A Building Project


Today I scanned more colour negatives from the Newark days during 1990/91.

‘Knight & Colbourne Candles’ tells the tale of a teenage enterprise that Louisa shared with her long term friend, Matthew Colbourne. Matt, of Radio Newark, was, a dozen or so years later, to emcee the music for Louisa and Errol’s wedding reception.

These photographs from May 1991 depict an earlier project, namely the building of a tree house. It would, of course, be Louisa wielding the hammer.

Here the boys, Matthew and his younger brother Jason discuss the next move,

or maybe they are just taking a break.

This activity took place in the garden of Lindum House, featured in ‘The Swinging Rat Pack’, where we lived for almost twenty years from 1987. In the background of these photographs stands Newark Working Men’s Club.

The establishment, according to the Newark Advertiser, was, after a century of service, closed last summer because, on account of falling membership, it was no longer possible to meet the cost of repairs.

‘The premises, which was initially Halton House School, a boarding school for boys, is grade II listed.

The building has been widely used by the community including activities for people with learning disabilities. It is also used by a slimming group, rumba classes, jazz sessions and bingo.’

The story we had was that at the end of the 19th century, when our house was built, the club building had been in private ownership, part of the land being sold to one of two brothers who worked at Bainbridge’s, an up-market haberdashery in the town. The home he had built was modelled on Halton House.

Whether the legend that a gentleman had once ridden a horse up the front staircase of the older building is apocryphal or not, I am unsure. It was certainly wide enough.

The house is currently advertised for sale byΒ http://sw.co.uk/property-search/former-working-mens-club-premises-for-sale-5755870-detail.

A certain amount of consternation has been expressed about how I am going to manage with Jackie away for three days.

Lamb jalfrezi and savoury rice

In order to allay all fears I therefore publish a photograph of the prodigious pans of splendid lamb jalfrezi and savoury rice left for me by the Culinary Queen. It is only perspective that diminishes the quantity of rice. A plate of this fare, containing both naga and Scotch bonnet chilies, was just the business. It was followed by a Tesco yellow ticket Belgian bun.


Published by derrickjknight

I am a septuagenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs

61 thoughts on “A Building Project

  1. You’re a big boy Derrick, I figured you could take care of yourself – but it doesn’t hurt to have her lovin’ cookin’ left for you!!

  2. Isn’t that a familiar sight? The homemaker over here tries to do something similar when she leaves for a few days once in a blue moon or so. Thereafter, I run the pencil on the dotted lines and cook rice…

  3. I’m sure you can cook, Derrick. Of course, there are a variety of take away places you have mentioned as well, but I must say those dishes look delectable. The Newark house grounds look a treat for children as well, idyllic I almost say. Tree houses are perfect enterprises. Was this one finished?

    1. When Jackie and I first met up again, I surprised her by claiming to have developed into an Ace Curry Cook. I soon learned she was ‘more than somewhat’ better. The problem now is that we live too far away from civilisation for me to walk distances that were a piece of cake a couple of years ago (knees). This one was developed by Sam and his friends, as described here: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/12/15/the-tree-house/ The smaller one mentioned therein was made by Louisa and another friend. Many thanks, Lisa.

      1. I knew Jackie would have left you with food enough for a crowd. She’s a lady after my own heart. The rule is “When leaving the males of the household alone for two days one must prepare enough food to last them through the apocalypse.”

      1. Ugh I was fighting with auto correct πŸ™ƒ My comment should have read “love that the kids had a hand in the actual building of the tree house”

  4. The tree house project reminds me of my brothers’ fort building days! These are marvelous pictures and memories!
    Oh my goodness, Derrick! You are so lucky to have these prepared dishes “on the ready.”
    ! I enjoyed my lamb jalfrezi meal from an Indian restaurant called, “Saffron,” a week ago. Not nearly as savory or scrumptious as Jackie’s! I used to like making spaghetti with meat sauce, lamb chops with mint jelly and also, pork chops with sour cream, onions and sage spicy sauce. I served with carrots and mashed potatoes. . .
    Now, I am hungry and need to get lunch soon. Mom’s “guest meals” cost too much for me to ear here every day. Take care!

      1. Uneaten rice should not be kept more than 3 days in a fridge. Believe it or not bacteria will keep growing in rice even when cooked, refrigeration slows it down a bit but cannot stop it from growing and spreading. Fact

  5. I actually went to boarding school for most of my childhood and adolescent years (grade 3-12). I often wonder if I would put my own kids in boarding school too. I had a good experience, but not every kid in my school did, so I can understand that can be difficult for some. Thanks for sharing your perspective. Interestingly I just wrote a post about my experience in boarding school so that part jumped out at me πŸ™‚

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