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Evacuation, ships and a ‘lost’ train

By Mark Elson in Local People

EXACTLY a century ago this week an entire Forest village  was “evacuated”,  although the forced move was not for the safety or benefit of the uprooted people. 

The story of what might be more accurately described as a mass eviction at Beachley has largely been forgotten – until now. 

A  new book throws a fascinating light on how fears about U-boats in the North Atlantic blighted a village, led to a campaign for justice that lasted a decade, provided money-making opportunities both legitimate and dishonest  and led to a rural backwater being transformed into a massive industrial centre. 

Carol and Richard Clammer of Tutshill first became aware of the evacuation when it was mentioned in a book Carol was helping with on the churches of Tidenham by the Tidenham History Group. 

Carol said: “There was a chapter about Beachley Church which people in the history group had already researched. There were two pages about the evacuation of the villagers which we knew nothing about and we had been here for 28 years.”

But what really kicked it off was a photo from Mr George Grail of former Great Central locomotive 404B derailed from a section of line running through Mead’s Orchard and with Tump Farm in the background.

Richard said: “We spent happy winter days walking around with this picture trying to work out where it was.”

Some four years of pain-staking research in the local area and in archives in Gloucester and London has resulted in Beachley and the First World War: The Story of a Shipyard, a Railway and the Transformation of a Rural Parish. 

It tells how government letters were delivered to every home in the village on Monday, September 3 1917 giving families just 11 days to move. 

Following the deadline of September 14 soldiers from the Royal Engineers and German prisoners of war moved in to begin work on a giant shipyard. 

Beachley, along with Chepstow and Portbury, on the other side of the Severn, were to become  the sites of three ‘National’ shipyards but the venture would end in scandal with no ships ever being built on the English side of the Wye.

Carol said: “The bits that were known had been rehashed in various documents but there was no detail about the amount of change or what happened to the people who left the village. 

“I think there were at least 106 individuals that were evicted. When you go through the (1911) Census returns it’s a bit difficult to work out.”

The only person who was not moved out was Mr Blatchford, the lighthouse keeper – whose granddaughter still lives locally. He had to stay to tend the lights to guide ships through the Severn. 

Former teacher Richard said: “It was a rural idyll and then, wallop, in came 3,000 Royal Engineers and 3,000 prisoners of war in a month.” 

Among those affected were the local bigwigs, the Curre family at Beachley Lodge – the site of which is now the officers’ mess at the army barracks – and Colonel Percival Marling VC who was at Sedbury Park. 

The Curres were moved out, never to return, and although Col Marling had land seized, he was allowed to stay but he would leave the area after receiving his compensation in 1920. 

Richard said: “ It’s typical of the time – there is endless detail about compensation for the landowners.

“There are some wonderful details about the Curres and it’s down to how many cabbages and carrots they had in the field, how many pots in the potting shed and how many rings on the curtain rails. It is that detailed.”

There are many letters in the archives complaining about the lack of compensation. 

Carol, a former adult education manager, said: “The solicitors’ reports and everything have been archived so we could see the development of the angry letters as people got crosser and crosser about not getting compensation or being offered compensation that never appears or is quite inadequate.”

Amelia Saunders, who owned the Three Salmons pub, had to wait until the end of 1927 for her compensation claim to be sorted. 

The pub, which was run by Amy Boyle, was part of one centre of population with the other being around the pier. 

Carol said: “It was all considered one village but quite what happened after the 1911 census up to 1917 when they were evicted, we’re not really sure but I would imagine there would have been a huge amount of change.”

The couple have managed to trace what happened to most, but not all, of the families – it is thought some stayed with relatives and others were put up in the parish but there are no official records. 

Col Marling put up some of his tenants but then insisted the military provide homes for them so the government built what is now Tubular Terrace and Buttington Terrace.

The evacuation and the treatment of the villagers received widespread and sympathetic coverage in the newspapers. 

Richard said: “In terms of a huge war effort it is nothing but for some reason it pricked the national conscience, probably because Marling was so influential.  

“It was all over the national newspapers and we’ve got an article from a New Zealand paper about the ‘death of Beachley’.”

Carol added: “It pulled at the heartstrings because it had been a small, close community: rural, fishing and a bit of a tourist attraction.”

Worldwide sympathy or not, the government was more concerned about the shipping lost to U-boat action at the beginning of 1917 which threatened to cut off essential supplies. 

Richard said: “It was going to be huge – there were 18 slipways in the original plan, five of which were built or started and a wet dock for fitting out which was abandoned.”

There was also the biggest shed in the world, a 1,000ft long fabrication facility, the centre line of which is now Inner Loop Road.

Today, bits of railway line and concrete blocks, made by the prisoners on what is now Pavilion Road for the buildings, can still be found in gardens. 

There are pictures of the development of the yard and railways thanks to a chance discovery in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. 

A researcher looking into Richborough in Kent came across two misfiled government albums showing the Beachley development and alerted Forest railway historian Neil Parkhouse. 

Richard said: “It was a Eureka moment. We would never have found them in a million years.

“These wonderful military photographs, all dated, orientated and mapped, show the building of it in 1918. 

“They are stupendous because they give these wonderful pictures of the whole thing, of the shipyard and the prisoners of war.”

Carol and Richard say the assistance of Tidenham Histoy Group, other historians and various railway and prisoner-of-war experts were crucial in the development of the book. 

“We’ve been careful because we are not railway historians – we’ve had a huge amount of help from the Industrial Locomotive Society, the chap who designed the book is a railway historian and Neil (Parkhouse) of course. 

