Monthly Archives: September 2023

Heritage weekend – Saturday 16th of September

FOSOC had a walk in the old cemetery yesterday afternoon at 2:00 in conjunction with the ‘free Heritage weekend’ this was a Titanic walk. This walk had been fully booked for some time however a few dropped out before the start, making it a group of 22 instead of 25,, some came from Portsmouth. Val Ferguson and Lizzie O’Sullivan were the guides and Bruce Larner was the photographer. However, Val and Lizzie managed the walk which is one of the longest that FoSOC does in what was very humid and HOT weather. By all accounts the group enjoyed the walk – Val and Lizzie were very surprised that many of the group stayed due to the very HOT weather. Many thanks to Lizzie and Bruce for their help. Val Ferguson

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‘Death in a Victorian House’

Today (Saturday 9th September) was my second walk of the year and it was a HOT, sunny afternoon and luckily most of the route was under cover of the trees.  The walk started with thirteen people, and we left the non-Conformist chapel, going up one of the more “rural” paths in the cemetery then cutting across the top of the cemetery, coming back along the yew tree pathway, and ending just outside the Jewish cemetery.  The group heard the stories of sixteen unfortunate people who died by various means in their own home. Here are just three. Norman Oscar Thomas (January 1899) was the son of Oscar a bandsman in the Hampshire Rifles.  Norman lived with his family in Fanshawe Street in Newtown, The family had a maid, called Kate who looked after Norman during the day.  Norman had been … Continue reading

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