Posted by: travelrat | October 30, 2018

Celebrations at Stonehenge


Stonehenge: 26th October 2018

2018 was quite the year for centennials! Most important was that it’s the 100th Anniversary of the end of the ‘war to end all wars’; the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force … and, closer to home, the 100th Anniversary of Stonehenge being donated to the public.

I’ve already told how Cecil Chubb walked into an auction room, some say purely on impulse, He bought Stonehenge, which was being auctioned off by the Antrobus family, on whose estate the circle was sited. On the 26th October, 1918, he donated it to the nation. It passed into the custodianship of the Office of Works … which, something like Doctor Who, morphed, through several incarnations, into the present-day English Heritage.

The occasion had to be marked, and, since I volunteer at Stonehenge, I got a ringside seat.

First, there was a Bouncy Castle, erected near the Visitor Centre. It was a very realistic piece of work … once or twice, I had to tell visitors it was not the ‘real’ Stonehenge, which was a bus-ride, or half an hour’s walk away.

At the Monument itself, plenty went on. Talks and storytellers, and performance of a specially-composed piece of music by the London Sinfonietta. Unfortunately, I was standing in the wrong place, and the wind carried most of it away. But, I shall try to find it on YouTube.

The centrepiece was the massive Stonehenge Cake, cut by a 100 year old lady, and distributed along with a cup of tea to staff and visitors. And, full marks to the lady; she DIDN’T say how she used to wander within the circle when she was a little girl!



  1. That cake is really impressive. It immediately made me think it was time for tea and cake, and then I remembered there is no cake in the house because I am trying very hard to lose some weight. So I’ve opted for a Ryvita with a modest dollop of cottage cheese. Satisfying, but not sweet.

    • I did indulge in a small piece … but my usual fare is an oatmeal biscuit with a little cheese. I think the last time I had cake was a wedding, eight months ago. 😀

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