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2017 started off in the usual way, very quiet. In February the whole family made our way up to Manchester for Reggies 1st Birthday Party. A lot of family, friends and nursery friends turned up and it was a lovely day.

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March and Spring arrived and it was time for the Upton St Leonards Spring show. I decided for the first time to enter the photography section. I surprised myself with 3 Firsts, a 2nd and a non-runner. These were my winning entries.
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April arrives and early in the month we had our 602 Signal Troop reunion. Fortunately it was on my door step this year in Cheltenham. At the end of the month I met up with the Army lads again, this time at Twickenham for the annual Army -v- Navy Rugby match. I met up with Sieggie Hebdon and stopped overnight in a hotel.

May arrives and getting things together for our Family Holiday in the Algarve. There were 9 of us in the party so I rented a 6 bedroom Villa in
Armação de Pêra for 2 weeks. The grandchildren really enjoyed it as they experienced their first ever flight in an aeroplane.
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I even managed to get a couple of rounds of Golf in with my buddy of 50 years, Douglas Smith.

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Flaming June arrives, a quiet month, but at the end of the month Tom Jones was performing at Gloucesters Kingsholm Stadium so I managed to get 4 tickets and were joined by our good friends Ron and Rachel Brown.

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July arrives, a game of Golf at Lilleybrook G.C. and also a Corporate day for the T20 match at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival. We took Glenn to Cardiff to see the “Dr Who” exhibition before it closed. Glenn thoroughly enjoyed himself. We also had the Lords Taverners at our Village cricket field for a charity match..

August saw us up in Manchester to see the family and also our Annual Pig Roast at the Village BMI Club.

September was a big month in the Mulcahy household, the arrival on the 7th September of Baby Lily Ann to our daughter Holly and son-in-law John, our 2nd granddaughter.

Four days later Lily’s big sister, Sophia started school at Hardwicke Infants.

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September also saw the Denbury Boys Disbandment Parade in Newton Abbot, Devon. It was 50 years that the Junior Leaders Regiment camp at Denbury shut down for good.

We had a march of about 60 ex boy soldiers up to the Clock Tower where the Mayor of Newton Abbot gave a speech. In the evening A dinner dance at the Newton Abbot Racecourse for 110 people.

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October was a fairly busy month even though we didn’t go abroad as we usually do. Early in the month we were invited to a wedding in Devon. It was the marriage our friends Phil and Jill Budden daughter Sarah to Simon. It was a lovely weekend. We drove down to Devon on the Friday morning stopping off at Sidmouth, then Beer where we had lunch in The Anchor pub. We continued along the coast to Seaton which we didn’t like. We then headed to our Hotel for the first night in Honiton. The wedding was at Deer Park Country House Hotel where we stayed on the wedding night. It was a lovely wedding and the Bride was stunning.

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In late October we took a short 3 day break to the Peak District. We stayed in the lovely Charles Cotton Hotel in the village of Hartington in the Derbyshire Dales. We had some lovely walks through the Dales and also visited a National Trust place, Ilam Hall and Park. A lovely walk up the River Ilam to the Wishing Stones. A lovely break and hope to make a return trip next year. As we were so near to Manchester we decided to visit our Daughter Fiola, our son-in-law Aron and our Grandson Reggie for a couple of days before heading back to Gloucestershire.

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November started off the usual way with my Poppy selling at our local Morrisons Supermarket. The first week started very slowly, I didn’t have much support but I got a bit on my 2nd week. I didn’t think for one moment that I would reach the target I reached last year which was £3700. But the generosity of the community astounded me and the final total was £5208 which included two “old 1 pound notes”…. yes “ONE POUND NOTES”…!!!

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Later in the month we went down to Dorset, primarily to see “James Blunt” in Concert at the Bournemouth International Centre on the Saturday night.

We drove down on the Friday and stayed in Poole. It is a lovely place which we have visited before and love the Bars and Restaurants on the Quayside.

No trip to Poole would be complete without seeing your dream ‘Sunseeker’. Sadly I had to pull out the purchase as I couldn’t get a berth in Gloucester Docks…..!!!

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And so we hit December almost to the end of 2017. Always a busy month. I decided to pop up to my “Home” town and see Family (Sister) and friends.

I dropped Christine off at our daughters in Manchester and I carried on up North. I hadn’t seen my sister for a year so it was nice to catch up. I also met up with some old school mates and talked over old times with a few Beers.

I returned to Manchester and spent a day of quality time with my almost 2 year old grandson Reggie before heading back to Gloucestershire the following day.

Now looking forward to getting the family all together for Christmas.

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