'Great Things' - Revisiting THS Memories During Lockdown

Mark Chutter

During the lockdown I decided to sift through and make some semblance of order of my photographic archive collection . To my surprise I discovered several photographs of past THS conferences and events (and I am sure I have more pictures to be discovered in the loft!)

Birthday Weekend THS- Laying of the Wreath 1983 Mark Chutter aged 9 

Birthday Weekend THS- Laying of the Wreath 1983 Mark Chutter aged 9

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Jim Gibson with his 'Collected Poems' at Stinsford Birthday Weekend 1995.

Jim Gibson's  favourite poem was 'Great Things' if my memory serves - a poem that is pertinent to the here and now. Jim was a brilliant scholar and really encouraging to me as a young member of the society. One of the highlights of the THS Conference for me was when we all used to recite poetry overlooking Weymouth Bay (Budmouth)-late at night until the early hours of the morning -with Jim Gibson and Furse Swann

Thomas Hardy Conference 26.07.98 Walk with Margaret Marande to Keeper's Cottage and Druce Farm. Pause to chat and admire the view!

Thomas Hardy Conference 26.07.98 Walk with Margaret Marande to Keeper's Cottage and Druce Farm. Pause to chat and admire the view! 

The photographs for me are nostalgic   with some really fond memories .One of the highlights for me at the conference was reading poetry (late at night) overlooking Weymouth Bay (Budmouth) with Jim Gibson and Furse Swann ' spinning down to Weymouth town by Ridgway thirstily'. 

The photographs range from the 1980s and 90s. If you can identify any names of members in the photographs Tracy and I would be interested to hear from you and if you have any pictures  from memory lane that you would like to share then please contact us.

THS Conference 26 July 1998 Walk with Maragaret Marande to Druce Farm

THS Conference 26 July 1998 Walk with Maragaret Marande to Druce Farm

Mark Chutter, THS Conference 1998

Mark Chutter, THS Conference 1998

I wonder what the great man himself would have thought about the world we find ourselves in at present as he was ' a man who used to notice such things ' and a man who loved ' Great Things' 

If anyone can identify the other people pictured with Mark, please contact him on: chuttermark@gmail.com

7th June 2020

 

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