Thursday, 29 January 2015

Aglow on the Hill ,Clinging and Up to the Gallery

"Aglow on the Hill" :- Today's a very good day to post this image. The shot was taken from Beacon HIll Nature Reserve that sits between the villages of Ovingdean and Rottingdean on the south coast of England. The building that you see all lit up is the flagship training, convalescent, care and holiday centre that's +Blind Veterans UK (formerly known as St Dunstan's) which opened in Ovingdean in in 1938 and today is the 100th anniversary of marks Blind Veterans UK. The beautiful 1930's built Ovingdean building is the oldest of the three Blind Veterans centres and I know the building very well as I pass it many times a week. Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 by Sir Arthur Pearson as the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Care Committee. For more information on Blind Veterans UK, visit

"Clinging" :- I have found myself walking back home this way a couple of times during the week. It's been bitterly cold and very windy but the view is still terrific. The stretch of cliff runs between Rottingdean and Brighton with Ovingdean in the middle of the run. Beyond that thin wire fence there's an 24 metres or 80 feet drop and the clifftop pathway runs right alongside it. Not a good place to walk if you're not so great with heights. The fence seems to do its job ok and keeps things and peole from going over the edge but if you happen to throw a car at it (like someone did last year) you'll find it's not so good. This is where England comes to an abrupt stop at its southernmost edge, beyond the wire there's a vast expanse of salt water that us Brits call the English channel. If you go in a staright line and head due south across the water from this point you would end up somehwere in the region of Le Havre in France.

"Up to the Gallery" :- Here's a view not many get to see. These are the old wooden stairs that lead up the the gallery that's high up inside the gargantuan St Bartholomew's Church in Brighton. The stairs are hidden behind a door that's locked and the gallery itself is not open to the public. I'd been talking to one of the curators / volunteers who worked there about the church for some time and asked if it was ok to take some photographs of the interior. After half an hour or so they approached me and asked if i'd like to go up to the gallery and take some shots of the interior from there. I didn't need asking again! The official opening of the brick built church was on 18 September 1874 and it stands 170 feet or 51.81 metres in length, 59 feet or 17.98 metres in width and an incredible 135 feet or 41.14 metres in heaigh (with the cross on the top of the church adding a further 9 feet or 2.74 metres). The most astound thing about it's interior and size is that it's free standing. There are no supporting columns or pillars holding it up so the space within the church feel huge.

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