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RATTLE OF CHAINS Pt3
 
Previous installment in the April issue of the mag.
 
On 15 August 1809, at Londonderry Ireland, James Dogherty, of the Parish of Templemore in the County of Donegal, enlisted for 7 years in the British Army. He was now 24 years old, 5'5-1/4" tall of dark complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes.
 
On 28 May 1810, he joined 1st Battalion of the British 84th Regiment of Foot in Bombay India.  There he met Edward McGuire from Kell, County Cavan and Henry Lindon from Kellyman, County Armagh - young Irishmen like himself who had enlisted the same month as James, and who later were all found guilty of Felony and struck off by order of Lieutenant General Abercromby...James, McGuire and Lindon were tried at the Madras Barrack on 16 April 1812 with Felony and Burglary and Larceny and "at the Sessions of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery held in the Town of Madras the Twelfth Day of April One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen before the Supreme Court were found NOT GUILTY OF FELONY & BURGLARY BUT GUILTY OF LARCENY"
 
From the Madras Courier dated 20th April 1813...
Supreme Court Fort St George
2nd Session Sentenced, Bernard DUFFY, Joseph WELLINGS, James DOGHERTY, Henry LINDON, Edward McGUIRE and a native called Condaran. Bernard Duffy and Joseph Wellings each soldiers of the 30th Foot had murdered a fellow soldier. In Duffy's case, it was a superior officer. They were sentenced to be hanged by the neck until they were dead. (Duffy's sentence was commuted to transportation for Life).
James Dogherty, Henry Lindon and Edward McGuire, three soldiers of the 84th Foot, were convicted of breaking and entering by night.
The Judge warned them that if it had been a dwelling house they would have lost their lives;  but it was a shop in the Cantonment at Bangalore and two poor natives lost all they had.
SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS TRANSPORTATION!
On 20th April 1813 at Fort St George the Secretary to the Government sent the following letter at Fort William: "Sir, I am directed by the Honourable the Governor in Council, that three convicts have, at the last Sessions of Oyer and Terminer held at this Presidency, been instructed to be transported to New South Wales, and that as there is no likelihood of an early opportunity of conveying them thither direct from hence, they will be sent to Bengal on the Honourable Company's Ship EARL HOWE. The Governor in Council requests that they may be transported to their place of banishment when an opportunity offers..."
 
James Dogherty, Henry Linden and Edward McGuire were sent to Bengal on the Earl Howe and confined in the jail of Calcutta until a tender was made by the Master - Mr Williams- of the Ship BRITANNIA offering to convey the eleven convicts from India to the other side of the world, to New South Wales.
 
The Britannia sailed into Sydney Cove on 12 February 1814 (one week before the Broxbornebury left Northfleet). While most convicts, on arrival, were assigned as labourers to private settlers, the name and trades of new arrivals whose occupations could be used for public works, eg, building jails, barracks, courthouses, stores, were skimmed off by the government. James was eventually sent to Parramatta in a convict work party to build a convict barracks.
 
Almost six months later, on the 28th July 1814 fate would take a hand, and Judith too, with her other fellow transportees aboard the BROXBORNEBURY sailed into Sydney Cove and left their first unsteady footprints in the sands of history...
The end
Elly Hill
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
 
ST. GEORGES DAY 23rd APRIL 2001
 
People make things happen, so many thanks to all those who contributed to making the last year one of the most successful of all times. The number of such people was well over seventy, and as you can guess featured there are those who regularly have dedicated time and a lot of effort -please continue.
 
We are always looking for volunteers for a variety of activities. There is a vacancy on the Parish Council please contact The Clerk Mrs. Sue Draper in the first instance.
 
Three of the five Millennium projects have been completed; two are ongoing, having been adversely affected by the weather. The Moor from famine to feast, too dry then too much water, stopped our intention to plant. The clearance of the two plots for the tree planting could not be undertaken so we are hoping that we can achieve our goal in the coming late autumn.
 
Winner of one category in the Village of the Year competition is something to boast about.
 
Speed limits installed, the Police have had some checks, they did not book any one what a surprise!
 
