The 18th century statue of Neptune which graced the front of the Great House until 1810 is currently lying in the grounds of Woodstock School in Rectory Gardens. This was how he was in 2001:
Unfortunately the statue has been mishandled since then and is now in a broken state.
We now have a proposal by Catherine Littlejohns, Senior Curator of Social History, working to redevelop Blaise Museum to make the statue, once rebuilt, a significant feature of the new displays. This is her proposal:If you would like to comment on this proposal please use this email:
The part of Crow Lane Green Spaces that lies within the Conservation Area is that bounded by Hazel Brook, Henbury Road and the boundary of Henbury Court Primary school playing fields. It is known locally as the Wilderness.
The Parks Dept has no management plan for the Wilderness other than keeping the paths clear. One result is a multitude of saplings which threaten the last of what was open agricultural land when Henbury was surrounded by farms.
In order to prevent the permanent loss of most of the 119 plant species, 6 butterfly species, etc. identified in a study carried out in 2009 by John Burton these saplings must be removed. Thus we have agreed witht the Parks Dept. that a team of say, four, volunteers will work alongside Council employees to eradicate the saplings.
2016 sees the return of a Goram Fair to Blaise Castle Estate on Saturday 30th July between 10:00 and 18:00 with free entry.
An information sheet is attached and you can find out more on http://www.goramevents.co.uk/
If anyone can date the attached photos please contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
Henbury Conservation Society is still functioning despite the lack of anyone willing to act as Chair. Tim Parkinson acts as secretary and maintains the web site (occasionally!) and Andrew Chugg looks after the monies.
During the year Jill Campbell motivated a small team to really tidy up the forgotten triangle at the foot of Church Lane. She also invoked Mark Weston’s, local councillor), help in a new sign at the junction to point people to St Mary’s Church, Henbury Village Hall and the Community Garden. Tim Parkinson refurbished the timber of the former Finger Post but BCC Highways / Planning forbad him from proceeding as it is on public land. We have now requested BCC to restore the post and signs.
The Henbury, Brentry & Southmead Neighbourhood Partnership now have a new mini roundabout for the Crow Lane / Henbury Road junction in the Henbury section of the local Road plan. This should improve traffic flows, increase safety and reduce excessive speed across the current junction
Tim Parkinson is awaiting an estimate from Nimbus Preservations for the rebuild of the broken statue of Neptune currently in the grounds of Woodstock School. This is so we can assess how to fund raise because BCC save they have no monies for the project! The plan, yet to be approved by BCC, is to place the restored statue by the pond in Blaise Dairy Garden. Originally we think Neptune graced an ornamental pond in front of the Great House of Henbury demolished in 1810.
We have plenty of stock of Marguerite’s third book about people and places in the Henbury area, This is available at £2.50 ea for collection locally or £5 postage free for a single copy. To order please complete and submit the form below
Organised by Kim and Greg Ashdown-Hoare the fun starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday, 20th December.
Here is Chris Carroll’s report : Chair’s review of 2013-14
And the AGM minutes : AGM Minutes20141015
An image from the Know your Place Vaughan postcard project. Henbury Court was demolished in the 1950s.
Andrew Chugg’s illustrated talk on the history of The Great House was full of interesting facts. He has kindly made his slides available and they can be found here .
And the good news is that I have located Neptune in the grounds of Woodstock School. Andrew and I are working on the next steps in order to restore him to view.ol
Andrew Chugg has made a detailed study of the story of this magnificent building, which is long demolished, and will be giving an illustrated talk in the Village Hall after the AGM on 15th October. Meeting start time is 7:30 pm.