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The West Country: A Cultural History

A new book about the cultural heritage of the West Country has ranked two Swindon writers among the area’s finest.

Alfred Williams and Richard Jefferies have been singled out for lofty praise in The West Country: A Cultural History, by John Payne published by Signal Books (paperback, £12).

Separate sections on both Jefferies, who died in 1887, and Williams, who died in 1930, are included in the book, giving them the same prominence as major authors from the West Country, such as Thomas Hardy and Daphne du Maurier.

“So far, Swindon has chosen not to give due honour to these two great writers, which I find puzzling,” said John.

John reserves special praise for Life In A Railway Factory, the warts-and-all account of working conditions and attitudes that Alfred Williams published in 1915 after a quarter of a century of employment in Swindon Railway Works.

“It is one of the first and best accounts of the realities of industrial time and discipline,” said John.

“But Williams, who was born in South Marstonand lived his whole life there, also wrote about the surrounding area with great skill.”

The full version of this article is available from the Swindon Advertiser

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Tower and Tap – November 2009

Click here for the PDF version of Tower & Tap Nov 09 edition.

This months edition includes:-

  • Letter from Rev Vicky Fleming.
  • An update from Colin McEwen on the latest housing development
  • A newsletter from Alison Lowe, head of South Marston Primary School.
  • Parish Council News Update
  • Neighbourhood Watch Update.

South Marston Parish Council News – Nov 2009

Website Problems

The Parish Council has adopted a new platform for the village website following the recent problems with corrupted data on the existing site. Access to the new site is currently via a link from the current website www.southmarston.co.uk, but it is planned to transfer this website address to the new site in the near future to allow direct address.
Continue reading South Marston Parish Council News – Nov 2009

Latest on the planned housing development – Updated

Note: This article has been significantly updated since the original posting

Since a meeting on 15 October in the village hall, I have become aware of the strength of feeling in the village about the plans to build 12,000 houses in the Eastern Development Area to the South of the village.. Many residents here, and in other parishes affected by the proposals, want to oppose the development. They are surprised that the South Marston parish council is continuing to work with the planners to modify the proposals to bring them more in line with the village strategy, which so many of you helped to create in 2007. Continue reading Latest on the planned housing development – Updated

Diving Club Raid

An ORANGE inflatable boat was among items taken from a diving club.

Burglars struck at the Swindon British Sub Aqua Club, based within the grounds of Supermarine Sports and Social Club in South Marston, between 7.30pm on Monday and 8.15am on Tuesday.

The high value items stolen included diving equipment and the orange humber rigid inflatable boat, which is six metres in length and has a Yamaha two-stroke outboard engine attached to it.

Anyone with information or who saw the boat being towed away should call DC 1596 Bishop at Gablecross Police Station on 0845 408 7000 or leave information, anonymously, with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Originally reported in the Swindon Advertiser.

Be Bright, Be Safe

Swindon Borough Council LogoChange 4 Life

With the clocks going back this weekend (25th Oct 2009), Swindon Borough Council is urging people to take extra care when travelling in the darker evenings.

Cyclists can easily be caught out without lights, and should take the time to check that their bicycle lights are clean and working, and if possible invest in reflective clothing. Dynamo pedals are also available that flash as you cycle, giving added visibility as the cyclist crosses side junctions.

Car drivers should also prepare for the winter months by checking there is a spare blanket in the boot, and taking extra caution to look out for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s also safer to have passengers in the car should you break down or have to walk to isolated car parks, so try to car share with friends and work colleagues as much as possible. To find out who’s going your way, log on to www.carshareswindon.com.

Wear bright clothing if walking in poorly lit areas too. Whether it’s walking the dog or striding your child to school, make sure you can be seen. Reflective tabards and ankle / armbands are available for both adults and children.

For more information, contact Margaret Tester, Swindon Borough Council’s Road Safety Manager, Phone: 01793 466399

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