Staffordshire Regional Guild Weekend

The Guild Staffordshire Weekend took place on 13th to 15th March around Lichfield and area. A group of 12 guides, members and friends were taken around the Civil War in Lichfield by Anthony Rich with a visit into the Cathedral, home to the laid-up Staffordshire Regimental Colours. Mrs Dyott joined us for the morning, whose ancestor slew Lord Brooke in the first siege by a single shot from the Cathedral steeple!
Mrs Dyott then invited the group back to their home, Freeford Manor where we viewed and handled the gun, more like a small cannon!! We moved onto the National Memorial Arboretum where Chris John had been able to arrange an 8 seater golf buggy to ferry us around. The Special Forces Memorial grove provided much interesting information and memorials. Charmian Griffiths was able to give us an
account of her Fathers VC action at Dieppe at the memorial there. The group then retired to the Plough at Huddlesford, a country pub for evening fare.
A smaller group re assembled on a damp Sunday morning at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum. John Cotterill delivered an excellent talk on trench life and trench fighting in the Coltman replica WW1 trench there. Inside the group examined many cases and displays from the Regiments history.
An extremely interesting weekend with good company well up to Guild standards