2020

The big house at the end of the village was beautiful six bedrooms and like a palace occupied by Lloyd Hobson and his wife Betty. They had everything, Range Rover for him, Mercedes for her, Lloyd was a scrap metal dealer but his ‘real earner’...

During my apprenticeship as an engineer, one day a week was spent at the technical college to learn the theory of engineering and obtain the certificates required for a successful career in the industry.       A good lecturer can hold students attention by making the subject...

Leigh Smith was a happily married man, He lived with his wife Mandy and their two year old son who was called Jack in a two up two down town house in Mansfield.      Leigh worked long hours in a transport depot, loading large lorries but...

Everybody strives to have a perfect lifestyle but what is that? If you work in a town, it makes sense to live in the town. You take leisure time in the countryside, then a yen develops to live in a village, with only one shop,...

The Merry Fellow Inn was a two hundred year old Cotswold stone built coaching house in the Cotswold hills and named after the original landlord in 1780 who was George Merry. George started the Inn as a staging house, changing horses for the coaches that...

The planet earth was in a mess, pollution of the sea, pollution of the air and pollution of the land. It was all the fault of one faction The Human Race. With their obsession for technical development in the last hundred or so years, the...

England in the nineteen fifties, the war, for most, was a distant memory, the baby boom was under way and the children were growing up in a land full of hope and opportunity.      Compton Abdale village in the Cotswolds was a picturesque pastoral scene with...

Poor old James Simmons was seventy eight and not a well man. A visit to the doctor and subsequently the hospital confirmed his worst fears. He was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and given six months to live at best. He was quite calm and rational,...

The meeting room at the day centre was completely empty except for Chris the team leader. He was sitting waiting for the weekly class from the care in the community homes in the area. The attendance was only three or four each week but it...