The Battle of the Frontiers taught the Volunteers many lessons. One of the main ones was an appreciation of the power of artillery and mortars. They were much impressed by the work done by the field gun which was seconded to them by their allies. Although they have not been able to add such a weapon to their inventory, its value has inspired the agile minds that are so ubiquitous in the Golden Valley.
A combined effort of the Women’s Institute, the Pontrilas Boy Scout troop and Bernard Beetle, the undertaker, has resulted in a magnificent extempore weapon – a grenade-throwing giant catapult. Known as the Small Ordnance Discharger (Elastic Powered), the original design was by the Scout troop, the frame constructed by Mr Beetle and the elastic from the WI.
The WI have declared that they would like to donate this weapon to the Wormbridge, Abbey Dore and Pontrilas morris men. As Violet Ironsides, the WI standard bearer said:
“We felt so sorry for them in the last battle – running round jangling their bells and waving their little sticks in the air. Now they can twang our elastic and really let the enemy know they mean business.”
once again, thanks go to the agile mind and nimble fingers of Tim Peterson for providing this wonderful scratch-built madness