The Royal Air Force Police were always known as the "Snowdrops" on account of their white caps. There is a nice touch to this monument with three snowdrop leaves on each side of it near the top! However the Royal Military Police, the Redcaps, were always known to us Squaddies as the "Monkeys" and I could see no trace of any of our furry friends on the RMP Monument! Funny that!!!
This memorial celebrates the achievements of railway workers over 150 years and is also dedicated to the people killed in the construction of British railways. The memorial consists of a Class 8F steam engine in black granite resting on top of a plinth.
The centre point of the "Never Forget" memorial is a striking poppy wreath around which Everlasting Poppies are planted, inscribed with individual names and dates, to form a permanent tribute to the loved ones of those wishing to keep their memory alive in this special way.
This is a monument to the 178 UK personnel and one MOD civilian who lost their lives on combat operations in Iraq. The original memorial was built in Basra in 2006 and stood in front of the Headquarters of the Multi-National Division (South East). Following the end of combat operations in April 2009 it was dismantled and now stands at the Arboretum with a plaque dedicated to every one of the dead.
This memorial commemorates the sinking of the SS Aguila on 19th August 1941 and the loss of 22 members of the Women's Royal Naval Service. The ship had been part of a convoy between Liverpool and Gibralter when she was torpedoed in the Irish Sea and sunk by U-201. 152 of the 168 persons on board were killed in the sinking including the whole of the WRNS contingent.
I have mixed feelings about this subject as it memorialises the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed after courts-martial for desertion or cowardice during World War I. The real cause for their behaviour has been in modern-times attributed to post-traumatic stress syndrome but my argument all these years later is how on earth do we know that? Some may well have been cowards, some may have been shell-shocked, but I do know that had these actions not been taken there could have been mass-desertions. It was the way it was done at the time and it was nearly 100 years ago for Christ's sake. We'll soon be apologising to the Zulu for Rorke's Drift for using rifles against their poor old spears! Oh, I forgot, I reckon we already have!!!
The lamp came from Hitchin Police Station in memory of Wpc Mandy Rayner who, in 1982, was the first Wpc to die on duty as a result of her car being struck during a police pursuit.
Some of the wildfowl on the reservoir.
See previous comments. This shows Brixworth Road which crosses the reservoir.
This is a reservoir built in 1956 to supply the town of Northampton which is about six miles to the south. I came across it quite by accident travelling from Sywell Aerodrome and setting the SatNav for my daughter's home in Rugby. The water is the third-largest in the UK with a surface area of 2.85 miles. It is operated by Anglia Water and is near the village of Pitsford. The northern half of the reservoir is designated as a nature reserve but Pitsford Water is also used for sailing, birdwatching and fishing which is limited to Pike/Predator fishing and fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. There is a seven mile waterside track for walking or cycling around the main part of the reservoir including a pathway across its dam. Very impressive.