Founded by the daughter of a U.S. Civil War Army veteran in 1910, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Then in 1972, President Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the 3rd Sunday of June each year. The U.K. follows this observation.
A customary day for the celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe is known to date back to at least 1508 and is usually celebrated on March 19th, recognised as the feast day of Saint Joseph.
In countries, including Spain and Portugal, Father’s Day is observed on 8th August.
Germany marks Father’s Day on Ascension Day in May or June, 40 days after Easter, while Australia and New Zealand commemorate it on the first Sunday in September.
In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on 5th December, the birthday of their late king who was considered the ‘Father of the Nation‘.
Russia continues a tradition from the Soviet Union of celebrating “Man’s Day” on ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’ on 23rd February, which marks the first mass draft into the Red Army.
In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19th (on a Saturday this year) in honour of both men and boys.
Today at 3pm, taking place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, is the funeral of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died peacefully at his home in Windsor Castle last Friday, 9th April. His death is being mourned across the world.
The photograph shown is one which our Queen shared last night, of the royal couple relaxing on the grass at the Coyles of Muick near the Aberdeenshire town of Ballater, close to the Queen’s private estate of Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands, taken by the Countess of Wessex in 2003.
Prince Philip was born on 10th June 1921, in Mon Repos, Corfu,Greece. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg and through his maternal lineage, Philip was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece & Denmark. In 1922, Philip’s uncle, King Constantine I of Greece, was forced to abdicate after the debacle of the Greco-Turkish War. Philip’s father, who was working in the army, was accused of treason. The family was forced into exile and left the Greek island on board HMS Calypso, a Royal Navy gunboat. Legend tells how then 18-month-old prince was carried in a makeshift cot fashioned out of an orange crate.
Philip attended the MacJannet American School before he was sent to the UK to study at the Cheam School. During the 1930s, he relocated to a school in Germany and then moved again to Scotland’s Gordonstoun School, founded by Jewish headmaster Kurt Hahn following the rise of the Nazi party. Philip then spent most of his youth in the UK.
Philip and Elizabeth were third cousins through different lines of their family trees. He first met our Queen when Philip was 13yrs old and the Princess Elizabeth was 8yrs. They both attended the 1934 wedding of Philip’s cousin Princess Marina, later Duchess of Kent, and Elizabeth’s uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent. They were also both present at the coronation of George VI in 1937. It would be in the year of 1939 when his romance with Princess Elizabeth blossomed from a summer encounter at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. During World War II, he served in the British Navy. After extensive courting, Philip was invited to spend the Christmas of 1943 with the Royal Family at Windsor.
In the summer of 1946, Philip asked King George for his daughter’s hand in marriage after allegedly proposing to PrincessElizabeth first. To prepare for the announcement, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles, took on the surname Mountbatten from his mother’s family, adopted Anglicanism as a religion and in February 1947, Philip became a naturalised British subject, thus he became known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
The style of His Royal Highness was authorised shortly before his marriage on 20th November, 1947 at Westminster Abbey and he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, and made a Knight of the Garter. He married our Queen on 20th November 1947.
At the Queen’s coronation in 1953, they were joined on the balcony by a young Prince Charles and a younger Princess Anne.
Philip launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956, with a focus on youth achievement. He modelled his programme on Kurt Hahn’s four solutions to his “Six Declines of Modern Youth“. He played polo until 1971 and competed in carriage and boat racing, with piloting airplanes, oil painting and art collecting also among his hobbies. The DofE award now extends across 144 nations.
He was accorded by the Queen the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom in February 1957. Prince Philip was also the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television: in May 1961 by Richard Dimbleby.
Many quotes and anecdotes have been published this week as Prince Philip was well known for his outspoken nature and controversial remarks. In honor of his 97th birthday, in 2019, the Daily Mirror published a list of “90 classic gaffes” that were attributed to Philip over the years.
To the President of Nigeria, who was in national dress, 2003: “You look like you’re ready for bed!”
When offered wine in Rome in 2000, he snapped: “I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!”
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.
At a project to protect turtle doves in Anguilla in 1965, he said: “Cats kill far more birds than men. Why don’t you have a slogan: ‘Kill a cat and save a bird?’”
To a Scottish driving instructor, 1995: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?”
To Aboriginal leader William Brin, Queensland, 2002: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”
On Princess Anne, 1970: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested.”
To the General Dental Council in 1960: “Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, which I’ve practised for many years.”
To nursing-home resident in a wheelchair, 2002: “Do people trip over you?”
The Earl Peel had overseen arrangements for the Duke’s funeral – known as Operation Forth Bridge. The Lord Chamberlain’s Office, led by the Queen’s ComptrollerLieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, is tasked with the practical side of the day. In overall charge is Baron Parker who took up his new role on 1st April, following the Earl Peel’s retirement after more than 14 years in the post.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrived in the UK earlier this week from the USA. His wife, the Duchess of Sussex had been advised by her doctor to not travel because she is heavily pregnant.
