Thursday, October 19, 2017

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...

The Land of Muggles

James Lloyd explores how an ethnic slur became a geographically confused hagiographical anecdote. Kent is, in many respects, a privileged county: The first of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to be founded and the first to be...

Superstition & Science: Mystics, sceptics, truth-seekers and charlatans

Derek Wilson’s history of thought between the Reformation and the Enlightenment approaches the received wisdom about a shift from superstition (and religion) to science (and atheism) in a vein which, while not aggressively revisionist,...

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show: In Pictures

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a triumph of plants over posing, a place where gardeners can find an abundance of advice and ideas - as well as the opportunity to blow a small...

Whichever Way You Throw It, It Will Stand

James Lloyd leaps the Irish Sea to Man, to pay homage to one of the oldest-surviving traditions in the British Isles. This Wednesday is Tynwald Festival Day, when the legislature of the Isle of Man...

Watch outdoor opera at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s house, 16 Sept 2017

Put on your glad rags for a night of comedic opera at Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Surrey. On 16 September this magnificent venue is staging Mozart's Marriage of Figaro,...