart-warming example of what can be achieved through the drive and enthusiasm of local people interested in the preservation of their local heritage.
And then, in 2013, Ewell Court House was struck by a fire in the roof, and had to endure extensive repairs. The house was officially ‘re-opened’ in 2015, but the Council imposed such onerous conditions on its future use that the ECHO volunteers were effectively prevented from continuing their fund-raising activities for the restoration of the grounds.
I have just received a very depressing note from Cathy, to whom this restoration project has always meant so much. She said:
‘I will not bore you with the sad state of things at Ewell Court. There is no longer anything we can do – it is now a commercial venue. The (outside) steps are finished, but not to the design we expected, and we receive no answer (from the Council in response to any of our enquiries) as to why. I do not think that (one of our restoration firms) have yet been paid for the work they did, despite community money having been paid.’
This really is a very sad example of how not to reward constituents for the hard, totally voluntary work that they have done for their local community. They don’t expect to be financially rewarded for their efforts, but at least they should have the right to expect some sort of acknowledgement and respect from the local authority they have devoted so much time and effort to help. What a comparison with Crawley, and the way they have encouraged their Friends of Worth Park . . .
Two Causes for Celebration
Fig 19 – Carly Hearn and Jenny Rowland
My followers will recognise the two ladies in Fig 19 – Carly Hearn, Curator of Lowewood Museum, and Jenny Rowland, the Pulham Memorial Project Manager who worked so hard in putting together the recent Pulham Memorial Project at Broxbourne last year. Well, some great news has filtered down the grapevine – I understand that they are both expecting a very happy event later this year! Congratulations to both of them – it has been a pleasure to know them, and to work with them on our various Pulham enterprises.
As good as this news is, it is not the ‘something very special’ I promised you at the end of my last News Letter. There have been so many items to include this time that I have decided to hold that over for next time. Sorry about that, but I hope you will eventually agree that the wait was worth while . . . .
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