How long does it take for a church bench to wear out?
About 25 years it seems. The original bench in Cadeby church yard was donated by Market Bosworth Rotary Club way back in 1986 to mark the passing of Teddy Boston, Rector of 27 years. When Jane Hicklin told the Rotary club that the well-used and much-weathered original, was no longer fit for purpose, today's members were more than pleased to come to the rescue with a replacement.
In the early days of the club we used to meet and dine in Cadeby village Hall. Cadeby Pantry were the team of ladies headed up by Teddy's wife Audrey, shown here, who catered for the club at their lunchtime meetings.
Look to the weather vane of the church spire and you will notice that it takes the shape of a steam engine.
So what's the story?Teddy Boston loved steam engines and model railways. Rotarian Brian Cox has fond memories of taking his three daughters on the 2 foot narrow gauge railway that ran round the perimeter of Teddy's garden.
Teddy Boston was also the proud owner of a steam traction engine which he sometimes drove in and around Market Bosworth, usually still wearing his cleric's collar! Audrey told us that, on their wedding day, whilst most couples would be driven in a limousine, their vehicle of choice was Teddy's traction engine to tow their carriage!
A close friend of Reverend W Awdrey, creator of the Thomas the Tank Engine stories, legend has it that Teddy was the proud inspiration for the Fat Controller in the Thomas tales. Now that's a real claim to fame!
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more Through your generosity in sponsoring our Rotary cyclists we have been able to donate over £2000 to Lawrence House in Hinckley.
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more Spring is coming, the sun is shining and, as Cpt. Sir Tom would have said, "Tomorrow will be a better day!" So let's all enjoy some spring and Easter (Covid-compliant) fun with activites for all the family!
more Santa was so pleased that he was able to talk to so many children on Zoom. Now he has to get cracking on delivering all those presents but he says he will be Zooming again next Christmas. Happy Christmas!
more Because of Covid-19 our annual Fun Run will be rather different this year. It is virtually up to you! Join in any time, anywhere!
more A cracking day out!
more The Market Bosworth School Produces Winners In The Rotary Young Chef Competition
more On Sunday 4th December almost 100 children and adults (and a few dogs) joined our 2016 Santa Fun Run to raise funds for local charities.
more Every year Rotary clubs throughout Britain invite young people to take part in Rotary's Young Chef competition. It starts with local heats and progresses to Rotary District finals and then a national final.
more Our 4th Santa Fun Run, Sunday 1st December 2013. Fun for all the family - and the dog.
more Santa Fun Run Sunday 2nd December. Fun for all the family and the dog!
more Our 6th Santa Fun Run, Sunday 6th December 2015.
more Our 3rd Santa Fun Run. Market Bosworth Country Park, Sunday 2nd December.
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