Some say that heaven smells of freshly baked bread which means that here in Soddenham we have a little piece of heaven on the Sodden Road at Gurney’s the bakers! Gurney’s have been baking their wonderful bread here for over 75 years, and it is now Angela Gurney’s responsibility to take the family business forward. Since formally taking … More Gurney’s
A remarkable discovery was made earlier this week during some annual maintenance in the woodland north of Lollards Pits known as Sodden Covert. Four trees were scheduled to be felled this week as part of our woodland management programme in conjunction with the E.N. Viro Mint Agency*. The first two trees, both Ash were brought down without incident, … More When is a tree not a tree?
For those about to vape – we cater for you! Yes, the distinctive aromas of traditional Soddenham delicacies has been captured in juice form that can be safely inhaled via something called an e-cigarette. This is a new venture by a group of forward thinking entrepreneurs in the village, eager to capitalise on this newfangled … More Advertorial
Since the demise of commercial lichen farming in Britain at the end of the last century, Soddenham has striven to keep its historical links with lichen alive during the last few years. We have reported upon the influence of the Murrow family on several occasions upon this website but never in any detail, touching lightly upon the long running … More The Wars of the Lichens (Part 1)
WITH ALWYN GAZE It has often been commented upon that I spend a lot of my time walking in and around the village over the years, without route nor destination, and that I must know every inch of every mile! That well may be, but as I walk amongst our lanes and through our pastures I am … More Around Soddenham
“If I had a pound for every time someone has come in here asking for Melvin, I’d have about fifty quid!” Laughs Brenda Melvin as she reassembles a beautiful 1960’s toaster that she has completely overhauled. “Can you believe that someone was actually throwing this away? Some new modern wiring and heating elements and it’s better … More Melvin’s Electrical Repairs
by Jessie Blunt The birds are singing again. It doesn’t really matter what kind they are; that they sing at all is enough to remind me of my place in the world and how much unnecessary noise we people make. There is an old Arabian proverb that goes “If what you have to say is not more beautiful than … More Nature Notes April 2016