Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

This forum belongs to Harvey D. Torbett.
User avatar
AshbyCut
Honorary Vice President
Posts: 9410
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 1:27 am
Location: North Warwickshire
Contact:

Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by AshbyCut » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:12 pm

It's been 23 years now since Harvey Torbett passed away ... and his 6 children placed a commemorative seat on the banks of Weirwood Reservoir ... one of his favourite places to angle ... and scattered some of his ashes on the ground surrounding it

Earlier today I was passed an email sent to the TFF ... which is sending ripples far and wide as I type.

Someone spotted a couple of pictures on a Facebook page ...

Image

... and sent this message ...

"Dear Sir

This may seem a most bizarre email but one which I hope will have a happy ending. I will try to explain as directly as I can!

I am not a fisherman but by reading a random post on a Facebook page from a group of which I belong, I am trying to trace friends or family members who may be interested in a beautiful find in relation to Harvey Torbett. One of the members, whilst out walking, came across a wooden bench on the banks of Weirwood Reservoir. It has an inscription with the name Harvey Torbett. It is in need of restoration and members of the group have discussed the sentimental value to family and friends.

I was searching the Internet and managed to find a discussion on your forum which mentioned that some books belonging to Mr Torbett had been sent to one of your members from his children. Without knowing personal details and not wishing to cause upset, I wondered if anyone on your site may be able to shed some light on the link between Mr Torbett and the reservoir or would indeed be interested in its existence?

As I said, I hope this has a happy ending and would appreciate and help you may be able to give.

Kind regards"

The inscription reads "In memory of Harvey Torbett who loved this place. Find peace here as he did, and maybe catch a fish for him."

I'm happy to say I have been in communication with Harvey's daughter, Cindy, who has allowed me to give her email address to the sender.

I have already offered to assist in it's restoration.

I will keep you posted on events.
"Beside the water I discovered (or maybe rediscovered) the quiet. The sort of quiet that allows one to be woven into the tapestry of nature instead of merely standing next to it." Estaban.

http://www.AshbyCut.com

User avatar
Nigel Rainton
Tench
Posts: 2955
Joined: Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:07 pm
Location: Surrey/Sussex border
Contact:

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Nigel Rainton » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:33 pm

I caught my first trout on a fly at Weirwood in in 1972, please keep us updated :-)

User avatar
Mark
Head Bailiff
Posts: 18590
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:55 pm
Location: Leicestershire
Contact:

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Mark » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:58 pm

Nice one Mal, glad you made contact. :Hat:
Mark (Administrator)

The most precious places in the English landscape are those secretive corners,
where you find only elder trees, nettles and dreams. (BB - Denys Watkins-Pitchford).

User avatar
Snape
Bailiff
Posts: 9391
Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:52 am
Location: North Oxfordshire
Contact:

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Snape » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:03 pm

Lovely story. Well done Mal.
I will make you Fishers of Men said Fish to Fishes
For Fish is Fisher of Man who Fishes
~ Steve Hillage

User avatar
Harry H
Eel
Posts: 2211
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:04 pm
Location: Rayne, Essex

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Harry H » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:09 pm

You're a true gent AC :Hat:
There are three things that improve with age: wine, friendship and water sense, and there's no short cut.
Anthony Shepherdson

User avatar
Tengisgol
Rainbow Trout
Posts: 3145
Joined: Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:49 pm
Location: Essex Boy
Contact:

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Tengisgol » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:11 pm

That's brilliant, well done Mal.
Where the willows meet the water...

https://sites.google.com/site/tengisgol/

User avatar
Marc
Zander
Posts: 3884
Joined: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:14 am
Location: Co Durham, land of the prince bishops

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Marc » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:57 am

Great work, internet. It’s faired reasonably well for two decades in the elements. It will be nice to see it restored.
Marc. (Prince of Durham)

“A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless'...”

User avatar
Reedling
Ferox
Posts: 5237
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:41 am
Location: Kent

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Reedling » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:08 am

I had a look on the internet and there is a Weirwood Carp syndicate perhaps they may be doing something about the bench?

User avatar
Dave Burr
Wild Carp
Posts: 9415
Joined: Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:03 pm
Location: Not far from the Wye
Contact:

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Dave Burr » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:01 am

Nice one Mal, that email must have made you glow. If there's a need of funds toward the bench restoration I reckon we'd raise a bob or two on here. I'll certainly chip in just for the pleasure of discovering the joy of his rod.

Good work mate :Hat:

User avatar
Reedling
Ferox
Posts: 5237
Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:41 am
Location: Kent

Re: Isn't the internet wonderful (mostly, sometimes !!!)

Post by Reedling » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:43 am

There are many benches near me that fall into disrepair and it looks so sad when you read the plaque and you wonder why relatives or council have not maintained them as they were put there with good intentions originally. As DB says above if a restoration fund is started I am sure many will offer assistance.

Post Reply

Return to “Harvey D. Torbett”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests