St Tiggywinkles Church for Hibernating Hedgehogs

30 January 2014 by Rod Carruthers
The St. Tiggywinkles Church is a hedgehog haven, hibernation shelter for wildlife, as well as making a wonderful garden display. It was especially designed for the St.Tiggywinkles Trusts' Visitors Centre . The St. Tiggywinkles Church has a fascinating origin. The design began with a telephone call from Les Stocker M.B.E . the founder of St.Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital Trust at Haddenham, Aylesbury. His enquiry was regarding a model of a church. We had nothing suitable, which prompted us to set that to rights, our designers took Mr Stockers concept and produced this fine English church . In honour of the idea and this collaboration, St.Tiggywinkles Church has been designed with a dual purpose, firstly as a garden ornament, but with the added feature of hibernation home for one of the United Kingdom's favourite wildlife creatures, the delightful and much loved hedgehog. The prototype model turned out so well that Les Stocker invited us to display it at his new visitors centre at the Wild Life Hospital Trust, where for the foreseeable future it will be an important part of the centres display The plan pack includes full-size drawings of the detailed parts with complete instructions for assembly. The wood pack includes...
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RNLI Lifeboats - Save Our Souls !

21 January 2014 by Rod Carruthers
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea and providing lifeboats to lifeboat stations around the coasts of Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel islands, Isle of Man, as well as on selected inland waterways. It was founded on 4th March 1824 as the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, with Royal Patronage from George IV. It's current name with the 'Royal' prefix was bestowed by Queen Victoria in 1854. The RNLI operates 444 lifeboats from 236 lifeboat stations around the coasts of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. They launched 8,321 times in 2012, rescuing 7,912 people. The Waveney class lifeboat was the first class of lifeboats operated by the RNLI capable of operating at speeds in excess of 10 knots or 19 km/h.Based on an American design, 22 saw operational service between 1964 and 1999 at the RNLI's stations around the coast of the United Kingdom and Ireland. After being superseded by faster boats in the 1990s, many were sold for use with lifeboat services abroad. The RNLI's lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 140,000 lives since 1824.
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Meet The Fokkers !

13 January 2014 by Rod Carruthers
Meet The Fokkers ! The first ever Dutch-built plane to fly in the Netherlands was built by a 20 year old Anthony Fokker , and called the Spin (Spider). Taking advantage of opportunities in Berlin, he founded his Company, Fokker Aviatik GmbH , on 12 February 1912 He capitalized on having sold several Fokker Spin monoplanes to the German government and set up a factory in Germany to supply the German army. His first new design for the Germans to be produced in any numbers was the Fokker M.5 , which was little more than a copy of the Morane-Saulnier G . When it was realized that it was desirable to arm the planes with a machine gun firing through the propeller, Fokker developed a synchronization gear similar to that patented by Franz Schneider . Fitted with a developed version of this gear, the M.5 became the Fokker Eindecker which, due to its revolutionary armament, became one of the most feared aircraft over the western front, its introduction leading to a period of German air superiority known as the Fokker Scourge Later during the war, the German government forced Fokker and Junkers to cooperate more closely, which resulted in the...
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