7 places with First World War connections to the Commonwealth

Heritage Calling

The modern Commonwealth of Nations, whose official head is the Queen, has 53 independent sovereign states as members, most of whom were once part of the British Empire.

Today around a third of the world’s population lives in its member countries – 2.2 billion people of varied races, languages and beliefs. They range from the largest, India, with a population of 1.3 billion, to Nauru – an island in the Pacific – with just over 11,000.  Each member nation is regarded as equal, no matter their size or wealth.

The Commonwealth champions democracy, economic development and human rights. It is a way of nations keeping in touch informally, through friendship and strong historical links.

During the First World War, Britain turned to the Empire for assistance – including New Zealand, India, the West Indies, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Vast resources, especially manpower, was needed. Tens of thousands sacrificed their…

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Our most loved churches

Heritage Calling

There is plenty to see and much history to be discovered when visiting any of the 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK.

Together, they form an unparalleled network of public buildings which sustain local communities.

Keeping these tremendous assets looking beautiful and able to cope with the demands of the 21st century is a constant challenge and costly. The National Churches Trust is the UK’s church buildings support charity and provides support to Christian places of worship.

To mark their 60th anniversary, The National Churches Trust celebrated ‘The UK’s Favourite Churches’ and asked leading public figures to choose their most loved and interesting places of worship. Here The National Churches Trust shares the stories of four remarkable churches in England:

St Wilfrid’s Church, Leicestershire

Chosen by Michael Wood, Historian and Broadcaster

St Wilfrid, Kibworth St Wilfrid Church, Kibworth

The church is not especially memorable for its architecture, perhaps, but…

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Experience the wonders of Shakespeare’s England in 2018

Experience the wonders of Shakespeare’s England in 2018 with a host of exciting events and activities for all the family. See two new exhibitions at Compton Verney and six new summer productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, book into a new boutique hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, celebrate several anniversaries at key attractions and take part in a variety of festivals celebrating arts, literary, music, food, poetry, motoring and the river. 

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Rugby’s links to the Gunpowder Plot

Here’s a similar related post also from a few years ago on the same theme of the Gunpowder Plot, and more so its connection to my home of Rugby, in Warwickshire – more renowned as being the birthplace of rugby football.

Karl Quinney

The Warwickshire market town of Rugby may have been in the spotlight with the Rugby World Cup and from being the birthplace of the game lately.

But as today is the fifth of November – Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire night, did you know it enjoys more claim to fame with its fair share of links to the Gunpowder Plot.

See how and why from my post below

Rugby’s links to the Gunpowder Plot

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