“The railway was driven in first from Snipe Hill – it was a big railway system but this is a branch line that has never been written about.  

“We’ve managed to find the whole history of the building of the line, track diagrams and lots of photographs.  

“It came down Sedbury Lane and through Sedbury crossing down by Box Cottage by Pennsylvania (village). 

“There were loads of sidings down to the wet dock and the slipways and lots of locomotives, standard and narrow gauge. We have a big appendix of every locomotive that was there.”

There were also ‘lines’ of mainline RODs – the Railway Operating Division of the Royal Engineers – locomotives  which were stored at Beachley after service on the Western Front. 

There are remnants of the railway system, including track and platforms, “if you know where to look”, said Richard. 

Among the many stories about the site is a report in The Times in 1919 that a locomotive had gone missing and another that the commanding officer had ‘lost’ two fields. 

Richard said: “There were at least six narrow gauge locomotives down there, most of them we’ve accounted for being auctioned or sold or moved somewhere else. There are couple which we are not clear about. 

“The local farmer says there is a train here somewhere and people keep telling us this story. “Whether it is just a folk memory or whether lurking somewhere under a field in Beachley there is a narrow gauge steam engine, we don’t know.”

Richard says his favourite tales from the yard are the so-called ‘eye-wash’ stories where managers tried to pull the wool over the eyes of inspecting top brass.

He added: “By the time of the Armistice, it was pretty much finished but there was no need for it – it  never built a ship. 

“There are some wonderful stories about paths being built, trains being put in front of things they didn’t want them to see, stones being painted and the prisoners being told to bang on metal sheets to sound busy.”

There was an attempt by the government to hand the running of the yard over to the trades unions – the Severn Estuary was originally chosen because it was far from traditional shipbuilding centres and union influence – but that failed. 

Richard added: “It was so big the government, gave over the whole disposal thing to a private company which must have made millions.”

There were other, illegal, ways of making money from the shipyard and there are many reports such as the man brought before magistrates after trying to do a deal in a local pub for stolen roofing materials. 

Carol said: “All sorts of local ne’er-do-wells were being nicked for receiving stolen goods. It was rife.”

Eventually much of the site was given over to become the Army Apprentices’ College which opened in 1923 and is now the base for 1 Rifles. 

Carol said she would like to find out more about who came back to Beachley and where they had been during the evacuation. 

The 192-page book features  many contemporary photographs including, bizarrely, some taken by an enterprising Ross-on-Wye photographer of German prisoners of war as a ‘souvenir’ of their time in the camp. 

It is published by Black Dwarf Lightmoor and is officially launched on Sunday (September 17) at a  public event to commemorate the evacuation which starts at 2pm. 

Richard and Carol will also give an illustrated talk about their research at an event hosted by Chepstow Bookshop at the Drill Hall in Lower Church Street, Chepstow on Tuesday (September 19). 

Richard said: “We’ve tried to write an accessible story for the general reader but it has footnotes so other people can follow and carry on the research  – we both feel a good history book is something you can pick up and think” ‘this is interesting’.”

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The 1918 from Beachley

By Mark Elson

THIS fine old engine returned to Beachley where she started her working life almost a century ago,

Kerr Stuart well tank engine 3063 was the star of an event to mark the centenary of the evacuation of the peninsula to allow the construction of a giant shipyard.

The engine was delivered new to Beachley in 1918 and returned courtesy of Bill Parker of the Flour Mill works at Bream who restored her.

Number 3063 spent its entire working life in the area, transferring to the Fairfield Mabey works in Chepstow when the Beachley yard closed.

She is pictured with Keith Burgum of the Tidenham History Group which organised the event.

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Beachley 100 years on

By Mark Elson

A COMMUNITY event marked the 100th anniversary of the most traumatic episode in the history of Beachley.

On September 14 1917 more than 100 people were evacuated from the peninsula to make way for the construction of a massive shipyard.

The event on Sunday, organised by the Tidenham Historical Group and 1 Rifles, was prompted by the publication of a book by group members Carol and Richard Clammer on the events of September 1917 and the industrial development that followed.

The day included the display of the original Beachley steam locomotives, the launch of Mr and Mrs Clammer’s book, buglers and the Fijian community choir of 1 Rifles, displays by local groups including the Severn Area Rescue Association, the Severn Princess Restoration Group and the Chepstow Coastguard. Tidenham Church arranged games for the children.

Sales of the book, Beachley and the First World War: The Story of a Shipyard, a Railway and the Transformation of a Rural Parish were brisk.

Mr Clammer said: “The day has been very well supported and we are particularly grateful to Bill Parker of the Flour Mill in Bream for bringing one of the original Beachley engines and to 1 Rifles for their help in making the day possible.”

Chairman of the Tidenham Historical Group, Keith Underwood, said Mr and Mrs Clammer had worked “tirelessly and with incredible energy” on the book.

He said: “I was brought up with the Apprentices’ School, or college as it became, but it was the Army Technical School (Boys) when my father, a Royal Engineer, brought me and my mother here in 1937.

“When, sadly, the army finally leaves Beachley (in 2027), a new era will open and new generations will see the peninsula develop in a new light.

“I hope its history and heritage will not evaporate in an increasingly materialistic age.

“My thanks and those of all the members of Tidenham Historical Group, are due to Carol and Richard Clammer who have worked tirelessly and with incredible energy to ensure the publication of this magnificent book and for the organisation of this event.

“Thanks are also due to Liz McBride, Coral Blandford and other members of the group who helped make the day a success and thanks, too, to the officers, NCOs and men of the Rifles who made the event possible.”

