Monthly Archives: December 2017

Mass Observation at eighty

This year was the eightieth anniversary of Mass Observation, which gathered valuable social records, and continues to do so. Continue reading

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The year’s midnight

St Lucies Day is 13 December not the winter solstice. Continue reading

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The coast is our birthright

In 1936, my predecessor at the Open Spaces Society, Laurence Chubb, called for the protection of the coast and our access to it:  We have called attention more than once to the danger which confronts the people of this island of … Continue reading

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Rhagrith, or Welsh hypocrisy

The Welsh Government wants people to use public transport but then fixes meetings so that this is impossible. Continue reading

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The true Exmoor Village

Exmoor Village, was published 70 years ago, describing the way of life in Luccombe. Continue reading

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68th birthday of ‘a people’s charter’

Today is the 68th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. Continue reading

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What about Henley’s pedestrians?

We need to clear the clutter from the pavements in Henley-on-Thames to make way for pedestrians. Continue reading

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Back to Marsham Street

Defra moves back to Marsham Street Continue reading

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Bird survey at Sydenham

I did a bird survey for the Thame Conservation Trust around Sydenham in Oxfordshire. Continue reading

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Secret church

Yesterday I visited the commons around Sevenoaks and Westerham in Kent.  They are included in the Sevenoaks Greensand Commons project, funded by the Heritage Lottery. One of the commons is Seal Chart, and to reach it we walked past St … Continue reading

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