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If you’ve ever wondered about becoming a midwife then read this inspirational story of one woman’s journey (it began when she was 40 – she had no qualifications – having left school at 14)

If you’ve ever wondered about becoming a midwife then read this inspirational story of one woman’s journey (it began when she was 40 – she had no qualifications – having left school at 14)

Linda was 40, with four children at school and no qualifications having left school at 14. Then she had an idea… New book charting Linda’s journey Midlife to Midwife by Linda Mottram. Available on Amazon. After a bad day childminding and following one too many glasses of wine, this book takes you through the process of how a woman of 40 with no […]

By September 9, 2019 Read More →
Axbridge Review: Save the date of Saturday, November 16th, 2019, for the Progressive Supper

Axbridge Review: Save the date of Saturday, November 16th, 2019, for the Progressive Supper

Progressive Supper The annual fundraising progressive supper takes place on Saturday, November 16th, 2019. Save the date and take part at the movable feast where you never quite know where you will be eating. This year organisers are putting out a call for more people to take part in helping to put the event together […]

By September 7, 2019 Read More →
AXBRIDGE REVIEW: Cheddar Reservoir at dawn: recent photographs during the summer of 2019

AXBRIDGE REVIEW: Cheddar Reservoir at dawn: recent photographs during the summer of 2019

A magical place first thing in the morning although it’s now dark at 6am so autumn is slowly drawing a curtain across the fading light of summer’s dawn. The near circular reservoir around two miles in circumference acts as a mirror to the sky reflecting is earliest patterns of light, clouds and moods. That is […]

By September 5, 2019 Read More →
Cheddar Reservoir: recent photographs of the magical scene at dawn in July as the waters greet the new day under the shadow of the Mendip Hills

Cheddar Reservoir: recent photographs of the magical scene at dawn in July as the waters greet the new day under the shadow of the Mendip Hills

Summer dawns on Somerset’s large strawberry shaped reservoir between Axbridge and Cheddar are often glorious affairs. Golden sunrises at around 5am are a particular feast as the 1930s reservoir acts as a mirror to the sky. Here a few images of the last few days in July 2019.

By August 2, 2019 Read More →
VIDEO: The Axbridge to Cheddar Strawberry Line

VIDEO: The Axbridge to Cheddar Strawberry Line

Join us and take a walk or a ride along the Strawberry Line and check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR_cTuVdPGU

By July 31, 2019 Read More →
AXBRIDGE NEWS: the website for the 2020 Axbridge Pageant is now live

AXBRIDGE NEWS: the website for the 2020 Axbridge Pageant is now live

In 1963 the former Cheddar Valley Railway often called The Strawberry Line was closed after almost a century of use. A few years later the line above the town was turned into the bypass ending the traffic jams that had dogged the town for years. To celebrate a pageant was proposed to chart the town’s […]

By July 29, 2019 Read More →
Children’s Theatre Review: More 21st century girl power than 1950s jolly hockey sticks in Emma Rice’s version of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers in this highly enjoyable family show

Children’s Theatre Review: More 21st century girl power than 1950s jolly hockey sticks in Emma Rice’s version of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers in this highly enjoyable family show

Malory Towers, Bristol. Review. Pack your suitcase, grab your hockey stick and take the train from the Passenger Shed at Bristol’s Temple Mead railway station for Malory Towers this summer writes Harry Mottram. The cavernous building is the venue for a production of the boarding school adventures inspired and abridged from Enid Blyton’s novels. Bursting […]

By July 26, 2019 Read More →
RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE FEATURE: the extraordinarily accurate predictions on Boris, Number 10 and why Brexit won’t happen – a personal view by Harry Mottram

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE FEATURE: the extraordinarily accurate predictions on Boris, Number 10 and why Brexit won’t happen – a personal view by Harry Mottram

Over a year ago Harry Mottram wrote an article explaining why Brexit couldn’t happen and why Boris Johnson will be PM for just 100 days. So far the predictions are uncannily accurate. Below is the article which I updated in February – perhaps I should predict the National Lottery numbers! BREXIT won’t happen because it […]

By July 24, 2019 Read More →
Theatre preview: Tangle Tree comes West featuring former Stretch Mark Theatre’s Push star Bristol actor Jasmine Darke in pivotal role in drama about ‘catastrophic event’

Theatre preview: Tangle Tree comes West featuring former Stretch Mark Theatre’s Push star Bristol actor Jasmine Darke in pivotal role in drama about ‘catastrophic event’

For Hazel and her mother Ivy, their lives have suddenly stopped. They are caught in a maelstrom.’Am I dead?’ Hazel asks, as her mother Ivy contemplates the past and looks into an unknown future.A catastrophic event forces the two women to face reality. What is familiar – where is the thread? Is it in the wool, […]

By June 23, 2019 Read More →
Strawberry Line Times: the cycle and walk way to Cheddar needs investment – please help

Strawberry Line Times: the cycle and walk way to Cheddar needs investment – please help

The Axbridge-Cheddar Cycle Walkway Appeal As part of The Strawberry Line, the Axbridge-Cheddar Cycle Walkway (ACCW) came into being over thirty years ago through voluntary efforts after a serious road accident to a schoolboy cycling into Cheddar. Although its land is leased from Sedgemoor District Council (SDC), neither SDC nor Somerset County Council (SCC) contribute […]

By May 27, 2019 Read More →