Dr William APEDAILE
Dr Apedaile has many associations with St Chad’s College, Durham and is Chairman of the Friends of Durham Cathedral, hence the basic tinctures of the Shield. The chevron alludes to the pattern on the great nave columns of Durham Cathedral and to his badge of rank in the RAF. The cranes refer to Dr Apedaile’s profession in engineering and building and to music. Three cranes denote the Holy Trinity, the dedication of three churches of major influence in his life through singing.The apple tree of the crest represents the probable Old English meaning of Dr Apedaile’s name: apple valley. The distaff through the ring is the emblem of St Gertrude of Nivelle, patron saint of cats, the favourite pet of Dr Apedaile and his late wife. The grandpa Dickinson rose was also his wife’s favourite flower and only flowered in yellow, which was her favourite colour. The Bloody Crane’s Bill is the County flower of Northumberland where Dr Apedaile lives and also may be seen as a pun on his first name.The three-turreted castle of the badge is taken from the arms of Newcastle upon Tyne. South Africa was Mary Apedaile’s favourite country, hence the ‘delphs’ in the label and the Protea flower.