Commemorating the gift of Rodborough Common to the National Trust
PUBLISHED: 15:03 02 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:59 20 February 2013
A replacement seat located just outside the grounds of Rodborough Fort was formally handed over on Friday (September 28) by Peter Walker, the Chairman of the Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Centre for the National Trust.
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A replacement seat located just outside the grounds of Rodborough Fort was formally handed over on Friday (September 28) by Peter Walker, the Chairman of the Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Centre for the National Trust. Handed over to David Armstrong Head Ranger on behalf of the National Trust, the original seat recorded the gift of Rodborough Common to the National Trust by Thomas Bainbrigge-Fletcher in 1937.
In his hand over speech Peter thanked all the representatives for coming and outlined the role of the Centre and the financial support given to projects at places like Newark Park, Chedworth, Hidcote and Croome Park.
Peter said: I am delighted for the centre to be involved in such a positive way to recognise this important open landscape owned and managed by the National Trust in Gloucestershire.
David and Adris Cooke, who live in Stroud and are members of the centre, found that the original seat was in a perilous state and in need of replacement.
David who is Vice Chairman of the Centre said that he was thinking about what the Centre could do to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee,
I suggested to the Committee that the Centre should replace the Seat and the inscription and present the restored Seat to the National Trust and the committee agreed.
He went on to explain: Thomas Bainbrigge-Fletcher was a renowned entomologist and lived at Rodborough Manor. He gave the Common to the Trust in order to conserve it in perpetuity - as the Trust is still doing so well. We think that the original seat was placed here after 1950, when Thomas died as the inscription states in memory of We have reproduced the original inscription on the new Seat but added restored in 2012.
The centre made arrangements with Richards Evans the National Trust Countryside Ranger for Rodborough and Minchinhampton Common to find an appropriate replacement for the seat. He arranged for the inscription to be re-carved by Nathalie Bradley, Outdoor Visitor Experience Manager for the Trust. Both were present at the hand over.
In his acceptance of the seat David Armstrong said: I am delighted to have the support of the Centre in this project which both enhances the appearance of the area and records so practically the generous gift of the Common to The National Trust back in 1937. It is also a very good way to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee!
Peter Walker, Chairman of the Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Centre for the National Trust (in red jacket) along with David Armstrong, Head Ranger, and Nathalie Bradley, Outdoor Visitor Experience Manager for the National Trust.