John Clare: 150th anniversary of his death, Tuesday May 20th

Centenaries abound where ere the sun doth his successive journeys run: Dylan Thomas, Laurie Lee, World War One, my dad … but Tuesday May 20th marks the 150th year since the death of John Clare. ‘JD’ pointed out in the Guardian on Saturday that there is only one national read more

Thomas Duncombe and ‘No Pasaran!’ 10 km stroll, mid-May

Thomas Duncombe. and ‘No Pasaran!’ 10 km stroll, mid-May

‘No Pasaran!’ walk in Wotton Under Edge on Saturday 17th May to celebrate the life of Thomas Duncombe of the International Brigade and Wotton; killed in action at Gandesa. Meet at the parish church at mid-day.

Let me know if you want to attend.

There will be readings from A Gloucestershire Declamation when we reach the Spanish mountain oaks that we planted at the tail end of the last century.

This piece of research records the names and contributions of supporters of the anti-fascist cause in our area.

It is a unique piece of research that we lost and then re-discovered in a dusty old box, just before the box was thrown out.

Thank goodness Trish suggested one last search and a proper search inside the capacious and paper-filled box.