12th JANUARY 2019                            


                                                                  Winter atmosphere

Winter atmosphere by R. Danford - oil on canvas c. 1960's ©The Baron de Newmarch Collection

An atmospheric painting of a wintry scene, with pheasants strut through the snow in search of food.

At the moment we don't have a very cold winter, but by looking at this picture we can imagine the beautiful side of winter.



                                                            1st JANUARY 2019                         

                                                                   New Years Honours  

         The Gazette - Official Public Record of the Crown


New Year Honours list 2019 published in The Gazette, formerly The London Gazette, on 28th December 2018.

The New Year Honours is a part of the British honours system, with New Year's Day, 1 January, being marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and recipients of other official honours. The New Year honours list recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, and are published in The Gazette, the official newspaper of the Crown.

Along with the Queen's Birthday honours, they are the most significant announcement of civilian and military gallantry awards.  The awards are presented by or in the name of the reigning monarch, currently Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.                   

The Gazette claims to be the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK, having been first published on 7 November 1665 as The Oxford Gazette.    


Also creation and conveyance of His Lordship's titles and of numerous other manorial and feudal Lordships were already officially published in The Gazette, as a part of the legal assignment to all new Lords and Ladies.