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today, with the launch of the new polymer £10 by the bank of England, not only is it worth noting that it will, as far as my memory serves, be the very first British banknote to bear the signature of a woman that being Victoria Cleland in her capacity as Chief Cashier of the Bank of England.

That the new banknote commemorates the author Jane Austen not being a female first as the nurse of Crimea fame Florence Nightingale has already featured – That Victoria Cleland seems not to be being widely remarked though it is an achievement denoting her unique rise withing the BoE.

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Victoria Cleland Chief Cashier of the Bank of England
with some she made earlier?

1* see the note at the end of this article – I knew it was going to be a mistake depending on memory!

It is also worthy of note as the Bank of England shows further the demise of security high quality paper for printing banknotes that it was back in the late 1700s that a mill at Mounten near Chepstow was the first to supply high quality linen based security paper to the Bank of England to print the new banknotes on.

I wonder who provides the paper today for the printing of the BoE £100 Million notes (Titans) & £1 Million  notes (Giants) as I doubt that as yet they are printed on polymer!

Other than Chepstow’s own Banks of the 1800s the area has another banking association in that the ‘Cartwheel’ 1d & 2d copper coins of 1797 (a date that remained in use for some time, well beyond 1797!) were struck at the stamping mill at Redbrook.

1* I stand corrected & by none other than the Bank of England in a very helpfull tweet, having read my comments:

 

 

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Hi Greg, actually Merlyn Lowther was the first female chief cashier to sign banknotes. Please see

Here is a full list of the BoE Chief Cashiers and the first was John Kendrick in 1694 and the first woman to hold the office was  Merlyn Lowther from 1999 to 2003 so the best I can offer was that it was a female Chief Cashier who made the momentous move from a paper based printed currency to a far harder wearing and very much less forgeable polymer banknotes.

The full list of Chief Cashiers can be seen in the table below, but unfortunately they lack biographies and pictures – infact copies of the signatures they used would be interesting.

​Victoria Cleland ​2014-
​Chris Salmon ​2011-2014
​Andrew Bailey ​2004-2011
​Merlyn Lowther ​1999-2003
​Graham Kentfield ​1991-1998
​Malcolm Gill ​1988-1991
​David Somerset ​1980-1988
​John Page ​1970-1980
​John Fforde ​1966-1970
​Jasper Hollom ​1962-1966
​Leslie O’Brien ​1955-1962
​Percival Beale ​1949-1955
​Kenneth Peppiatt ​1934-1949
​Basil Catterns ​1929-1934
​Patrick Mahon ​1925-1929
​Ernest Harvey ​1918-1925
​Gordon Nairne ​1902-1918
​Horace Bowen ​1893-1902
​Frank May ​1873-1893
​George Forbes ​1866-1873
​William Miller ​1864-1866
​Matthew Marshall ​1835-1864
​Thomas Rippon ​1829-1835
​Henry Hase ​1807-1829
​Abraham Newland ​1778-1807
​Charles Jewson ​1775-1777
​Daniel Race ​1759-1775
​Daniel Race and Elias Simes (jointly) ​1751-1759
​James Collier and Daniel Race (jointly) ​1739-1751
​Thomas Madockes ​1699-1739
​Thomas Speed ​1694-1699
​John Kendrick ​1694

I am pleased to say that until the burglary at Glance Back, which some may remember, when Lee and I had around £150,000 of items both private and stock stolen between Christmas Eve & Boxing Day some years ago! not only did I own about 8 different Chepstow banknotes but also notes signed by all of the Chief Cashiers from Gordon Nairne to Graham Kentfield and also a decent representation of earlier Chief Cashiers.

The Chepstow Old Bank was formed in 1790 by six local businessmen. A great impetus to country banking came in 1797 when, with England threatened by war, the Bank of England suspended cash payments. A handful of Frenchmen landed in Pembrokeshire, causing a panic. Shortly after this incident, Parliament authorised the Bank of England and country bankers to issue notes of low denomination.This bank is where many of the farmers, shopkeepers and mill owners from around Woolaston in the early 19th century would have deposited their money.  The Chepstow Old Bank went bust in 1869.

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Six Chepstow Bank notes from the 19th century recently sold for a total of £1,930

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NINE rare notes printed by three Chepstow banks are set to fetch up to £3,500 when they are auctioned tomorrow (Thursday).

The notes from Chepstow Bank, Chep­stow Old Bank and Monmouthshire Bank have been put up for sale by one of Britain’s richest men, Jersey-based prop­erty tycoon, David Kirch.

Mr Kirch’s collection of British provincial banknotes is worth around £1m and it is being sold in four parts at Spink in London.

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A RARE £1 note printed in Chepstow nearly 200 years ago and featuring an engraving of the old Wye Bridge has sold at auction in London for £560.

The note, issued on February 13 1823 by the Chepstow Bank, was expected to go for between £300 and £400 in the sale at the Spink auction house.

It was one of six Chepstow notes from the 19th notes that sold for a total of £1,930 alongside two notes issued by the Monmouthshire Bank.

The Monmouthshire was founded in 1790 by William Curre of Itton Hall with George Smith but went bust just eight years later so its notes are comparatively rare.

One of the bank’s five guinea notes fetched £380 – which was valued at £300-£400 – while a £10 note, which included a note about a bankruptcy went for £570 which was also within its estimate of between £500 and £600.

The other Chepstow Bank notes were a £1, a £5 featuring an illustration of the castle, town arch and port and a £10 note with an illustration of the Wye Bridge issued in 1823.

