Of nuns and enigma machines

Two things I’ve learned this week: how an Enigma machine works and what happened to nuns after the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. Now there’s nothing much to link these two, except they were the subjects of two events at Devizes Arts Festival this week. You, too, may have picked up knowledge about… Read More Of nuns and enigma machines


A cut above the rest

St Mary’s Church, Calne, Grade One listed, is looking particularly handsome at the moment – possibly in preparation for the re-dedication of the recently- restored Calne War Memorial in the churchyard, on 26 May. Thanks to Matt Dry of Dryad Land and Tree Care, who has the contract to take care of the avenues of… Read More A cut above the rest

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80 years of service

‘The ultimate strength of a nation lies not in her trading, nor in the multitude of her trading transactions. It’s not found in her banking operations nor in the acumen of her leaders. The ultimate strength of a nation lies in the character of the men and women who are the nation, and voluntary service… Read More 80 years of service


Don’t be short-sighted

Poetry is not dead. It’s difficult enough running an independent bookshop and competing with the likes of Amazon, Waterstones and the supermarket chains, but alienating customers and discouraging local talent from getting exposure is not wise. A careless remark or a lack of respect, for example, is remembered. A facebook comment, a tweet here and… Read More Don’t be short-sighted


Search and Rescue

I was  very pleased to read about the recognition that the volunteers of WILSAR, Wiltshire Search and Rescue, received last month from Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police. Seventeen volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue were sent personalised letters from the Chief Constable in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the organisation. The volunteers… Read More Search and Rescue