Farewell Peal to Lydia

The bells rang out on Sunday to say farewell to our erstwhile vicar , Lydia Cook. Bob Crighton has let me know the following. Ancient Society of College Youths On Sunday, 19 September 2021 in 2h 46 Child Okeford, Dorset St Nicholas Tenor: 10–2–27 in G 5040 Surprise Minor (7m)…

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The Baker Arms Bicentenary

The Baker Arms 1821 -2021   Contents In Days of Yore …… The Baker’s of Ranston The Building Exterior Pub Signs Floor Plans Publicans The Woolfrey family and the Baker Arms Any Other Business Photographs through the years Download a copy of this Booklet In Days of Yore….. In 1641…

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Vaccine Fraud – A Warning

Forwarded by Blandford Group Practice As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, had received 57 reports in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine. Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting the coronavirus and keeping…

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Hayward Bridges

Hayward Bridges Introduction There have been at least five ‘Heyford’ or, later, ‘Hayward bridges since the Norman Conquest 1. The story told here has been compiled from those historical sources that have survived but unfortunately the problems of COVID have meant that some which still reside in the vaults of…

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Comet Neowise

One of the joys in living in an undeveloped village is the lack of light pollution. Jo Gardner reports seeing Comet Neowise she says “It is appearing now in the NE night sky just to the right of the Big Dipper (saucepan!) and slightly below.  We saw it last night…

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Fast Day – At Home

Britain in the time of Cholera.                                          Photographed by the author at the Dorset History Centre. I have been researching the life of a Dorset land surveyor called John Martin. He is important in the story of Child Okeford as at various times he mapped the parish and was responsible…

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