13 Jan 2019 | Radical Stroud

The Kings and Kingdoms

The hollow roll of dates chronicling the tired litany of monarchs. Their dusty bones never sleeping gasping their phantom moans to every generation: To keep on fighting for the kingdom. To never forget king and kingdom comes first. You are its...

13 Jan 2019 | Radical Stroud

WEA Radical History Course

I am delighted to say that I shall be running a short course of four sessions in February and early March on Radical History. The course will be held in Stroud. Full details on this link: https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/2018/courseinfo.aspx?r=...

02 Dec 2018 | Radical Stroud

Trenchcoats For Goalposts

Friday 7th December, 8pm at the Sub Rooms, Stroud Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company present TRENCHCOATS FOR GOALPOSTS - Christmas Truce, 1914 with Jon Seagrave (aka Jonny Fluffypunk,)John Bassett, Bill Jones, Paul Southcott, Stuart Butler, Angela ...

23 Nov 2018 | Radical Stroud

Radical Stroud WW1 and FGR Walk

Radical Stroud WW1 and FGR Walk Saturday November 17th Meet at 12 at Nailsworth War Memorial An Armistice Centenary Walk and Talk Peace at Last! A performative walk and talk through WW1 as it affected Stroud, the Five Valleys, Nailsworth, and Fo...

23 Nov 2018 | Radical Stroud

FGR and WW1

Charles and Ernest go to the football Charles sneaked out unnoticed, from his home in Northfield Road. His first call was only a few yards away, ‘The Jovial Foresters’, not only his local pub, but also the headquarters of his beloved Football Club, ...

28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

A Swindon Town Great War Pilgrimage

A Swindon Town Remembrance Pilgrimage We must have numbered a football team, Umbrellas unfurled at the cenotaph, Where we spoke of Walter Tull and Spurs, And Swindon Town and Northampton Town Footballers who fell in the Great War - The rain provi...

28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

Captain Swing in Gloucestershire

‘And lo and behold! Here I am!’ It was a perfect autumn day for a bike ride, Mournful golds and russets and crimsons, Sun dappled and splashed as I climbed the wolds, To leave the pastoral valleys behind, And so reach the wide, open, brown-ploughe...

16 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Burial Chamber

It stands at the end of a street (Bungalows, cars, caravans, camper vans, Children playing in the road and on the driveways), There, behind a gate and beyond the signposts. A six thousand year old burial chamber, One giant stone forty-five degrees...

29 Sep 2018 | Radical Stroud

World War 1 – Blue Plaques Walk

STROUD RADICAL HISTORY: ALTERNATIVE HERITAGE WALK, Friday 12 October 2018 World War 1 - Blue Plaques Walk, commemorating those who fell in a foreign field, and those who died at home from their injuries, remembering fallen soldiers and also conscie...

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...