Neighbourhood watch for the whole village is rolling; over two hundred households have agreed to participate.
 
The Parish Council's own website is augmented by one at the school, and one for the village. We are going into the 21st century in a very positive way. Training will be available for all at the village shortly.
 
The Youth Parish Council although small in numbers has been and continues to be proactive seeking out events, and activities during holiday times for the youth of this village.
 
Efforts are going to be put into understanding the transport needs in the widest view. With Ted Alford's help we want to get our message over to Luton Airport for them to consider people who live under their flight paths when embarking on further expansion and the continuing unacceptable high noise levels of aircraft.
 
We are going to become the first Rose Village in the U.K., so if you would like roses in your front garden please contact the Parish Council, as we will be given many plants during the year.
 
LIKELY LOSS OF SERVICES IN THE VILLAGE
 
Graham Dovey made a very strong plea, asking for more people to use the Village Shop. He was ably supported by a representative of the Post Office, highlighting some of the services offered, that we probably did not know about. A questionnaire was distributed and will be available via the shop, asking people what they require.
 
Ian Pearce continued the theme, as a local specialist trade, butcher, they require a minimum of regular patronage to maintain demand for locally reared meat.
 
The Sports Association offers more than just football; there is cricket, tennis, basketball, and netball along with social activities for all ages.
 
Village Hall is to have its annual general meeting on the Thursday 17th May. They are looking for new committee members with ideas for more use of this village owned amenity. They will be offering cheese and wine free.
 
The Spotted Dog: the Parish Council was asked to write to Enterprise Inns requesting that it remains a Pub and to the District Council to object to any possible change of use.
 
IF YOU DON'T USE IT YOU'LL ONLY LOSE IT.
 
M.W
 
Next meeting of Parish Council
May 14th at Village Hall 7.30pm
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Markyate & Flamstead
Care Group
GRACE II
 
ON Saturday, 7th April, we saw the official hand-over of the up-to-date Community Vehicle from Dacorum Community Wheels. The keys were handed over by Mr. John Milne and a short prayer of dedication was given by the Revd. Jill Carman. We were delighted to have the Mayor of Decorum, Councillor Bert Chapman and the Lady Mayoress there. There were also representatives of the Markyate Parish Council and Mr. Malcolm Wright, Chairman of the Flamstead Parish Council.
 
The event took place outside the Village Hall in Markyate and, despite the awful weather forecasts, we were blessed with a dry sunny morning, enabling Mr John Baker to take some photographs. The ceremony was followed by coffee in the Y2K Hall (thanks to the Hall Committee for this) and a beautiful celebration cake (donated by Miss Ann Toogood) was cut by Mr. Bob Burden, who founded the Care Group some ten years ago.
 
We were pleased to see Miss Lorna Barwell there as it was due to the needs of her Mother, Grace, that Mr. Burden had the idea for the Care Group and the original vehicle was called 'Grace' in her honour. The replacement vehicle will be known as 'Grace II'.
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Fr John Green Writes
 
I am sitting at my computer on Low Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, or, as they now call it, the Second Sunday of Easter. Just two ways of saying the same thing, I suppose. The more things change, the more they stay the same, or, as the French say: Plus ca change, Plus c’est la Meme chose! Why is it called Low Sunday? Well there are two explanations the first is that it follows immediately after Easter, the Queen of the Easter Festivals and anything would seem flat after that, and the second has to do with Agriculture. It is traditional about this time to let the cattle out of their winter sheds and so the people in church could hear the cattle lowing in the fields for the first time since the winter.
 
For many this must be an ironic, if not downright tragic, name for the first Sunday to follow the day when we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To talk about cattle lowing seems indecent at the moment. But we must, if we believe in the truth of the resurrection, share that belief with those farmers who have watched their cattle being destroyed or with those guest-house owners who have had all their booking cancelled. If the resurrection is true, then it is for all, and not just pie in the sky. Until this terrible disease leaves our countryside, we must pray for those who are suffering and we must be alongside them in their trouble. In this way we can show them the love of God, love that is seen so clearly on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Yes, there is the cross, but there is the resurrection too.
 
