About me, this blog and other blogs

This Memorial Bench Stories blog and my Back On The Road Again blog are my current communications with the big wide world.

Back On The Road Again here tells about my travels in a blue campervan and my journey to financial independence and early retirement with some thoughts on being frugal.  I also highlight places I like in my home city of Salford. 

I am a walker, a cyclist and campervan owner and I appreciate and often stop to rest at memorial benches.  I always read the inscription and think about the person who has inspired friends or family to commemorate them with a bench in this place.  Good inscriptions always tell you something about the person and make me wonder about their story.

I started to take photographs of the benches; both the view and the commemorative plaque.  I have now put these on to this blog.

I hope to find out some of the stories of the lives of the special people who are remembered by these benches; either through my own research or by people getting in touch.

My other blog is the story of my travels with my partner in our campervan until 2015, in particular our early 50s ‘gap’ year.  You can find this here

 

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8 comments on “About me, this blog and other blogs

  1. Karen Entwistle says:

    Hello-my father in law just passed and we would like to commemorate a bench in his honor. He resided in Cheshire County. Do you know how one would go about doing this?

    Thank you so much for any assistance you can offer.

    Best
    Karen

    • Hi Karen
      Thank you for looking at my blog and I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father in law.
      You would always have to get the permission of the landowner to erect a memorial bench. In some areas it is difficult to know who the landowner is but at Delamere Forest this is the Forestry Commission: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/delamere
      The enquiry form at the end of the page in the link above might be a good start.
      Good wishes
      Carol

  2. Hi Karen

    Sorry to hear of the passing, we supply grade A teak memorial benches nationwide and have done since 1989. Since the introduction of the National Memorial Arboretum near us in Staffs we have noticed that alot of local authorties are a bit more reluctant to have benches on their land. should you still be looking please try the memorial section of our website.

    http://http://www.gardenbenches.com/t/category/memorial-garden-benches?locale=en

    We offer complimentory nationwide delviery service and a plaque or wood carving service should it be required.

    Regards

    Ed

  3. Paul Jackson says:

    My wife and I have a campervan – I cycle and we both walk – so similar. She also had an dea to start researching the inscriptions on benches, something to work on when we reach FIRE (financial independence and retire early).

    What a nice idea – good luck with learning more about those remembered and their stories.

    Paul

  4. Interesting idea for a blog…some interesting stories. Keep it up!

  5. Fantastic insight into commemorative benches. We come across many memorial stories as a bench and engraving provider. Please do drop us a line if you’d to chat!

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