Claremont News 2015


Christmas Card 2015

St Williams College, York

Welcome to our news from York.  Join us as we look back, through these stories and pictures, at the year just coming to an end. It’s been a time of knowing the love and support of our families, friends and neighbours. If you count yourself among them, thank you.

At Peace
Days Off and On
Matthew and Laura’s House
Families Get Together
A Tale of Two Street Parties
That Island Again
Jubilee Year
Politics on the Left
Picture Gallery

Trusting you have a great Christmas and all the best for the New Year
Love from
Barrie and Joan



At Peace

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Standing beneath the spreading leaves of the trees in Studley Park overlooking the glistening lake we scattered his ashes in the evening sunlight. The gentle breeze carried them away.

‘ …. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted …. to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve … to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair …. “

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Days Off and On

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The view from the White Horse on Sutton Bank

We’ve been better organised this year to take the same day off each week. When we could we used them to cycle or walk somewhere in the beautiful hills and dales of Yorkshire.

Days off from the constant demands of life.


Joan approaching Castle Howard

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Matthew and Laura’s House

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In February we helped Matthew and Laura move into their new house in Cambridge. I think we can now safely say that Matthew is a grown up!

I lost count of how many journeys we made across the city, moving their belongings from one place to another. Anyone who knows Cambridge will understand why we spent more time in traffic queues than in actually moving stuff.

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Families Get Together

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L to R – Barrie, Ruth, Jan, Mark

Events have brought our families together a few times this year. In March the Stephensons got together in Ripon for a nostalgic weekend in the place where we were all children for a few years. The photograph is of us outside a house where we lived in Blossomgate. Mark is crouching because he was a little boy when we lived there. Continue reading