Next month is my birthday. I used to be sad that the day has no famous saint attached to it. Recently the church has revised its calendar and remembers Julian of Norwich on that day. We don’t know much about Mother Julian (that was not her name), except that she lived at the time of the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt and that she became an anchoress at the church of St. Julian in Norwich at some stage in her long life and that as a young woman she was near, very near, to death and had visions of Christ and the cross and recovered. She then wrote two accounts of these ‘showings’, the first shortly after the event the second many years later, a much fuller and much deeper understanding of what she had seen. She was the first woman to write in English. She was writing at a time when men controlled church and state. She must have been some character to live through what she did and to get written what she believed God had shown her. One thing we could do in Flamstead in the autumn is to set up a Julian meditation group. In that way we will be able to put the events of our lives and the world around us into some sort of prayerful context of the cross of Christ and His resurrection from the dead.
 
Pray for the end of the foot and mouth disease. Pray for those most directly affected by it. Pray for me as we prepare for July 18 God Bless you all.
 
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A TASTE OF THE PAST
 
A syllabub is a real delight to partake of on a summer’s day - if we ever get one! It’s a rich, lemony, alcoholic dish, best eaten in fairly small quantities, as it’s quite rich. Modern versions are not to be compared with the originals.
 
VERY FINE SYLLABUBS
 
10 fl oz chilled double cream
4 oz white wine
2 fl oz dry sherry (Manzanilla best)
1/2 large lemon
About 3oz caster sugar
 
Finely grate the rind of the lemon and squeeze the juice. Add the white wine and the sugar. When the sugar is dissolved, add all this to the cream.
 
Now whisk everything together until the cream falls in soft trails when you lift your whisk. I always prefer to use a balloon whisk for this. It only takes about 10 minutes if the cream is chilled, and you get more air into the mixture. The best things to serve the syllabub in are small wineglasses. 4 and 6 glasses, depending on size. Put them in the refrigerator and leave them alone for about 2 days. The syllabub will gradually separate, the rich lemony cream at the top and a layer of clear lemony wine at the bottom. You eat the top part with a teaspoon and then drink the liquid.
 
A small sprig of rosemary adds a very pleasant flavour, if you let it soak in the lemon juice a little while and then remove it.
 
Syllabubs were often served with ratafia cakes or macaroons. Eliza Smith 1727
 
Marian Pochin
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WI - April Meeting
 
The meeting began with Jerusalem, Apologies and Minutes. Delia Ramage presented Birthday Buttonholes to Lorna Fountain, Madeline Evans and Denise Woods. The members Meeting Committee were thanked for last months meeting and the success of the group meeting hosted by Flamstead and Trowley was mentioned with a plea for volunteers to be put forward for group elections. Our W.I. has a new notice board on permanent loan from Malcolm Wright. There is to be a promotional fortnight in September, prior to that each institute is to keep a record over a four week period of all our activities, the records to be collated so that the W.I. can promote nationally all that we do doing during the promotional fortnight. There is to be a garage sale in June (more details in advert ) Brenda Randall and Marion Pochin attended the W.I. Quiz evening and came a respectable ninth out of eighteen. Delia Ramage then introduced Mr Bill Wittering to talk to us on the History of Post Cards – illustrated with slides. Mr Wittering began with how the postal system started including the introduction of the Penny Black. The first post box was designed by Anthony Trollope, the famous author, who was employed by the post office for 38 years. Emmanuel Herrman of the Austrian Army suggested using card for sending messages and the British Post Office observed the experiment and one year later issued half price stamps for cards. The Post Office ruled that these cards were for an address, stamp and a five word message more than five constituted a letter to be charged at full price. Later when photography improved scenic pictures were allowed but only on half the card. It was a while before it was realised that a line down the centre of the card could ensure space for the five word message, plus address and stamp on the back, leaving the front for pictures or designs. Developments continued with cards becoming more flamboyant, saucy, embroidered, popular songs printed on them etc. etc. They became used for Christmas and Birthdays. By the 1940’s folded cards were developed to be put in envelopes but the post office still remains a popular form of correspondence. After this fascinating talk Jane Lutman gave the vote of thanks. The competition of an interesting card was won by Jeannie Randall with Ann Bisson second and Denise Woods third. Voting was with coins and raised £4.20 for A.C.W.W. Dorothy Strachan won the raffle and Refreshments were served by Deryn Bourne and Audrey Meritt. The next meeting is ‘Resolutions’ on May 10 at 7.30pm
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COUNTY CAPERS
 
