Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Man who should be King: Part One

James Lloyd tells the exciting, surprising and tragic story of Edgar the Ætheling, the king we barely had. In the County of Hertford are two villages which can make a claim to be among the...

Life of the Last Englishman

Men die. Heroes do not. Andrew had received hundreds of confessions from dying men but he would never forget this one. He had seen the old hermit on and off, wandering around the graveyard of...

Review: The Art of Mindful Birdwatching

Mindfulness, it seems, it now everywhere. This ubiquity, not to mention the proliferation of adult colouring books, has arguably lessened its perceived value - not to mention created the impression that each new mindfulness-related...

The Countryside Blog of an Essex Born Lady – Afterword July 2017

Another walk with my canine companion along the river Blackwater's edge, or maybe through the old railway line, a place which has become a rich haven for nature and a playground for those who love the...

Death of the Last Englishman

James Lloyd explores the connection between a hill in Somerset and a church in Essex, reputed to be the resting place of King Harold II. Montacute is tiny village in Somerset, with a population of...

The Giant’s Cairn

James Lloyd visits the summit of Mount Snowdon to recall the story of how the highest mountain in Wales was formed. In the days of Arthur, High King of Britain, there dwelt two mighty lords...

The Shrieval Dead

James Lloyd pays homage to the late George Romero with this Anglo-Saxon zombie flick from darkest Suffolk. Just north of Bury Saint Edmund’s (as we purists insist on spelling it), now bisected by the A14,...

Act now to save the UK’s last horse-drawn theatre company

The only remaining travelling horse-drawn theatre troupe in the UK may stop touring after losing crucial Arts Council funding. Sabotage Theatre is a traditional rural touring company which performs original plays at venues across Kent...

Do rural communities have a voice in government? Tune in now

In its first evidence session, The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 is now taking evidence from Defra and Natural England. Tune in here: parliamentlive.tv Defra is the UK government department responsible...

The Well of Saint Augustine

Previously, on The Rural Voice . . . The year is A.D. 600. Saint Augustine of Canterbury and his companions have arrived at a village in Dorset but the people have refused to hear their...