The bank was formed in 1790 by six local businessman but went bust in 1829.

The other notes were printed by the Chepstow Old Bank which operated between 1827 and 1866.

A £1 note issued by the bank was of interest because it misspelled the names of one of its founders, Crawshay.

Tom Badley, a banknotes expert at Spink, said: “This is the finest and most complete group of Chepstow provincial banknotes. It is unique in its quality.”

Head of banknotes Barnaby Faull added: “Merchants would get together and set up their own banks.

“But their notes – which were like IOUs – could only be used locally so when these provincial banks went bust, as the Chepstow Old Bank did, their notes were completely worthless.

The notes were put up for sale by property tycoon David Kirch whose collection of British banknotes is worth £1 million.

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Hi,

my first reaction to the death, at only 52, of Karl Daymond, after confirming the sad news, was on Twitter:

Sad & untimely death last night of singer & entertainer ran & singing groups thoughts with his ptnr. Ian

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Karl’s death was undeniably untimely as it was only last year that his 50th. birthday was very publicly celebrated by his family, friends & various of his singing clubs.

I understand that the efforts of the NHS from the First Responders to the final stages of his life were as ever exemplary, despite the endless denigration of the NHS by those seeking political capital at their expense. I am informed that after some 3 hours of hands on efforts to save his life it was decided further action would prove futile and there was a belief that his condition and its outcome were congenital and at this stage inevitable.

My thoughts are with his family and his partner the Tony Award winning ‘Scenic Designer’ Ian MacNeil, though it must be stated that he will leave a large hole in the lives of his followers in his various singing groups.

Besides his more prosaic singing groups Karl was not only from a musical South Wales family but after his classical training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio Karl sang as a perincipal baritone soloist with the Royal Opera and bothe Welsh & English National Operas performing in many a production internationally.

With his many and varied talents it is unlikely that anyone would have the timerity, abilities and charisma to take on the daunting challenge of continuing to try to motivate, manage and train the various singing clubs and factions he founded and promoted – memory of their achievements will form an indelible part of the memorial to Karl Daymond’s personal achievements and his unique style.

Tributes paid to “larger than life” Chepstow opera singer who died after collapsing at council meeting

Tributes paid to popular opera singer, Karl Daymond, who died after collapsing at council meeting

Tributes paid to popular opera singer, Karl Daymond, who died after collapsing at council meeting

Karl Daymond, 52, was taken seriously ill on Wednesday night before being rushed to the Royal Gwent Hospital, where he died.

A much-loved figure within the community, he had previously performed for royalty alongside the late legendary Welsh actor Victor Spinetti.

Classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and National Opera Studio, Mr Daymond sang as a principal baritone with the Welsh and English National Operas on renowned stages across the world.

But he was best-known in the area for leading the Chepstow Castle Singing Club, the female-only Chepstow Chatelaines choir, and Usk Singing Club.

Under his stewardship, all three choirs had performed at last year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny.

Mr Daymond also ran the Forest of Dean Singing Club and the Duke’s Yard Singing Club.

Dr Glyn Jones, a family friend, and tenor in the Chepstow Castle club, said: “The man was a shining light in Chepstow and the whole area and was the star leader of five singing clubs.

“Karl was a motivator and he got the best out of people. He enjoyed seeing people enjoying their singing and the singing club has two very important rules.

“We were never critical of anyone else’s singing and were there to enjoy. Every Thursday night was a breath of fresh air.”

Speaking of the impact of the sudden death on the community, Dr Jones added: “It’s just like a dark cloud. It’s basically the loss of a local star.

“In his background, he has performed at the top of the professional game and was and was able to instil that professionalism in ordinary people. He had this human touch that reached everybody and his efforts in his community were second to none.”

Mr Daymond also served as the choirmaster of the St. David’s Hospice Harmony Choir and in July, he led the group in its first public performance at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Emma Saysell, chief executive of the hospice, said that he had made a “remarkable” impact on the lives of patients, and described him as “extraordinary and inspirational.”

Mr Daymond’s reach far extended the singing clubs and his presence and support was felt by other community groups, including the Chepstow to Tintern and Wye Valley Cycle Path project.

A group statement on the group’s Facebook page read: “Let us take a minute silence and stop what we are doing to remember him, he died young and was a wonderful warm figure of a man. Karl was an ardent supporter of the project. I light my candles to him”.

Tributes also came from town councillors, many of whom were among the 80-plus people present at the meeting.

Cllr Paul Pavia said: “He had immense energy and a sense of fun and that was infectious”, while Chepstow mayor, Cllr Dale Rooke, added: “Karl was a larger than life character within the community, he will be sorely missed.

Mr Daymond had been due to speak on the future running of Chepstow Drill Hall before becoming short of breath around 15 minutes into the meeting.

First-aiders initially attended to him after he collapsed outside the council chambers before paramedics arrived.

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An Earlier Tribute to Karl Daymond
Written Oct-2012:

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FIRST PERSON: Operatic life of stars, songs and suitcases

OPERA singer and actor Karl Daymond has performed for royalty, starred alongside the late legendary Welsh actor Victor Spinetti and owns ‘the smallest opera house in the world’.

He talks to KATH SKELLON about a career spanning more than three decades.

IT was such an honour to have been asked to sing at the memorial service for Cwm-born Victor Spinetti at The Actors’ Church in Covent Garden last week. I had performed alongside him in the Carl Rosa Opera Company’s production of The Merry Widow.

It was a moving tribute to a great chap and one of the funniest afternoons I have spent.

