You will probably have seen our DVS photographer, Adrian Giddins, at many village and DVS events. We keep photographic records of our activities and use these to illustrate our newsletter and website. They are also added to the DVS Photo Archive which is a unique set of images, collected and managed for many years by Rob Gordon and more recently by Adrian. (Please let us know if you don’t wish any photos of yourself to be used.)
8 MAY 2020: 75th ANNIVERSARY OF VE-DAY
The outbreak of Coronavirus meant that DVS’s plans to join in the celebrations on the village greens to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe had to be cancelled. Instead, a few people gathered for a socially-distanced commemoration at the War Memorial at 11am. A bugler, local resident Alastair Merrill, played The Last Post before two minutes’ silence were observed. Alastair then played Reveille and the church bells rang out. Local parish councillor, Allen Corcoran, laid a wreath on behalf of the village. In the afternoon, VE Day parties were held in front gardens around the village. (To read more about Datchet’s celebrations in 1945, click here.)
COLLEGE OF ST GEORGE & WINDSOR CASTLE PRECINCTS
The February drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of a group of 20 members who enjoyed a very special tour organised and led by Art Ramirez, local resident and Deputy Secretary to the Guild of Voluntary Stewards at St George’s Chapel.
Art’s knowledge is encyclopaedic. He started as a volunteer Steward 35 years ago and is now in charge of the introductory historical training and Health and Safety aspects of volunteering. He is also a warden in the Castle, regularly conducting tours of the Castle precinct, The Round Tower, Frogmore House and private tours of the State Rooms. His work for the Royal Collection Trust for the past 15 years, also involves working in London at the Royal Mews, Queens Gallery and Buckingham Palace.
Art’s love of history and of the castle and Chapel was infectious. He had our rapt attention as he brought to life stories about recent discoveries and age-old mysteries, and we felt very privileged indeed to sit in the Quire under the banners and crests of the Garter Knights and to visit areas not normally open to the public.