Sad news

Unfortunately we have some sad news for all friends of Shorne Woods and those who have volunteered at the park over the past 10+ years. We have lost a couple of treasured team members during the year.

Dennis Rozier, much loved archaeology volunteer, supporter of all our projects at the park, and latterly volunteer in the sensory garden and cafe, passed away recently. We celebrated his 90th birthday at the Park in 2020, when he was still a regular presence in the café, providing an ear and much love and support to all who met him. Andrew remembers him fondly as a new volunteer in the early years of Randall, when he was in his late 70s! He then toured people around the site and assisted with all the school groups. His tours around the site were legendary, full of tall tales and good humour, never letting a dry archaeology fact get in the way of a good story. He always had a twinkle in his eye…

We also lost Roger Hornsby earlier in the year, AKA “Roger2”. Roger joined the SWAG team about 10 years ago. Although having some health issues he through himself into the melee with all the organisation and zeal you would expect from someone with a military background. He expertly crafted the shovel and spade stand now in use in the shed. He always carried a full pack, in all weathers, and could be relied on to carry out any task without question. He was a man who was fully equipped for all eventualities. Over lunch he would regale us with stories of his military service and, later, as a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway in his native Wales. Roger could, as the old saying goes, talk the hind leg off a donkey. What he didn’t know about anything wasn’t worth knowing!

Both gentlemen will be sadly missed.

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