There were readings from Carry On actress Barbara Windsor, Jim Davidson, Barry Cryer, Rob Brydon and Ronnie Corbett, who got stuck in the church loo, delaying the service by ten minutes.

Victor was a wonderful colleague.

It was a joy to play scenes with someone of his experience and talent. He starred in all The Beatles’ films and was a close friend of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The stories he told about his illustrious career were hilarious and heart-warming.

Over the years I’ve been lucky to perform alongside many great actors, such as Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman, and perform all over Europe and the US as a principal baritone. I was a soloist in The Royal Variety Performance in 2004 and have sung in front of 79,000 people at Old Trafford.

I am an entertainer who has enjoyed a successful singing career but nowadays I enjoy nothing more than a good sit down at the piano for a spot of my own brand of musical entertainment, and running The Singing Club in Chepstow and Lydney.

My love affair with singing began at an early age. I grew up in a musical family in Neath watching my cousin Della Jones – a mezzo-soprano – perform, so a singing career seemed inevitable.

I once saw Della sing at the Royal Opera House, London, and remember thinking that that seemed like a nice thing to do.

I loved the combination of music and drama. My school had two full orchestras and all the instruments you could think of. The peripatetic teachers were so inspirational and committed.

Singing is in our hearts in Wales and back then all the towns had an amateur operatic society that would put on shows.

Everyone would be a part of.

I went to see Della perform in Venice, Italy, which made me think that if she could travel and do something she loved to do then I could, too.

I took to the stage playing the clarinet in the orchestra in an opera in Swansea when I was 16 and knew it was where I wanted to be.

At 18 I successfully auditioned for a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. It was a big leap moving from Wales to a flat in East London, but as students we had free passes and spent many evenings standing at the back of the opera house.

It was a hot-house of music and drama, language and movement at a very high level. As well as singing I studied the piano.

I spent six years learning my craft, attending at The National Opera Studio sponsored by the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

I have had one or two mishaps on stage, which is every performer’s nightmare. On one occasion I came on stage through a trap door in the middle of someone else’s love scene and had to walk off the stage. It was deeply humiliating but very funny after the event.

During that period I sang in The Merchant of Venice alongside Dustin Hoffman. We performed eight shows a week for three months. It was fascinating to watch someone of that level and commitment.

I spent 15 years in London living out of a suitcase while working as a freelance for all the UK opera companies in Europe and the USA. It was exciting.

People say it looks glamourous from the outside but it is extremely hard work.

I worked in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and Holland. I once performed Don Giovanni in Italian at a festival in Italy which was nerve-wracking and I also sang at the Italian premiere of Bernstein’s Candide.

After a while hotel rooms and theatre can be anywhere in the world. I was desperate to settle down somewhere.

I spent a lot of time in airports travelling from one performance to another. There was a time when I was performing in Berlin by night and recording an opera in Paris in the mornings.

For two weeks I would take two flights a day and was exhausted.

When I got back to London I was tired of travelling and decided to make Chepstow my home.

It’s central between my family in Swansea and London and is a great town.

It felt like coming home.

Although I didn’t know a soul when I arrived I made it my home and have been here ever since.

In 2004, I performed in front of Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Show when I sang The Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance. I remember standing in the wings with Liza Minelli, Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Elton John, watching rehearsals, in awe. It was so surreal.

We had a dress rehearsal the day before with costumes and cameras, so I wasn’t too nervous.

One my rituals before performing is that I always have to watch whoever is on before me so that I can hear the response of the audience.

In another live television performance I was standing in the middle of the pitch at Old Trafford on my own preparing to sing Jerusalem to 79,000 rugby league fans.

It was hard to take on board how many people there were and quite daunting. It was live on television so I knew I couldn’t go wrong.

Performing is quite similar to sports in that you have to get in the zone, but it was magical to hear the crowd were singing along with me.

I’ve made many recordings, radio and television appearances, including two films for the BBC, one of which won the Gramaphone and Vienna TV awards.

I’ve also appeared with many opera companies and orchestras, from The Royal Opera House to The Royal Philharmonic, and with Lesley Garrett and Sir Thomas Allen.

One of my biggest roles was starring in the film Trouble in Tahiti – a Bernstein opera for the BBC which gained a Grammy nomination. I had to sing live to music pre-recorded by an orchestra, on set.

Of all the performances I have done I enjoy the intimate audiences best. I find huge theatres impersonal and can’t see ‘the whites of their eyes’ or if they are enjoying it.

I once had the privilege of performing with Montserrat Caballe at the Banqueting Hall, in London’s Whitehall, at a gala concert for Diana, Princess of Wales, whom I was honoured to meet.

She was the President of The British Youth Opera, of which I was a member.

Diana did her job extremely well and she would always have something funny to say.

I had no idea then that I would be walking behind the gun carriage at her funeral several years later in 1997, when I was asked to represent the British Youth Opera at her funeral.

The public display of grief, as I walked from St James’ Palace to Westminster, was extraordinary.

My career continued to blossom and saw me set up the Operaplayhouse company with friend and mezzo Pippa Longsworth.

We bought a tiny trailer and turned it into an opera house.

It’s the smallest in the world and can seat 12 people. It also functions as a stage for much bigger outdoor audiences and we would perform all over the country together. We performed the Guinness World Record for the shortest opera, at three minutes and 34 seconds.

I still perform self-penned silly songs, most recently on The Bookshow for SkyArts, with Mariella Frostrup.

We write topical songs performed in an operatic-style.

Last year I had the honour to be asked to make a special recording in London as a requested artist for Anna Scher when she was a guest on BBC R4’s Desert Island Discs.

