05 Sep 2018 | Radical Stroud

Nevern, near Newport, Pembs

Faith, Time and Tide We wandered windfall pilgrims’ paths, Past hedgerows bright with sloe and crimson haw, Swallows, too, following their autumnal call, While murmurations of starlings, And flocks of melancholy geese, Patterned a darkening estua...

19 Aug 2018 | Radical Stroud

Chip Shop Walk

Chip Shop Hop A group of us gathered at the corner Bath Road and Frome Park Road, initially in search of the legendary Rodborough Chip Machine http://radicalstroud.co.uk/the-face-that-launched-thousand-chips/ We then flexibly followed the score fr...

28 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Walter Tull and Captain Cobham-Smith

Even though Walter Tull’s body (and his diary) was never recovered, a fascinating document has recently come to public notice that sheds light on Walter’s life and ancestry. It was found in the journal of Captain Cobham-Smith of Little Withens, Hampsh...

28 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Swindon and The Great War

They were summoned from the hillside, They were called in from the glen, And the country found them ready At the stirring call for men. Let no tears add to their hardship, As the soldiers pass along, And although your heart is breaking Make it s...

07 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Rodborough Walk

We followed the old way out of Rodborough, taking Kingscourt Road to follow the 1300 Manor boundary. A route of old farmsteads, vanished feudal obligations and lost names. De Rodboroughs and Gastrells, Achards and the Cynnes. Red valerian and plump r...

07 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Final Scores

FGin1914-1918: And Now For The Final Cost: These figures show 2014 research into the number of players at the clubs below who lost their lives in the Great War. This may not yet be the Final Cost. There is also an interesting postscript. Arsenal 3 A...

10 Jun 2018 | Radical Stroud

Alternative Heritage Walk

Radical Stroud’s June walk is a week-early Jo Cox Memorial Walk: Meet at Rodborough Church, Friday June 15th at 10; returning to the church at 1pm. We shall be investigating the medieval history of Rodborough from the days when it was still owned as pa...

10 Jun 2018 | Radical Stroud

FGR and WWI Memorials

I pedalled through snowdrops and birdsong, To the two war memorials in Woodchester, Then bicycled past umpteen old cloth mills, River liquid light all along my way, To Nailsworth, Avening, Minchinhampton and Amberley, With long barrows and a stand...

10 Jun 2018 | Radical Stroud

An FGR and Walter Tull Declamation

Let the living answer the roll call of the dead: Walter Tull of Spurs and Northampton Town KIA 1918; And now the names from Forest Green: Harry Watts was born in 1891 in Avening. Harry joined the 6th Signal Corps of the Royal Engineers prior to ou...

30 May 2018 | Radical Stroud

Synchronised Global Walking May 12th 2018

It was May the 12th, 2018, Synchronised walking was happening all over the globe Via a shared urban score: ‘Cities tend to start in the middle and spread outwards, thinning as they go… a familiar phenomenology … in the middle of things. But where ...

18 May 2018 | Radical Stroud

God Save Great Thomas Paine

Why, sirrah, and why, madam, hast thou not read thy Tom Paine? ‘Kings succeed each other not as rationals but as animals … an hereditary governor is as inconsistent as an hereditary author.’ And you needn’t visit Paris in this, the year of our Lord,...