Welcome to my website

I work with parish councils, parish meetings, community groups, community managed libraries and neighbourhood planning groups.  

I also write books, mainly about history, undertake research and heritage projects, and use photography to illustrate my work.

Across the county, community managed ibraries are sharing their experience and knowledge.   More here


If you would like to find out more about my work, or if I can help your Parish Council or community group, please don't hesitate to contact me.  The easiest way is to use the Contact Form here

A community working together to celebrate the artistic legacy of a former resident.  More here

See more community news stories on the News Page

Here's a great community initiative - using the train to send your unwanted apple harvest to a social co-operative to be pressed into juice! Apples collected from every station along the route. A free service with volunteers working alongside Network Rail.

The land opposite my house is managed, not by a parish, town, district, borough or county council, but by a Court Leet. Court Leets were created by decree of the king who formally granted certain trusted lords with the legal authority to manage the tithings in the lord's manor.

The Government has announced it will not cap parish council budgets in 2020-21, but says it remains concerned 'about the pressure placed on taxpayers from thousands of town and parish councils across England and expects them to exercise even greater restraint'.

The Bells of England

My next writing project is a book which will celebrate the bells of England, inspired by visits to the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough as part of my research for Professor Michael Wood's Great British Story BBC TV series.

As well as recounting the history of bells, I hope to explore their role in culture, literature, religion and everyday life over the centuries.

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