Fundraising Update – a Christmas Miracle!

The Reverend Otis Driftwood announced that earlier this week, just as the fundraising thermometer had been updated to show that donations have reached the halfway point at just under £80,000, an pledge was made to fund the remaining half meaning that St. Polycarp’s Church will have a new roof in 2020! The pledge, made by … More Fundraising Update – a Christmas Miracle!

Around Soddenham

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


The church is still temporarily closed and services have been running on a much reduced frequency, duration and regularity. The new incumbent Rev. Driftwood has been organising fundraising groups and almost every business in the village has a collection jar on the counter, of which he is assiduously collecting the contents daily, as well as … More Fundraising

The New Incumbent

Our new vicar, The Reverend Otis Driftwood arrived in Soddenham last week without much fanfare it has to be said, as we had not been informed of his arrival. Indeed, It was only after several hours in The Witches Teat did Mr. Driftwood introduce himself formally. After some initial confusion, Mr. Driftwood was offered temporary … More The New Incumbent

A Tragedy

Soddenham has been offline it would seem; and this is not without reason. It is with great sadness that I inform you that a great tragedy has befallen the village and it has taken its toll upon our small community. Our intention to resume our online presence at the beginning of the year was put … More A Tragedy

A Long Hot Summer

While the UK has been baking under an unseasonably hot spell this summer, Soddenham has been experiencing its first ‘drying out’ since 1976! As the name implies, Soddenham was founded upon the sodden earth and surrounding woodlands and has evolved to embrace it’s unusually moist environment and giving birth to the once proud and mighty … More A Long Hot Summer

A New Find

WITH ALWYN GAZE Yesterday morning during my customary walk I happened to bump into my old friend Brian Medler. Medler’s Model Shop sits on the west side of the village green on Main Street but I found him heading down Pricking Lane towards Setchell’s Copse with a rather smart looking case. He informed me that … More A New Find