Old Trafford, Manchester , 20th May 2018
Stood on the corner
at a moments attention
looking on as the club i volunteer with
engaged in a mighty test of endurance in the northwest sun
Heat making everyone sweat
as feet hit the tarmac of Manchesters roads
rooting them on, the hardy bunch of volunteers
ready to applaud and guide them toward their rewards
it might not be cash – but that medals more than gold
even taking in its colour – as every year the
roads of Manchester take a pounding
Salford, 4th September
I’m sat down having Just got home from the Imperial war museum, in Manchester, where i’ve been helping out in the galleries, helping people around.
In this role , i’m occasionally stood by the information station, where various objects to do with the first and second world war are on display
This station is mobile and can move around with its four wheels, around the vast area known as the main exhibition space.
The objects on the information station vary, from gas masks to various headgear, and relate to the large objects around the space. There are uniforms from modern day conflict as well as those from world war I and II. As Volunteers, we use the items to introduce visitors to the space as well as putting them at ease with the space they are in – It’s a bit dark in there sometimes.
Monday 5th June 2017
Venue : Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge
An early morning start at IWM North on Monday, as we met up with fellow volunteers and staff from the other branches at IWM Duxford for Volunteers week.
We travelled south through the Midlands on our journey, stopping off on some familiar services on the M6 and M1… the route usually adopted when I visit my relatives there. It was a bit rainy on the way there, but I was looking forward to visiting Duxford. Due to that branch holding most of the museums Aircraft Collection
We arrived at Duxford’s Entrance around about noon, and then after a short repast, we all entered the main hall, where the chairman of the imperial war museum welcomed us all and the ceremonies for the volunteer awards commenced.
I received my award for “Developing in a Role” from the chairman – and heard my Vollie Manager deliver a wonderful (more than a ) few words on why i’d won it!
How I started as a guide, then doing object handling and family history….
I did whisper at one point….”Ta boss! you can stop now….!!!” (sic)
Matt by Fighter Aircraft
After the awards ceremony, we took a look around the hangar and the various activities on display, this included seeing how concorde dipped its nose, to sending messages by morse code – to walking on board a Lancaster bomber. I enjoyed walking round the RAF Fleet, and got a really good view of the planes from the top deck of the gallery.
a literary response to the Manchester Voices Volunteer Choir
Let the people sing aloud,
for those in the audience are justly proud…
of those gathered together in a mere few weeks –
the music director needed some tweaks…
as they sorted the tenors from the bass baritone
with a couple of sopranos sometimes singing alone.
but joining as one, they’ve sung their songs
(and sometimes , their audience have been singing along)
Friday 13th May 2016
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
Another Day of practice for the volunteer choir.
For those who haven’t been reading – I’ve joined a choir made up of volunteers from Manchester Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (MOSI) and Imperial War Museum North
We have Alto’s, We have Tenor’s and we even have the odd soprano in the Mix.
We’ve learned a few numbers – and (Hopefully) we will be performing together at a celebration for volunteers week later this year.
I’ve got over the barrier of singing – now if only I could master my two left feet…
They’ve got us Dancing!!!!
(Update this coming Friday!!!!)