Flodden history lesson for Selkirk Rotarians

Selkirk Flodden 500 Association Chairman Jake Wheelans, who, along with other members of his committee, was among the guests at the Rotary meeting, points out  some of the events going on the week after Flodden as part of the Selkirk YES Arts Festival. Also pictured are Rotary President Herbert Chatters, Lord Joicey, Past President Doug Forsyth and Rtn Edith Scott, who invited Lord Joicey to the Club.

Selkirk Flodden 500 Association Chairman Jake Wheelans, who, along with other members of his committee, was among the guests at the Rotary meeting, points out some of the events going on the week after Flodden as part of the Selkirk YES Arts Festival. Also pictured are Rotary President Herbert Chatters, Lord Joicey, Past President Doug Forsyth and Rtn Edith Scott, who invited Lord Joicey to the Club.

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Flodden 1513, from conception to present day, was presented in a nutshell to members of Selkirk Rotary Club, and several guests, by its inceptor, Lord Joicey.

Speaking at the club’s meeting last week, the 5th Baron of Chester-le-Street told he how had suddenly awoken one day in 2008 to the idea that the Battle of Flodden should be commemorated in its 500th year.

It was very much a forgotten conflict, but was one which had, he conjectured, reshaped the political face of Britain.

It was not only the fact that England had massacred the Scots, but it was the timing of the event amid other events, both in Europe and at home, that had been a turning point in history, explained Lord Joicey.

And he told how, with the majority of Flodden Field now in the ownership of his family at Etal and Ford Estates, he had approached a fairly small group of people to talk about the possibilities of commemorating the event this year.

It had snowballed over the past five years into an event which had been beyond his wildest dreams, with not only re-enactments, flower festivals, church services, and musical and drama events, but also by establishment of a variety of educational programmes which would go on well into the future. And the Ecomuseum (which had nothing to do with ‘green’ issues, he pointed out), with its present 11 sites in the Borders and one in Edinburgh, is already planned to extend to a further 28 locations countrywide.

Introduced by club president Herbert Chatters, Lord Joicey was thanked for his time and entertaining talk by past president Doug Forsyth.

The photograph shows Selkirk Flodden 500 Association chairman Jake Wheelans who, along with other members of his committee, was among the guests at the Rotary meeting, pointing out some of the events going on the week after Flodden as part of the Selkirk YES Arts Festival. Also pictured are Herbert Chatters, Lord Joicey, Doug Forsyth and Rotarian Edith Scott, who invited Lord Joicey to the club.