Hello Happy Festive Blog readers. With only 14 days left until Christmas I am still not organised. No surprise there, but luckily here at Spirit we are more prepared and already looking into next year. And a big year it will be too.
I am busy sorting and updating our Princes Trust programmes for 2014 and in the process visiting some of the delivery partners. I had a successful meeting in Exeter yesterday and on Thursday I travel to Bridgwater and then onto visit the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. Next Friday I then visit the team leaders up in Bristol.
Whilst walking the dogs over Plasterdown the over evening I came across some concrete blocks set into the ground. They were obviously man made and put there for a reason. Plasterdown is a relativly flat area of grazed moorland that is just covered with gorse bushes. This got my investigative nature going. So I donned my Deer Stalker and got my large magnifying glass to delve deeper. I then realised I was looking rather silly and used Google instead!!!! (other search engines are available).
So here is what I discovered. And intriguing it is too. In 1943 Plasterdown was established as a US military rehab hospital and was used for wounded from the Normandy Landings. At the end of the Second World War it was used to house Polish refugees and subsequently German POWs. In the early sixties it was used a Territorial camp and was even used by the Womens Royal Army Corps. It ended its life as housing for Ugandans that were displaced and exiled by Idi Amin. The camp was demolished in 1976. Considering the camps history there is liittle, if not any signs of it ever being there. But look closely and you may still find clues. I have even found an old photo of it as the camp.
Whilst on the subject of camps. Our camp at Dartmouth has been undergoing a bit of maintenance after a busy year and as a result we have built a new stove. Well Mark and Keith did, I just went and had a look when the yard started filling with smoke. They are down at the camp today fitting it into the the main cabin.
Some further news is that hopefully (if all goes well) from Easter next year we will be running the Dewerstone Cottage as a Bunkhouse and campsite. From April next year we will also be able to provide the new Mountain Training Hill Skills Award, the new Lowland Leader Award and the new revamped WGL which will be known as the Hill and Moorland Leader Award. A busy and exciting time ahead for 2014.