Sorry, TS Eliot, but April is NOT the cruellest month, especially when the offspring of last year’s Beast from the East, tries his best to walk in Daddy’s footsteps. However, winter weather shouldn’t stop us from doing things. There are still plenty of activities and events indoors – if you don’t mind driving to the… Read More Ice, wind, rain and fog, and driving in the dark – November
Pigs are big in Calne this week – what with Pig Gin and Calne Pig Beers coming out – thanks to David Hitchens at The New Wine Shop. The beers are brewed at Rowde Brewery Devitera. I’m very pleased that David is promoting my book alongside his beers. I see that the Lansdowne Strand has… Read More Swine fever
Bringing Home the Bacon is currently available at Calne Heritage Centre, Calne Town Council, Bank House, Quemerford PO, Devizes Museum, Devizes Books and Chippenham Museum. You can also order signed copies through my contact page.
The Purple Poppy is in remembrance of animals who died in human wars. For example, eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died in WW1. Animals in War Memorial Fund More than 100,000 pigeons served in WW1 and 200,000 in WW2. Dogs helped in the front line to send messages, lay wires, identify mines,… Read More Remembering animals lost in war
It was a real treat to hear something totally out of the ordinary at Calne Music and Arts Festival when Yatesbury Taiko Drummers performed at Marden House on 13 September, as a coda to the main evening concert. Taiko drumming is an ancient Japanese form of percussion, using large drums. It is loud, hard and… Read More The sound of drums
Calne Heritage Centre was pleased to welcome BBC Antiques Roadshow miscellaneous specialist, Marc Allum, on Friday 14 September, to talk abut ‘The Anatomy of Antiques’ and the stories of some famous collectors and the myths behind some everyday objects. Marc describes himself as a self-confessed ‘collectaholic.’ While I’m sure he doesn’t he put himself in… Read More Antiques Roadshow specialist in Calne