March’s Letter from the Curator (2018)

Dear Friends,

The daffodils poked their heads through during the first week of February. I always think there is light at the end of the tunnel when they appear. The long winter is about the turn into spring and all that brings with it. The daffodil as well as being the national flower of Wales also symbolises new beginnings, rebirth and the coming of spring. I looked up some other meanings for the flower:

  • Creativity
  • Inspiration
  • Renewal and Vitality
  • Awareness and Inner Reflection
  • Memory
  • Forgiveness

So as we begin another new season I think the daffodil is very apt and a good comparison to what the castle is all about.

We have lots happening again this year – all your usual favourites and some new events too.

Peggy Knight is my new character and is proving to be very popular. For those of you who don’t know about Peggy – in 1944 a young woman, who had been previously a shorthand typist at the electricity board in North London, was parachuted into Nazi occupied France. She was a member of SOE and had only received two weeks training and one practice parachute jump. Her story of immense courage and dignity in the face of the most dangerous of situations and is both breathtaking and remarkable as she was recorded moving straight through the middle of enemy lines on her bicycle. Peggy’s story is little known but now is the time to find her. An ordinary woman who you would pass in the street without a second glance, but she was extraordinary, as you will discover. We have a few tickets still available to see Peggy on Tuesday 27 March which includes a cream tea Click Here to view details about this event.

Photography Day – Sunday 11 March draws ever closer – Please ensure you purchase your tickets in advance for what promises to be a brilliant day with many photo opportunities for all you keen photographers and please do let me have copies of any out of the norm that will be eye catching to use on our website.

Next on the very near horizon is Easter Sunday. We have the Vikings returning for two days – Sunday and Monday. The living history camp is certainly worth seeing and don’t forget we had Vikings in the immediate area. The Vikings are always very popular so do come along!

We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Castle which is looking even more magnificent this year. There is a new look in our tea room – all freshly decorated with newly painted furniture and pretty table cloths. For all of you who are looking to have a wedding or a party of any kind, the marquee has been freshly painted too, sporting a brand new wallpaper and a whole new fresh look. You’ll be that impressed that you’ll need to think up an excuse for a party!

We are so looking forward to welcoming you…

Best wishes
Lesley Smith, Curator