Until recently I was the music director with the Chepstow Male Voice Choir.

My passion for singing led me to form The Singing Club a few years ago. It’s a group for adults who want to sing but don’t necessarily want to audition.

In the club you don’t need to have read music, you won’t be asked to sing on your own and you don’t need any singing experience at all. We sing everything from folk to gospel, classical to rock and pop and everything in between. We’ve covered Leonard Cohen, Queen, and performed Chariots of Fire accompanied by a piano on wheels, when the Olympic Flame came to Monmouth.

Singing is a way of bringing people together and is a part of every culture. Singing is also a good release in times of grief and tension.

It’s about building confidence in our clubs in Chepstow, Usk and Lydney. We are thrilled to be singing our Christmas Carols at the Wales Millennium Centre in December.

I am saddened when people think they can’t sing. I always say that if you can speak you can sing.

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A local paper wrote of him:

Tributes to popular singer after collapse at council meeting

Thursday, 10 August 2017 By Mark Elson in Local People

CHEPSTOW has lost a ‘larger than life character’, the Review has learned, after opera singer Karl Daymond was taken ill at an ‘emotional’ town council meeting to decide the future of the Drill Hall on Wednesday, August 9.

Karl was known to many people in Chepstow and the surrounding area as the ’Singing Clubber’, running five singing clubs in Chepstow, Usk and the Forest of Dean.

Mayor of Chepstow, Cllr Dale Rooke, said after his sudden death: “Karl was a larger than life character who is going to be very sorely missed. He was very involved in the community and I’d known him for about six years since I became a councillor. It is heart-breaking that someone so community-driven was taken from us at such a young age.

“The meeting was to decide the future of the Drill Hall. It never actually started as we had fifteen minutes for the public to speak before-hand. Two speakers were left and Karl was one of them.

“He was quite stressed about speaking and we think that in itself may have been a contributing factor. Karl got up to leave the room and collapsed on the landing outside.

“It was an emotional meeting, but we knew it was going to be. About 80 people were present. Many of the speakers were supportive of the proposed lottery bid and some criticised the management culture of the proposed Community Interest Organisation, but there was no animosity.

“It was particularly traumatic as when he collapsed, everyone was stuck in the council chamber and lots of the people in the room knew Karl.”

Karl trained as an opera singer. As a principal baritone he sang with English National Opera and Welsh National Opera, performing at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and at Glyndebourne.

He ran the Chepstow Chatelaines, Duke’s Yard and Chepstow Castle Singing Clubs in the town and singing clubs in Usk and the Forest of Dean.

He organised Songs of the Somme at the Drill Hall last November and in July this year, the singing clubs sang a Syrian song at the iNEED Hope festival for refugees in Herefordshire.

The meeting to discuss the future of the Drill Hall is now due to take place on Wednesday, August 15, at 7pm at the Palmer Centre in Chepstow.

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On a National scale here is an example of the coverage:

Opera singer Karl Daymond dies in arts row meeting

  • 11 August 2017
 Karl Daymond
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An opera singer collapsed and died while arguing to save an arts venue.

Karl Daymond fell ill just before he was due to speak at a meeting about Drill Hall in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, where he had directed shows.

He was a passionate supporter of the arts who wanted to ensure the future of the venue.

Chepstow mayor Dale Rooke said he was “one of those larger than life characters” with a “huge heart and a huge passion”.

“He will be sorely missed and it’s a huge, huge loss to Chepstow,” he added.

Mr Rooke said Mr Daymond was “quite stressed” about speaking at the meeting, which was organised to allow locals to have their say on the future of the hall.

It came amid a row over whether the venue’s ownership should be transferred from the local authority into the hands of a newly-formed charity.

‘Emotional’ meeting

The hall secured £50,000 from the Big Lottery in February to fund renovations with plans for a further £1m bid dependent on who owned it in future.

Mr Rooke said: “It was an emotional meeting but we knew it was going to be. About 80 people were present.

“It was particularly traumatic as when he collapsed, everyone was stuck in the council chamber and lots of the people in the room knew Karl.”

Mr Daymond trained at The National Opera Studio before touring the world with both the English and Welsh national operas.

His career included performing at the BBC Proms in 1999 and 2002, and twice at the Royal Variety Performance, in 1982 performing The Pirate King from Pirates of Penzance, and as a soloist in 2004.

He appeared with Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman in a 1989 production of the Merchant of Venice, and took a starring role in Leonard Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti in 2001.

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My Uncle Michael James Cedric Radclyffe was born on the 4th. of April 1935 in The Bridge House, Bridge Street, Chepstow. He was the youngest of 3 children born to Doris and Briavels Radclyffe. He had a sister Heather and a brother Gordon.

He was educated at Chepstow Primary School (where Stuart Crystal used to be). He then went to Lydney Grammar School, whilst there he had a cricket trial for Somerset. They then changed the boundaries so he then joined Gordon at Monmouth Boys School; he was very keen on any sport. Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Boxing and Cross Country were amongst the events he took part in. Michael was also a keen chess player and had trophies to prove it. Golf was also an enjoyable pastime of Michael’s.

He left school and joined the sports staff on the Bristol Evening News, where he was good at tipping horses.
His father was called up during the 2nd. World War, so Michael came back to Chepstow to work in the family veg shop in Bridge Street.

He was then called up himself and joined the RAF in 1953, he was Coxswain in the Air Sea Rescue Costal Command, and he travelled the world in his 22 years, taking in the four home countries, the Far East, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon and the Maldives.

