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,...

15 May 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018

  Outside Richard Jefferies’ House, Ewell Road “Jefferies left school at fifteen and at first continued his habits of solitary wanderings about the local countryside. He dressed carelessly and allowed his hair to grow down to his collar. This, with his “bent form and long, rapid stride made him an object of wonder in the … Continue reading Walking in Richard Jefferies’ Footsteps, Monday May 7th 2018 →

18 Apr 2018 | Radical Stroud

Collecting Football Autographs

Do you remember collecting autographs, When the football specials steamed back west, When the last faint gleams of terrace street sun Slipped behind the shadows of the stands, And the ground went abruptly quiet and numb, When the crowd made i...

08 Apr 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Best Goal I Ever Scored

Alas! George Bowling and George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air: the spot where I scored my best ever goal is now a housing estate. The Best Goal I Ever Scored It must have been 1965, We were having a lunchtime kick-about. ‘It’s Good News Week’ by Hedge...

29 Mar 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One

Did you know that one of our most cherished and important nature writers lived in Tolworth? Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) was born in Coate in Wiltshire, but moved to live in Tolworth, at 296 Ewell Road, from 1877 – 1882. During this time he wrote what is acknowledged to be his finest writing, some of which … Continue reading In the footsteps of Richard Jefferies – Part One →

05 Mar 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor

The Tolworth Memory Tree has taken root at the Court Farm Cafe – Alison Fure has created a tree, and it even has mistletoe! The tree is starting to bloom and sprout memories of Tolworth. We would like it to blossom with as many memories from as many people as possible. The tree will still … Continue reading The Memory Tree and a Sunday Stroll to the Moated Manor →

04 Mar 2018 | Radical Stroud

Woodchester Roman Villa

Boudonus a servant in the Villa Magni Widinis speaks: ‘My family have always been servants to the Great Family whose own ancestors had the villa built in the valley made with stone from the hills around; they were the Great Family before the Dobunni b...

19 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walking the Tolworth Edgelands

Come and discover some of Tolworth’s ‘edgelands’ – find out what edgelands are and why they are important. This is the second of our ‘Tolworth Treasure and the Hogsmill Hum’ walks of 2018. The walk takes places on Sunday 25th February from 11am-2pm. Facebook event here We will meet outside the Hogsmill Pub (KT4 7PY) … Continue reading Walking the Tolworth Edgelands →

19 Feb 2018 | Walk Coach Learn

Course of History in Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral on a weekend late morning in January. Impressions: Awesome height, gold, stone, wood, marble, sunlight, candle light, shadows, history, ritual, hush, burial site of Catherine of Aragon Question: A plaque tells us that if Henry VIII had had a son with his first wife, he may not have set off the chain of … Course of History in Peterborough CathedralRead More »

14 Feb 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree)

It was about as wet a day as it is possible to have in January, without it snowing. Persistent, doggedly determined precipitation meant that, understandably, many people who had been in touch to say they would be joining the walk, cancelled when they saw the weather that morning. But twelve intrepid adventurers gathered at the … Continue reading Walk the Hogsmill (Meeting the Tree) →

13 Jan 2018 | Radical Stroud


Remembering You were a deep mid-winter baby, Harry, Born in Vienna, the home of art and culture, Just two years after Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch. But there was nothing to worry about In those early years before memory, When your mum and dad held y...

05 Jan 2018 | LucyFurLeaps

Tolworth Treasure & The Hogsmill Hum

FREE Walks and Workshops for 2018 with Alison Fure and Lucy Furlong Walk the Hogsmill River and explore the green fields of Tolworth. Experience the wildlife, learn about the environment, discover the hidden heritage. Please ‘like’ and follow the facebook page www.facebook.com/tolworthtreasure for more information and updates about events WALK THE HOGSMILL First walk of … Continue reading Tolworth Treasure & The Hogsmill Hum →

29 Nov 2017 | Radical Stroud

What Makes People Love History

What makes People love history? So that it becomes a passion, Not a subject, nor hobby, nor interest, Not a diversion, nor a pastime, But a consuming passion instead. I started to read the virtual edition Of the History Workshop Journal, A compe...

15 Nov 2017 | LucyFurLeaps

Tolworth Treasure

What kind of Five Year Plan should Tolworth have? I would like to see a commitment to keep and manage its green spaces sensitively – because they are what make Tolworth special. I was shocked to hear Tolworth referred to as a ‘ghetto’ by staff and students at Kingston University while I was studying there. … Continue reading Tolworth Treasure →

28 Oct 2017 | Radical Stroud

Harvest Festivals and Changing Times

Times change don’t they? “Are there no prisons?” “Are there no workhouses?” Asked Mr. Scrooge back in the decade Known as ‘The Hungry Forties”, When asked to assist with charity, A charity that was mostly Christian rather than secular. Times cha...

11 Oct 2017 | Radical Stroud

Oral History and Walking

ONE: DISCOVERY An invitation to participate in a seminar held by the Oral History Society in September 2017, based on some work from thirteen or so years before, got me thinking about oral history and differing walking practices. Obviously, many peopl...