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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We Unite to Assist Each Other

‘We unite to assist each other.’ Notes on the history of the Friendly societies in Child Okeford This Child Okeford Union Benefit Society banner will be familiar to many villagers, and it’s motto will seem particularly apposite in these difficult times. We will come to it’s history presently, but what…

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