Whilst being posted to RAF Mountbatten in Plymouth he met Renee a local service WRAF and they married in September 1964, they had 3 children, Christopher, Geraldine and Annette. Further postings included Scotland and 3 happy years in Cyprus with his family.

On leaving the RAF he was the Manager of a hotel in Alness, Scotland. They then later moved back to Plymouth where Michael was Mess Manager in the Sargeants Mess at Mountbatten. He then decided to work for himself as a painter and decorator.

When his mother died in 1980 the family moved to Chepstow to live in The Bridge House to care for his father, he opened a clock and brass shop in Bridge Street, the same one he had sold fruit and veg in, so he had come full circle.

The family moved to Bulwark in 1988, after the death of his father.

Michael had 8 grandchildren: Darryl, Cameron, Cally, Robson, William, Franchesca, Chloe and Ammon. Four years ago Michael discovered he had a daughter, Jan, who is the eldest of his children.

His grandchildren follow him with the love of sport. When he retired he kept his brain active by doing quizzes, crosswords and backing horses, woe betide anyone who came to the house and didn’t know the capitals of any country, he could recite any Derby winners back to 1954.

Michael loved to write poetry, often he sent examples of his poems to the local newspapers with a select few making it into print. He also liked to write letters to prominent people, he even wrote to the Duke of Edinburgh, enclosing photographs of China Bay when the Queen & Duke visited there. He always received replies and he kept them all in a special folder.

Michael was a great host in his younger years and would talk to anyone. He loved to play silly games such as ‘Snatch The Penny’ and was very competitive in this game! His ‘side step’ was also a great amusement to him as long as he caught you out.

Michael loved a bargain and would haggle to get the price down, which made him a great market trader in his day at Chepstow Market.

Michael was the sort of character you wouldn’t forget in a hurry, he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him and he is now at peace.

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AluK – UK Relocating To Newhouse Trading Estate Chepstow

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A LEADING UK designer and engineer of aluminium building systems, AluK, is relocating its headquarters to Chepstow with the promise of new jobs and investment for the area.

Monmouthshire County Council’s chief executive, Paul Ma­tthews said: “The multi-million pound invest-ment at the Newhouse Industrial Estate follows three years of substantial growth in the UK market. I am really impressed by the AluK’s vision and values, and welcome its decision to invest in this region. It is a real coup for us and I look forward to a strong relationship.”

The new facility is at a site formerly owned by Mabey Group. AluK’s managing director, Russell Yates, said: “Our decision to come to this larger site in Chepstow is essential for our growth. It will increase assembly and production capacity, support innovations in product designs and technology, deliver essential training, showcase products and provide much-needed warehousing and office space.

“Over the past three years we have outgrown our facilities in Newport and the Newhouse site means we can now invest in new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and create more jobs. We have offered everyone in Newport the chance to come to Newhouse and we will create new jobs as well, so it’s an exciting opportunity for us and the south Wales region.

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IN MEMORIAM: Adam Lawson DALL of Chepstow, born in Dunfermline, Fife

IN MEMORIAM: Adam Lawson DALL of Chepstow, born in Dunfermline, Fife
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IN MEMORIAM:
Adam Lawson DALL
of Chepstow, born in Dunfermline, Fife

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Adam Dall was born in Dunfermline on 22nd. June 1949 & died at his & Eileen’s home in central Chepstow on Monday 05-Sep-2016 having made his long term partner, of 29 years standing, Eileen Bishop a last cup of tea!

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Adam will be missed as one of the characters who had lived in central Chepstow for many years and was well known to many, he will be particularly missed by Eileen and the many with whom he socialised – he also leaves daughters of a marriage which ended many decades ago.

Adam had as a younger man been a high wire hanger in the power industry before ‘grounding himself’ for safety reasons aged 58, having broken his knee.

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Adam was a hard working specialist who worked for power companies, not just in Britain, but across the Continent when he worked on cables he was hard working & highly skilled. After his accident he worked when able and was an ethical and hardworking labourer with considerable stamina and strength.

THE TRIBUTE TO ADAM

by: Eileen Bishop’s daughter Michelle English

A humble man who never asked for anything

Adam Lawson Dall was born on 22nd June 1949 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.

Bought up in a hardworking Scottish family to father Peter who was a ship builder and worked for the MOD and mother Jessie who looked after the family and later ran a pub. Adam had a brother John and two sisters Nancy & Karen (Nancy sadly passed away 6 weeks ago) Karen and her husband Malcolm are here with us today along with his niece Wendy, Adam also had two daughters Louise and Collette from a previous relationship.

Adam attended Cross Gates primary school , then moved on to high school at Cowdenbeath , he loved cross country running and was fantastic at football but his eye sight let him down and could not continue to play. When he was younger his mum Jessie loved to feed Adams healthy appetite, when he used to come home from school his mum would sit him in front of the tele with his plate on a stool but with Adams eyesight being so poor he would sit real close to the tele, he was forever shouted at to move because no one else could see the tele because his plate was plied so high (he still had that healthy appetite, which Eileen loved feeding too)

Adam was already showing signs of being a hard working lad when he used to go swede and potato picking with his mum Jessie, one of his first jobs was delivering fruit and veg around Scotland.

Adam started his overhead Pylon career in 1967 when he went to work for Eve’s construction with his uncle Winnie. In the early 70,s Adam worked all over Europe, in Holland & Germany to name but two places, he was a man’s man and loved the banter with the boys he worked with whilst away but whenever he returned home to Scotland he would bring his mum Jessie little presents, windmills, clogs, and ornaments of the places he had been, he loved her dearly.

