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Trafalgar 200 A Village Celebration

19th of December 2005

On Saturday 29 October, eight days after the 200th anniversary of the battle, a show of readings and music with slides and sound effects was performed in Chipperfield Village Hall before some 100 people. On the previous afternoon, Guy Whalley, one of the principal organisers, who was also to play the part of Nelson, collapsed and died. The other organisers were persuaded by Guy’s widow Sarah to go ahead with the event as he would have wanted. A one-minute’s silence was observed in his memory.

The performers were Frank Baker, Diane Parry, Tim Venner, Peter Williams, Gareth Whalley (no relation) and Anne and Giles Wyburd. The Close Shave Quartet (David Clough, Chris Day, Allan Grant and David Barnes) also contributed and Rosemary Venner accompanied them on the piano. Sound effects were provided by Martin Deane and projection by John Stickland. Supper was prepared by a team under Ann Soanes and served by a group of smart young people organised by Diane Parry. Tony Soanes, Patrick Gardiner and Mark Jarrad served the drinks. Beautiful table decorations were made by Sarah Whalley and Valerie Briselden and a superb model of HMS Victory, made by Elizabeth Weedon, was on display. All gave their services free. Sponsorship was generously provided by Proffitt & Holt, King’s Langley; Tesco, Hemel Hempstead; and valuable raffle prizes were donated by many local businesses.

A CD of the performance is available to anyone interested for #5. Please telephone requests to 01923 267515.

A poster competition on the Trafalgar theme by pupils at St Paul’s School was judged by Sandy Stirling. The winner was Rhiann Holloway and the runner-up was Juliette Lassman.

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