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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Poem: "Tyneham" by Steph Gassor

Sometimes my mind strays alone in the valley
Watching the sunshine dappling through the ageless trees.
The sweet, clear stream trickles on to the coastline
Adding its own music to the humming of the bees.
Then I can wander through the skeletal cottages,
Which once were homes with life within their walls.
A rusting copper nestles in a barren outhouse,
While through the open eaves the pigeon calls.
The whole row of houses stand guard to their village,
Eerily, silently holding their own.
Despite being abandoned, bombed and derelict
A sense of long ago life still abounds.
Within the church take time to linger,
Where names and faces come quickly to life.
Yet in the churchyard those very same names
Are carved in the gravestones, both man and wife.
Climb up the hillside and look down at the village.
Beautiful, quiet, unspoilt it lies
Within the deep valley, cutting down to the fields
To the stark coastline where the waves heave and sigh.
There are very few places that my heart would linger,
And fewer places still that my soul would rest,
But with Tyneham I've found my own little paradise,
And I could settle for nothing less.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Easter 2015 Opening

Tyneham Church courtesy of Clifton Beard 17 March 2007 under a Creative Commons License
Will you be making the most of Tyneham and Worbarrow this Easter?

Tyneham Village, Worbarrow Bay and the Lulworth Range Walks will be open every day over the Easter period 
  • starting on Good Friday 3 April 2015 
  • ending just over a week later on Sunday 12 April 2015
Points to note:
  • The Elmes Grove gate that allows vehicle access to Tyneham is opened at 9am each day and is locked again each evening at dusk  
For more information please see our Visitor Guide and Opening Times pages

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ironic: concern about weatherproofing and vandals

Extract from "The Fight for Tyneham" by the Tyneham Action Group, 1969 

...all the tenants had been informed by the War Department Land Agent that if they so wished all tenancies would be maintained... 
Mr. Philip Draper, who owned the Purbeck stone house on Worbarrow Bay known as Sheepleaze had expressed concern about the weatherproofing of his house and the boathouse and contents, and also the dangers between firing, of troops breaking into the houses and doing damage, as he knew from earlier occupation had been the case. Mr. Draper wrote to the Army Land Agent:
"There are a few items of repair which should be carried out to render the house weatherproof; should I get these done or will you arrange it? With regard to the boathouse repairs, I have unfortunately received no reply to the letters of October 11th and November 18th. It is essential that some repairs are done at once or the whole building will become a total loss and all the boats and equipment therein will be ruined."
Mr. Draper asked for a reply to these specific questions as he hoped to be in a position to advise the other inhabitants of Worbarrow in this connection. The displaced persons tried to keep in touch, to help and advise one another.
No reply was forthcoming, and in view of what was to follow the Drapers now find it ironic that they were once concerned about weatherproofing or damage by vandals.