Adam worked for various companies over the years, Hawker Sidley was the main company he worked for. He was known by many in the trade, and he worked locally too and worked in Lydney and on the Severn bridge, there will be many of you here today that he worked with and had a laugh with however one person he worked a lot with was Jock.

Jock first met Adam in 1984. One thing each and every one of you here today will know Adam for was his sense of humour, he just had a way of making people Laugh, with the things he came out with, Jock can recall one particular day when they were travelling down the M5 to Cornwall, Adam was in the passenger seat and all of a sudden he started waving and cheering at a lorry beside them, Jock said Adam who are you waving at?… to Jocks surprise he was waving at the John Smiths Lorry driver!  He turned to Jock and said seriously ‘you better slow down and let him get to Cornwall before us’ -Adam loved a pint!

Adam met Eileen in 1987 when she was working in the Castle Inn in Chepstow, he asked her for a drink to the 3 tuns just across the road! It was from there their friendship first grew, Adam was looking for lodgings and Eileen said he could rent her spare room …….he never left! They had 29 years together, they had their ups and downs like most couples however they got through everything as a team, and there was certainly more laughter than tears, plenty of love and deep respect for one another.

They made friends with many of you during these years as they socialised round the town when Adam came home on weekends after working away. You may have met him in any of the pubs in Chepstow , most recently he enjoyed a pint of bitter with friends in Wetherspoons .

Adam’s working Career ended when he was 58 , there was nothing pre planned, fancy or glamorous about his retirement, whilst working away he fell out of his caravan in the middle of the night and broke his knee, he swore blind he was sober…..(Eileen knew otherwise).

Adam was a generous man and he would always come home with something for Eileen, a packet of sweets, a custard slice, or just some strawberries. He would always care about others around him and would give you his last penny if you needed it.

Adam had a special bond with Michelle and Damon who both thought the world of him , Damon would have the odd beer with Adam and he would always offer Damon some advice , Damon looked up to him and respected him. Michelle’s love for Adam grew over the years as he cared for Eileen and looked after her. They all spent time together birthdays and Christmas especially, Christmas mornings were always good fun and lots of laughter, Damon would take hats for them all to wear, the year before last Michelle got Adam his own tele and sky TV put in the Man cave as he called it! He was thrilled to bits no more watching soaps!

Adam was an intelligent man and spent a lot of time doing crosswords, he loved listening to the radio and music, he loved to watch programs about history and nature, but most of all his passion was Sport. He loved all sport, Rugby, football, snooker, Golf, darts and F1 to name a few, and recently watched the Olympics, he could often be heard shouting at the tele, cheering or swearing, Eileen used to smile, he was happy, that made her happy .

Adam died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday 5th September in his own home, he will be remembered, amongst other things, for his sense of humour, for being humble, loyal, honest, hardworking and for loving his friends and family, he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

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May he rest in peace.

Adam Dall’s funeral service was conducted at:
The Forest of Dean Crematorium
at 12:30hrs. on Friday 23-Sep-2016
by: Terri Weldon of

Funeral Directors:
Philip Blatchly & Son,
5 Station Road,
Chepstow,
Mon
NP16 5PA
Tel: 01291 624939.

I would appreciate it if anyone with further details of Adam’s life they wish to be included in this brief Obit./Memoriam/announcement would contact me (In Confidence).

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Greg_L-W.

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Taking A Dive @ Chepstow Castle

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Hi,

Now THAT’S a high dive! Daredevil Olympic diver leaps into a river from a 85ft high CASTLE 

  • Blake Aldridge, 34, couldn’t resist the challenge of conquering the 11th century Chepstow Castle 
  • He dived head first into the River Wye – from a height which is an equivalent of six double-decker buses 
  • The diver competed alongside Tom Daley in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10m synchronised final

A former Olympic diver took on the biggest feat of his career when he leapt into a river from a 85ft high castle wall.

Blake Aldridge, 34, couldn’t resist the challenge of conquering the 11th century Chepstow Castle – diving head first into the River Wye – a height equivalent of six double-decker buses.

Despite the stomach churning drop, it posed no problems for the British athlete, who pulled off an enviable performance, as seen in these awe-inspiring images.

Awesome sight: Blake Aldridge, 34, leapt from the 11th century castle wall into the River Wye which is 85ft down

Blake has kept his form and fitness since competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Tom Daley

The 34-year-old chose Chepstow Castle in South Wales for the feat

 

Shape: Blake has kept his form and fitness since competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Tom Daley

Head first: Although now 34, which would be regarded as a veteran age in diving, Blake is still competiting in the sport

Head first: Although now 34, which would be regarded as a veteran age in diving, Blake is still competiting in the sport

Blake said: ‘It’s absolutely amazing, it’s death-defying.

‘You’re jumping off something you shouldn’t jump off and fighting against every instinct in your body that says don’t do it.

‘That’s the beauty of cliff diving. We only need a high take-off spot with a stretch of water below to showcase our sport.’

Blake famously competed alongside partner Tom Daley in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but they fell out after finishing eighth in the 10m synchronised final.

He then turned his career to cliff diving and will this weekend take part in the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

He’ll be competing alongside two other British athletes, reigning champion Gary Hunt and wildcard diver Mat Cowen, fighting for a British victory. 

Next step: The diver is now to compete alongside two other British athletes, reigning champion Gary Hunt and wildcard diver Mat Cowen, in the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Next step: The diver is now to compete alongside two other British athletes, reigning champion Gary Hunt and wildcard diver Mat Cowen, in the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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