Secondary Transfer Rules - I am aware that some 30 parents in Flamstead and Markyate are extremely dissatisfied in that they were not given one of their ranked schools in Harpenden but one in Hemel Hempstead that had been "written in". I have encouraged them to follow the process, that is, to acknowledge the school that has been allocated and to complete the form at the back of the booklet entitled, "What can you do now?" This enables them to indicate their wish to be put on the Continuing Interest list for their ranked schools and to request that they may attend an appeal hearing. Meanwhile they should arrange to be given a conducted tour of the school that they have been allocated as any appeals panel will expect that they will have seen the school to which they object, for themselves. Also, to make out a list of all the reasons why their child will be disadvantaged educationally if it does not attend one of their ranked schools. This will be essential to use at appeal.
 
Whilst the present rules have given a rate of 93.8% satisfaction across the county this year, it is clear that they work to the disadvantage of a number of villages. The rules were discussed at the C.S.F. Scrutiny committee meeting on Wednesday 28th. March and local parents expressed their dissatisfaction there. The final decision, taken at a special County Council meeting on Tuesday 3rd. April, was that the present rules would continue for the 2001/2002 year. However, the "Schools" portfolio holder - (Remember, under recent government legislation, decisions are not taken by committees any longer, committees merely 'advise' cabinet members, who take the decisions).
 
C/Cllr. Keith Emsall,
Schools Portfolio Holder,
County Hall,
Hertford.
SG13 8DF
Has agreed that he will undertake a review of the rules to establish how the villages can be given a fairer deal. Any revisions must be referred to the public for consultation and when that happens we must ensure that Flamstead and Markyate voices are heard.
 
Julian Taunton
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FOOT AND MOUTH
 
It is easy to get the impression that Foot and mouth Disease is an overwhelming disaster to judge from so much of the media coverage with piles of dead sheep and cattle and smouldering fires and mass burials. There are certainly some areas of the country where the disease is epidemic. Fortunately there are not many heavy concentrations of intensive livestock holdings in the Diocese and so far there have been no outbreaks in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire. The number of new outbreaks of the disease has fallen markedly recently, but nevertheless proper precautions are of prime importance at this time. We have set up a special support team to give assistance in confidence, to anybody who is suffering as a result of the disease. There is now a charitable Fund – called A.R.C. Addington Fund based at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ which has been set up to give grants of up to £2000 to farmers and others in the more desperate parts of the country like Cumbria. Donations to the Fund can be made by individuals or congregations to the address above.
 
The congregation at St Leonard’s has a particular involvement in the disease outbreak, Apart from my own involvement as Agricultural Chaplain – our honouree treasurer, who is also a veterinary Inspector, is working a 12 hour day up in London answering enquiries and confirming analyses made by vets out on the farms.
 
But what can the people do here in the village? Well, first of all don’t visit farms unless its an absolute emergency. Don’t use foot paths or walk across fields unless given specific permission.
 
There is a suggestion that the tolling bell might be rung at 12 noon on Sundays while the disease is still with us and invite parishioners to pray for all involved in the disaster – farmers, slaughter-men, veterinary inspectors, contractors and MAFF staff.
 
A suggested prayer -
Hear us, O Lord, as we remember before you all in the farming community, or whose lives are bound up in it, who have special need of you at this time:
all who fear for the continuation of their livelihood or employment;
all who must bear the loss of years of anxious toil and the suffering of creatures entrusted to their charge;
all in doubt about the future for themselves and their families and feel themselves isolated and alone.
Uplift those that are cast down, O Lord, and cheer with hope all the discouraged:
Uphold their faith, raise up helpers in their need and grant that they may ever find in you peace, healing and hope.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
Fr. George
 
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