Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Help For Heroes  Tedworth House, Tidworth SP9 7AJ  11-07-14

I was asked by The Worshipful Company of Turners to investigate the possibilities for pole lathe turning at this site. This could add to the many tools and activities used for rehabilitation.

This is an amazing setting for wounded service personnel.

The staff and their organisation have created something very special and their attention to detail reflects their commitment to this very worthy cause.

This bronze in front of the house is an example of that.

The existing green woodworking camp in the wood is very close to the house has excellent access for wheelchairs.

The pole lathes are going to be set up next to this if all goes to plan.

An excellent example of Cedar of Lebanon but this one had Ravens nesting.

The original site for the bodging area was to have been close to this, so plans were changed to leave them undisturbed.


Inside the main building, behind the reception was this stunning window.

This was a hugely humbling experience for me. I spent my time with David Turner who works for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and he works on site three days a week. His colleagues are working on the gardens and they are all helped by the residents as part of their rehabilitation program.

Hats off to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust they are doing a fantastic job and let’s hope they receive all the help they require.

Tedworth House has an interesting history and is well  worth searching, it goes back to at least 1650.
‘During the second World War, Tidworth was an American base and Tedworth House became the Red Cross Club, run by Mrs Theodore Roosevelt Jr, from where, (it is rumoured), hamburgers and ‘doughnuts’ were first introduced into this country! In 1944, Theodore Roosevelt Jr was the first Allied general officer to wade ashore on the Normandy beachhead with the US 1st Infantry Division’

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