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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Keep up to date about Corona Virus.

It is difficult to know where to go for information about the virus but the official government page may be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response NHS Advice can be found here, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Dorset council also produces regular updates which can be found here https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-advice.aspx

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Child Okeford Brickworks

“Nothing, perhaps, has done so much indirectly for the improvement of farming and the increase of food production as has efficient land drainage.” C S Orwin History of English Farming 1949 Water logged land creates numerous problems. Wet ground is heavy ground, difficult and sometimes dangerous for animals to walk…

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