Stained Glass Group and Ypres Trip


7pm till 9pm – Monday evenings
Youlgrave Village Hall Woodwork Room

This group is for anyone interested in working with stained glass. We have many facilities to enable cold lead or copper foil work and some hot painting, slumping and fuzing.
Beginners will be taught but please ring Judith first. on 01629 630202 Those with experience may turn up and pay for materials they use, or bring their own.
Intermediates may want to experiment and make use of the experience of others there.
Charges will vary according to what is used and will cover costs.

During March, April and May 2018 the group will be mostly working on the 1914/18 Youlgrave Village Community Stained Glass Sculpture. You are welcome to join in.
Please come prepared in old clothes, solid shoes, soap, and plasters.

Youlgreave to Ypres – Coach Trip August 2018

The Youlgreave 1914-1918 Community Group – (01629 630282)
The plans currently in place are described below:
· All coach travel will be with Slacks Coaches. Wheelchairs can be taken but access to the coach is by the steps.
· Departure from Youlgreave on the morning of Friday 17 August 2018 at approximately 7.00 a.m.
· Travel to Dover with comfort stops as required
· Board ferry for Calais
· Calais to Ypres (approx. one hour) staying at Novotel Ypres Centrum, for 4 nights/5 days bed and breakfast

· We have not made a block evening meal booking so that people have the flexibility to do as they please. However, we can pre-book 3 course evening meals at Brasserie Kazematten (200m from The Menin Gate) at a cost of £32 per person if you wish. Should you wish us to book this you will need to let us know on 24 February.
· The cost of the trip including all coach travel, ferry crossings and bed and breakfast accommodation is £356 per person for those sharing a double or twin-bedded room. The single supplement if you do not wish to share is £165. If you are a single traveller we need to know as soon as possible whether or not you want to pay the single supplement or are happy to share with another single traveller to keep the cost down.
· You must have travel insurance to come on this trip. This may be either through your own personal travel insurance arrangement or it is available through Slacks Coaches. We will arrange this with Slacks if required.
· Excursions are all included in the cost (except for entrance fees where applicable). You may choose to come on all or some of them. You are not obliged to come on any, but the overall cost of the trip will remain the same whether or not you come on the excursions.

Planned excursions/activities:

· Saturday 18 August –
Morning – Visit Tyne Cot Cemetery. – approximately 5 miles away
Afternoon – Visit Talbot House (TocH) at Poperinghe – after seeing the house and museum we will enjoy a Band Concert by Youlgrave Silver Band with afternoon tea in the garden of Talbot House.
· Sunday 19 August –
Afternoon – Ceremony in Ypres Cathedral during which the glass memorial piece will be presented to the people of Ypres and the Youlgrave Silver Band will play.
Evening – attend The Last Post Service at The Menin Gate to lay a wreath and during which the Youlgrave Silver Band will play.
· Monday 20 August –
All day – Visit Thiepval Memorial on The Somme (approximately 65 miles away motorway) and nearby Villers-Bretonneaux and visitor centres.
Evening -There will be a concert by The Youlgrave Silver Band.
We are currently arranging for a team of Bellringers led by David Camm to ring a full peal at St. George’s Church in Ypres. This could take place on any day over the weekend and the precise timing (it will take 3 hours) is to be finalised.
· Tuesday 21 August – Return home
The Youlgreave 1914-1918 Community Group – (01629 630282)

Details of what and why follow:-

The story begins in 1922 when Charles Waterhouse installed two stained glass windows and a banner in Youlgrave All Saints church in memory of his brother Rennie Compton Waterhouse who was killed at Gallipoli in 1915. The stained glass for the windows was gathered from the ruins of Ypres Cathedral in Belgium and now exists in the beautiful stained glass memorial windows.
This event has linked the communities of Yougrave and Ypres since that time. Next year, being the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1,is an opportunity to cement the established link and take it on in the future.
Youlgrave Silver Band has the opportunity to contribute to an event in August next year 2018 which will do just that. The Youlgrave1914/18 Community Group is, this winter, creating a sculpture in memory of the local men killed in WW1. This sculpture is to be presented to the people of Ypres at a ceremony in Ypres Cathedral in August next year.
The arrangements for the presentation are made and travelling etc. is available so that people from Youlgrave can support the event. At the moment it is anticipated that up to 100 people will do so.
We have filled one coach for the trip already.
Youlgrave Silver band will play at the presentation of the sculpture in Ypres cathedral, and three other concerts at related venues and be involved in the “Last Post” ceremony at the Menin Gate war memorial.

The sculpture –

The sculpture –was the culmination of a competition winners designs held in the three local parishes. And is being made after a summer of training a team in stained glass skills.
It will be about 2m high, consisting of a base of local lime stone pillars supporting a local oak wheel of stained glass lit from beneath. Through the centre there will rise an oak trunk – from Chatsworth. The lower section will be surface charred and as it rises through the stained glass, it will look organically carved in clean but natural, lines, as the spire of Ypres Cathedral and the tower of All Saints, Youlgreave, signifying a better future. Four arches will cross the central oak in two bell shapes of stained glass, representing four related subjects. Sacrifice, reconciliation, the link, and future hope.
In the longer term it is intended to share the sculpture with Ypres. It is designed to be split into two parts so that it can be moved in part or completely between Ypres and Youlgrave. This will enable it to be used at relevant events in the future and in particular at remembrance services in November each year. The sculpture will be a physical recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and a lasting sign of the spirit of remembrance in both communities for years to come. Also it will be a reminder to all that military conflict is to be avoided in years to come. The band and the communities will have a physical reminder of the cost of war and a further reason to remember Rennie Compton Waterhouse and his comrades from Youlgrave in the future.