“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy”   – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl
Jun04

“Damn it all, they are mostly pure fantasy” – Remembering the life of Roald Dahl

Over 30 years since his death, the words of Roald Dahl continue to echo through time as an important handwritten letter by Roald Dahl – considered one of the world’s best storytellers – has been discovered by an auction house in Staffordshire. The letter, dated 2nd August, 1989, gives a rare insight into the author’s opinion of his own work and determination to get children reading. The owner and recipient of the letter, Christine...

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Jenny’s lockdown quilt a thing of beauty
Jun03

Jenny’s lockdown quilt a thing of beauty

Jenny Hutchinson has been making quilts since she was six years old, helping her Mother sew fabric squares cut from old dresses and curtain fabrics together to make quilts for relations. A lifelong interest was born. Jenny worked in the fabric department in the first Habitat in London where she met Alec. This was the Swinging 60s in London! In 1972, she and Alec opened Strawberry Fayre, a craft shop in Stockbridge, Hampshire, selling...

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Making a rescued dog’s journey a little less bumpy in Devon
Jun02

Making a rescued dog’s journey a little less bumpy in Devon

A bumpy lane in Devon is causing some real problems for dog rescue charity Forever Hounds Trust, which has recently set up a new Homing and Welfare Centre near Cullompton. The only access to the new Centre is via 438 metres of what could be the bumpiest lane in Devon! There are so many potholes, dips and ruts that it is proving a real challenge to get vehicles up and down there. Every visitor, both hound and human, gets shaken about....

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Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain
Jun01

Histories and Mysteries: A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain

Daniel Defoe is best known, of course, as the author of Robinson Crusoe (1719) but he was also famous as a political pamphleteer and is often called the father of modern journalism. He was born as Daniel Foe in 1660, the son of a butcher in Stoke Newington in London, but used the grander-sounding ‘Defoe’ as his pen name. A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels first published in three volumes...

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