Ann Holland learns about distilling gin and whiskey in the Cotswolds, the importance of a community and the impacts of covid and Brexit
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Anne Holland reports on her time at the Labour party conference and the highs of seeing people again and the mass of motions and meetings.
Ann Holland takes another day trip, this time to Chester (or Deva Victrix to the Romans)
Ann Holland looks at how Brailes villages come back to life after 18 months of pandemic. Camaradarie soon returns.
We learn from Tokyo art and sport are powerful unifiers, shining light on what we share and helping generate common understanding.
The Art of Paul Michael Glaser will be exhibited in the Cotswolds in September. Just ten miles away from Stratford, Mr Glaser will bring a little piece of Hollywood to Shipston-on-Stour. His first UK exhibition includes an introductory presentation by Zoom, by invitation only. Running from the 24th to the 26th of September, the public […]
A Stour valley village hall comes back to life as the heart of the community as Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Ann Hollands takes us on a brief tour of Assumption day around the world and at home with her own personal experience
Central region MP Nadhim Zahawi was also on the receiving end of lobbying texts from David Cameron
Are we back to the nineties? Is cash for access is the latest Tory party scandaIs and is Ben Elliot one of its key enablers.
Concerns over Formula 1 sponsor The recent British Grand Prix saw concerns raised by campaigners in Towcester. DHL, a British GP sponsor, has applied to build a massive warehouse near the historic town which could change its character, they claim. The group, No DHL at Towcester said the proposed one million square foot centre is […]
The civil society report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) is dear to my heart. Curated by the Runnymede Trust, it was submitted by a coalition of over 100 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and is a report to the United Nations (UN) on race and racism in England. The […]
Last Sunday was Sea Sunday, when the hymn, ‘Eternal Father strong to save’ is sung by seafarers around the world. It is perhaps better known by its other name – ‘For those in peril on the sea’. My Aunt Teresa had been chief cashier at the Shell (now Essar) Refinery in Stanlow. When she retired, […]
£100 million pound investment secures future of Vauxhall Ellesmere Port to make electric vehicles.
Ann Holland takes a ramble through Chipping Norton, meets blood-thirsty flies and muses on Clarkson’s farm
Did five years of groups campaigning for remain in Chipping Norton turn it from blue to red in the latest local elections.
In 1992 we lived and worked in Dorset. A beautiful count where I was Deputy Head of Lytchett Minster School.
Two of my colleagues were language teachers and together, we decided to create a European fortnight of theatre, music and food to celebrate the Union. Most of the staff and students got involved, and we produced several Spanish and French plays, held three concerts and hosted a Brazilian/Portuguese dance group who happened to be visiting Bournemouth.
The stark change to the lives of the UK’s musicians and actors is heartbreaking. Prior to 31 December 2020, lockdown aside, a musician could jump onto Eurostar, pass speedily into France or Belgium and carry their instrument without paperwork, tariffs or red tape to their venue. Maybe for a week, maybe for a whole season. Post-Brexit, only 90 days is permissible.
A dear colleague who travelled with me on a British council expedition spent many weeks of the summer in Yemen. Alison was a teacher and she spent her holiday time in the Yemen sewing, chatting and enjoying the camaraderie. In 2014 that all changed as civil war took over the country and the Houthi armed […]
The company owner now is Stellantis, a merger of Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot. The plant could be left empty. They could go for an electric car but the future looks as grim as it has for some time. Just in time supply chains won’t necessarily work with Brexit and Covid-19.
As a geographer and scientist I have spent my life viewing the scene and travelling wherever I could. Born in Ellesmere Port, aged 4, a friend and I regularly tricycled down to the Dock Basin where the Shropshire Union Canal met the Manchester Ship Canal. Today the Boat Museum is a major tourist attraction, whilst […]