Archive for June 2015

A New Doctor in the Family

Congratulations to Ben Langdown, who was awarded a PhD yesterday after 7 years of groundbreaking research in golf related motor control, and strength and conditioning.

Ben, who has a BSc and MSc in Sports Science, is a lecturer for The PGA and works closely with both the University of Birmingham and England Golf. He regularly speaks at large conferences and last year addressed over 300 fitness and golf professionals at the 2014 World Golf Fitness Summit in California. Ben also writes regularly for professional sporting publications and now hopes to disseminate his research to both golf and strength and conditioning coaches worldwide.

Ben is the son of Adelina and Tony Langdown, the grandson of Gerry and Patsy Forte (Swanage), and great grandson of Alfonso Forte and Adelina Mezza (Swanage), and Vincenzo and Pasqualina Forte (Belfast), all originally from Mortale and Casalattico.

Elio Forte

Elio Forte

Elio Forte
1920 – 2015

It is with immense sadness that we hear of the news of Elio Forte’s death in Sora Hospital this morning.  Elio was the husband of the late Chiara Raimondi, and son of the late Giovanni and Maria Teresa Forte.

Born in Mortale, he served in the Italian army in the 1940s and met his wife of 71 years whilst stationed in Bari during the war.  They moved to the New Ross area in Southern Ireland many years ago and it is there that their family are now based.  It has been my absolute privilege to meet Elio in Mortale on several occasions in the last few years, and to listen to his captivating stories and fond memories of village life in the past.  He was the loveliest of gentlemen, a genuine and loving family man with a cheeky twinkle in his eye, and we were all so saddened to see him take ill on the morning of the Festa di S. Antonio last week.

My condolences go to his wonderful family, including all his grandchildren and great grandchildren, but in particular to his sister, Olga, and children, Teresa, Tella, Bice, Giovanni, Gilda and Tony.  We remember also Elio’s late daughter Francesca, and his late wife, Chiara, who only passed away in February 2014.

Rest in peace, dear Elio.

Festa di S. Antonio 2015 – PHOTOS

Over 100 photos have just been added to the Gallery section of the website.  Many thanks to all those who took and sent in photos.

The photos can be found in the Gallery here  and then by clicking on the “Festas more recently” menu on the left.

In a few weeks’ time, a film showing highlights will be put into the Film section.