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Reasons To Be Thankful

A deeply moving surprise was what many of us experienced on the first leg of Moleside’s May weekend to Staffordshire where we spent our Sunday afternoon exploring the National Memorial Arboretum. 

Sheffield Memorial

Here, amongst the many different gardens and woodlands now established on what were once old gravel workings are reminders of the wide variety of services and organisations to which, during the lifetimes of all of us, we have owed so much.

Sikh Mem

Some of us took to the seats of The Land Train whilst others chose a guided walking tour. 

And the surprise? Our learning that the memorials so beautifully presented here now number almost 400 – and there are still plans to include more. 

Conceived more than 20 years ago here is a place of joy where the lives of people lost in service can be remembered surrounded by living trees that have been able to mature in a world substantially at peace.

With the way things are presently in the world our very enjoyable visit felt particularly timely.

Thanks to Peter, Kay & Margaret for helping to capture in their photographs the reflective tranquility of this special place. 

And thanks to Stephen for all the  planning and sorting out that had to go into making this weekend away possible.  

Kay made specially sure that a former member of The Boys Brigade could add a personal photo to his album beside one particular memorial here.

The Brigade was lucky to have you Steve.  Thanks for all you do these days for us in Moleside.

Moleside Group at JCB

Day 2 of our travels northwards saw us welcomed in style to the HQ of one of Britain’s world leading manufacturing companies. 

The Story of JCB tells us that the company’s excavators, bulldozers, materials handlers, loaders and lifters are today also being built in North and South America. Germany, India and China.

Giant JCB Grab

But it is here in Staffordshire that its original experience in using hydraulics to develop agricultural equipment has been grown – over some 150 years – into a major, diversified global industry.

Diesel Car LSR 2006

To remind us that diesel power is more than strong – inside the exciting aerodynamics of JCB’s Diesel Max, Andy Green set a World Land Speed Record for a diesel car in Utah back in 2006.

At just a touch over 350 mph it has yet to be beaten.  

Man in JCB Cab

No wonder the company is proud of its track record – and all of us were very grateful for the chance to get close to the products on which it’s built its reputation. 

Lady driving JCB

As Chairman Paul said in thanking  Steve for his painstaking organisation of our weekend away together, we had enjoyed a couple of days – each inspirational in their own way.

It must have left us feeling still proud to be British..

Union Jack JCB

For details of other recent Moleside visits click TAGs below.