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Monday, 25 February 2008

English Civil War Commemoration at Chapelhay Gardens

Yesterday we went to the Chapelhay Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, to attend the English Civil War Commemoration that was being held there. This was to remember what has been known as the "The Crabchurch Conspiracy", a plot hatched during February 1645, which aimed to bring the town back under the control of the King's army. This resulted in a bloody battle where around 500 people were killed.

The arrival of the men of Col. William Sydenham's Regiment of Foote, marched into the gardens accompanied by the beating of the drum, heralding the start of the event, a sight that hasn't been seen for at least 360 years. Aswell as period music, entertainment and refreshments, there was a demonstration of Pole Lathe turning by Martin Hedley, whilst members of the re-enactment society where on hand to answer any questions relating to the civil war period. Local historian and author of 'The Crabchurch Conspiracy', Mark Vine, was also there to talk to visitors and sign his books.

Apart from the celebations this was also a chance for the honourable David Harris, Mayor of the Borough of Weymouth and Portland, to congratulate the efforts of The Chapelhay Community Partnership, whose aim is to generate a sense of community in the Chapelhay area, intially through restoring and developing the Chapelhay Gardens for community use.
The group is always looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping please contact Sue or Martin on 01305770608 for further details.

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