The Prince worked on creating the bespoke Landrover Defender TD5 130 hearse for 16 years, starting in 2003. He designed the open top rear section where his coffin will rest, made to his exact specifications, including the rubber grips on silver metal pins known as the”stoppers” which prevent the coffin from moving. The Landrover also has matching green wheel hubs, a black front grille, a single cab and no registration plates.
Only 30 mourners are allowed to attend the service because of coronavirus restrictions. The procession route will be lined by personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force. Prince Charles, along with other members of the royal family, which will include three of Prince Philip’s German relatives, are set to walk in the procession. The Queen will join the procession to the chapel in the state Bentley, following behind the walking members of the Royal Family and staff.
Live coverage of Prince Philip’s ceremonial funeral service will be shown on most TV Channels from 12.30pm as well as being streamed and viewed on the internet and various apps. Prior to the service, at around 2.45 pm, there will be a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle, also set to be televised.
The Royal Family is observing two weeks of mourning. R.I.P. Prince Philip.
Our prayers, thoughts and hearts go out to our Queen, Elizabeth II.
On February 14th, in the year 269 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed at the Flaminian Gate in People’s Square.
Under the rule of Claudiusthe Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The Emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius Gothicus believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.
To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
Valentine’s actions were discovered and Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was under House Arrest at Judge Asterius’s home prior to being dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to ensure he was dead, had his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14th, 269 A.D. His body was hastily buried at a nearby cemetery and a few nights later his disciples retrieved his body and returned him home. One legend states that it was while under House Arrest, St. Valentine left a farewell note for Judge Asterius’s daughter, who he had allegedly cured of blindness and had become his friend, he signed it “From Your Valentine.”
The flower-adorned skull of St. Valentine is on display in the side altar on the left side of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. Other pieces of the Saint’s skeleton are on display in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, England and France.
There are many legends and many St. Valentine’s. The name was popular between the 2nd& 8th centuries A.D. The Catholic Encyclopedia lists three St. Valentine’s at that time and all of them were martyrs. There was even a Pope Valentine, though little is known about him except that he served a mere 40 days around A.D. 827.
St. Valentine is the patron Saint of Lovers, Epileptics & Bee Keepers.
So how did St. Valentine become associated with romance? The ancient pagan festival of Lupercalia was held each year in Rome on February 13th – 15th. Some historians believe the Valentine‘s holiday is actually an offshoot of Lupercalia. Unlike Valentine’s Day, however, Lupercalia was a bloody, violent and sexually-charged celebration awash with animal sacrifice, random matchmaking and coupling in the hopes of warding off evil spirits, purifying the city, releasing health and fertility. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day as the official celebration. Over time, nakedness during Lupercalia lost popularity. The festival gradually became more chaste up to today, when February 14th is a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers and chocolates.#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Drimpton,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Dorset,#StValentine,#February14th,#ClaudiusII,#Lupercalia,#Catholic,#Pagan,#Christian,#Execution,#Love,#Romance,#BeMyValentine,#2021,#SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe
There’s so much at Redlands Yard, some last minute shopping or simply take time out to relax, spoil yourself and enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate with some delicious cake. Only one week to go and you still can’t think of what to buy? Many of the retailers at Redlands Yard do Gift Vouchers. All their Christmas details are below. Have a wander!Foxy Cottage. The shop has now developed an identity all on its own and has relaunched as Foxy Cottage with Sarah Williams at the helm. With beautiful gifts, clothing, beauty products, items for the home, soft furnishings and even an amazing deli stocked full of wonderful local supplies – this is definitely the place you’ll find those last minute gifts and gifts that tell your person they are loved.
Open Tuesdays – Sundays10am – 4pm – there’s already 25% off all their Christmas decorations!
Christmas Eve,Sarah is open 10 – 2pm with a special offer of 25% offall Christmas products and 50% off all Christmas cards.
The Painted Nail. The bespoke nail salon that specialises in everything Nails. At the time of publishing, there is availability with Claire on the 23rd but otherwise they are fully booked prior to Christmas. The girls are working up until 23rd, open for one day on the 30th Dec. then reopening on the 5th Jan. 2021.
“The team would like to thank all our clients for their continued support throughout this difficult year. ” – Toni Rodway
A reminder that The Painted Pooch will be closing in the new year due to Gerri relocating but she too would like to thank all customers for their support.
Earth Design. An amazing choice of gifts from around the world, many unique within the UK. You will find quality gold and silver gemstone jewellery, beautiful stone sculptures for the home or garden and natural stone vases with incredible vibrant colours. With relaxing music and a collection of inspiring books – your visit will be something special. With BBC’s Animal Park back on our screens for Christmas it’s a great time to let you all know we stock a range of Kate Humble toiletries “Humble – spoil yourself not the environment”
Open everyday till Christmas 10.30am – 4pm.
“Thank you to our lovely customers for supporting us this year and we wish you all a very merry Christmas.” – Lisa & Paula.The Wobbly Cottage. Rich & Dani ‘s speciality is long fermentation Sourdough bread, made using traditional methods over 48hrs and simply incorporating flour, water, salt & their beloved Starter. Their Christmas menu includes a substantial Scotch egg with their own curry mayo @ £2.50 and Mince pies at £1 each. Spiced nuts @ £3/300gm or a whole Spiced Apple cake @ £10 could be the ideal fresh Christmas gift.
