about JohnH

Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, trail biking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

Seasons Greetings 2011

St Andrews project milestone

Removal of the scaffolding from the new extension to St Andrews, Fulham Fields, London. Guess which is the new building...

The development has gone ahead despite a hullabaloo locally as the church is a listed building in a conservation area. The protests have resulted in significant mitigations in the design, particularly on the Greyhound Road side; hopefully the new facilities will help the St Andrews church maintain or improve relevance and connection with the neighbourhood as well as stabilise finances for the immediate future.

View from Buckingham Palace - my part in the Charles and Diana Royal Wedding, 1981

I saw the Charles and Diana Royal Wedding from the roof of Buckingham Palace. In one way the complete best place because we saw and heard the huge crowd below in The Mall, we saw the carriages go out and return and we saw the crowd surge when the barriers were relaxed.

However, during the actual service there were three of us crowded around the five-inch monochrome viewfinder of the television camera which I was minding: the cameraman, the rigger and myself. Sometime during the afternoon a couple of lads came up to see the crowd from our vantage point, we worked out later they were probably the Princes Andrew and Edward.

You can see our presence on photos of the Palace as little dots on the towers above the famous balcony. ITV’s camera was on the left-hand position. And my Mother almost certainly still has my passes from the day!

Read more: Royal Wedding – 29th July 1981

Crane at St Andrews Fulham Fields - a listed building

Not sure I like blue outside my windows: crane at St Andrews, Fulham Fields church construction site.

The crane looks about 30m high; it is higher than St Andrews church steeple when in the position in the photograph.

Of course it's still a listed building: compare with the church before the demolition

And the house opposite with the white balcony is for sale at £2,000,000...

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