Sunday, 11 November 2018

We closed at 5.30pm today and many thanks to all those who visited.
I have an update on the mystery of the red poppies appearing all over Caversham. We went out for a walk this evening and saw even more poppies attached to the railings of Christchurh meadows along Gosbrook road. According to the people we met and spoke to tonight, who were also looking at the Poppies, apparently it was the idea of a pupil at Highdown School in year seven, not sure whether this is correct but here is the link.

Sgt/Major William Brant.

Thank you for visiting our studio for the past couple of days.
Last night whilst we were busy talking to some visitors, someone tied a red poppy to the post outside our house. It was tied on the post just as it was getting dark. We would like to thank that person. It was placed in remembrance of company Sergeant Major William Brant of the Royal Berkshire regiment. He died on the 25th April 1917 aged 35. He was the brother of Mrs E Howe, who used to live at our house. For a few years we used to receive Christmas cards for Mrs Howe. I could never return to sender as there was no address, they stopped after a few years.
Her brother was awarded, by the French government, the medal of the Croix de Guerre. The Croix de Guerre may either be awarded as an individual or unit award, to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy. The medal is awarded to those who have been "mentioned in dispatches", meaning a heroic deed or deeds were performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit. The unit award of the Croix de Guerre with palm was issued to military units whose members performed heroic deeds in combat and were subsequently recognized by headquarters.
He was decorated with the Croix de Guerre for bravery and resourcefulness at Loos. His company took a position, but all the officers fell. Brant rallied the remainder of his company, who held the trench till victory was secured.
I managed to find a photograph of William Brant along side his company. (Reading Library) See below bottom left hand corner.

Monday, 5 November 2018



Saturday, 3 November 2018


Christmas At studio 21.
An opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and find something special at Studio 21. Artists and Designers at Studio 21 sell their work at 21 Patrick Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8DD, on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, 10.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m. 
Admission is free and a very short distance from Caversham centre. A good place to find special and bespoke objects, ideal for Christmas presents. Work includes: beautiful hand-made leather handbags and small leather goods, jewellery, painting, prints, cards etc. refreshments