Open until midday on Christmas Eve and then again Tuesday 29th& Wednesday 30th
after which they will be taking a well earned break until Tuesday 5th January2021.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support, kindness and business in what has been a very odd and hard year for everyone. May 2021 bring the change we all hope it will. Merry Christmas!” – Rich and Dani.
Dimensions Hair Studio. No appointments available before Christmas as Steph & her team offer their clients the luxury they deserve at an affordable price and giving them an experience that makes them feel and look great. The salon offers all types of treatments, from cutting and colouring, to perming and shampoo and sets.
“Merry Christmas to all our wonderful clients. We hope you all have a lovely time and keep safe. We look forward to welcoming you all back in the New Year.” – Steph Frampton.
The Upholstery Workshop. Relocated from the village square, Tony has settled quickly at Redlands Yard and offers you quality fabric and quality service.
Open Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm.
“Many Thanks to all my customers for their much valued custom over this difficult year. Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Christmas and a much better 2021.” – Tony Simmil.
LittleBoutiqueInABox.Helen offers customers fashion that is comfortable, relaxed, timeless, and affordable. With a relaxed atmosphere in her spacious shop, you are quickly at ease to browse.
Open 11-2.30, Tuesday to Saturday, up to & including Christmas Eve.
Reopening 10am 5th January 2021 with a SALE!
“Hello to all my wonderful customers… thank you all so so much for all your support since we opened at Redlands Yard in September. It’s not been an easy time to open a new business but your feedback and encouragement has been amazing and I am so grateful. Thank you all so much and I wish you all a safe and happy festive holiday. See you on the other side! Love Helen x” – Helen Atkins.
Sophia’s Choice. The newest unit in the yard, opening just two weeks ago, Charlie and her team are already Fully Booked for treatments before Christmas but the shop will be open for last minute gifts & pressie ideas:
Friday 18th 9.30am – 3.00pm
Saturday 19th 10.00am – 2.00pm
Next week: Wednesday 23rd 10.00am – 2.00pm
Christmas Eve 10.00am – 1.00pm.
“I’d like to thank all my loyal customers & clients for their love and support over this past year. And a big thank you to the Broadwindsor community for the warm welcome when I moved up to Redlands Yard. Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful Christmas.” – CharlieHughes.
Gallery of Makers. Projecting Christmas loveliness, Clare invites you to “Come and enjoy a focussed array of “gifting goodies”
Open 7 days a week until Christmas Eve 11am -3pm.
“Look out for Galleries Making Space in the new year. Workshops in the Gallery, Sundays and Mondays, undecided at this time whether Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be included.” – Clare Colby.
Last and by no means least . . .
The Stableyard Restaurant. You cannot visit Redlands Yard and not stop by The Stableyard Restaurant for a breakfast, a lazy lunch or a coffee and a slice of some of the best cake in the region. A wonderful sunny spot to enjoy a lunch, the Restaurant serves as the perfect place to escape to when you need to work away from home, meet up with your friends or celebrate a special occasion.
For over 30 years, the restaurant has been the gathering place for locals and visitors alike. All the meals are home-cooked from scratch, using only the best fresh local produce by the marvellous Linda Paget and her team.
Open every day up to 2pmon Christmas eve.
This Saturday, 19th – they have a Breakfast Offer on: Buy a Big Breakfast and get a Small Breakfast FREE.
Sunday Lunch –Puddings are Half Price when you buy a Roast Lunch.
Takeaway are available Everyday.
Open every day for breakfast, lunches, coffee and lots of cakes.
They are going to stay closed during Christmas and New year and will re open on Tuesday 5th January 2021. “Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of our customers, friends and family. And thank you so much to everyone that has supported us since August opening. Linda and team.xxx” – Linda Paget.
Harry Isaacs, the young farmer who tragically lost his life earlier this week, will be celebrated this evening by a tractor procession from Mosterton to Beaminster Square for a Memorial service and tributes from family and friends.
As you’d expect, things are subject to change but the plan is . . .
Please remember face coverings and social distancing where possible.
The Highways and Police are informed and are in full support of this but would respectfully ask that the town is cleared by 9.15pm.
You are invited to bring “Flags, flowers, photos, banners, candles, cheers and good vibes for this special young man and his family and all of us grieving at this very sad time.”
A true and fitting tribute to such a beautiful young man with the biggest smile of anyone we’ve ever known.
This year, due to Covid-19, English Heritage are instructing people to STAY AWAY from Stonehenge and not celebrate the summer Solstice in their usual way. English Heritage will instead be live streaming the occasion for free on their social media channels starting at 8.41pm this evening.
Watch on Facebook HERE
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Watch on their YouTube channel HERE Watch on TikTok HERE
Built over 5,000 years ago, at Stonehenge on the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone in the north-east part of the horizon and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge.
Stonehenge will open to the public on 4 July. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. They have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE.
Glastonbury are also hosting a virtual event on Sunday 21 June, to live stream the Summer Solstice sunrise followed by a multifaith ceremony and family activities, including singing, crafts and music.