The Lydiards started off life as a new on-line magazine, centred around the village of Lydiard Millicent in North Wiltshire.
It never aimed to replace the much-loved community magazine, which many of us subscribe to, and which continues to keep us up-to-date with many community events. Rather, it aimed to supplement and complement. My hope was that it would be able to cover in more depth, unconstrained by finite pages and the long lead-in of print schedules. That it would be better able to respond quickly to events than print.
The Parish Council etc.
My hope was also that it would feature some local and seasonal produce, and local history. As things panned out, however, the reports on the local Parish Council meetings turned out to be the most popular posts. There seemed to be a real appetite for change.
Then I took the King’s Shilling, and became a parish councillor myself (hoping to represent local residents’ views, and promote a more transparent, open, way of communicating with residents – watch this space). As a result, I felt no longer able to continue with The Lydiards. Indeed, I think that it would still be problematical to report on the meetings in the way I used to. However, whilst knocking on doors to get residents’ views on the Council’s proposals for white gates and hamlet signs in the Parish, I had an epiphany moment. Why not use my blog to talk about what’s going on in Lydiard Green and, as a means of eliciting views and feedback? (Non-digital modes of communication are, of course, still very welcome, but it does mean that there’s an additional way of giving me feedback without getting wet!)
This remains very much my personal blog, and when posting here I am not speaking for the Council. Any views I express are my own alone. So, a general disclaimer applies to all posts:
Statements and opinions here are my own and don’t necessarily represent the Council’s policies or opinions
If commenting, please bear this in mind. I will moderate all comments, but please be kind. Or civil, at least. Nothing abusive, and nothing defamatory. But I think you know that already.
Heritage, Environment, Food and Chickens
I love the countryside – having come back to my “roots” after years spent in London, Suffolk, and various other places. I remember Lydiard as a child, when it still had a shop and post office, even before Toothill and the rest of West Swindon were built (Asda, then Carrefour was a new and exciting innovation from the Continent, called a hypermarket. And, yes, I’m that old.) I’m pleased my son is able to grow up seeing the cows, which produce milk, and to collect eggs from his own chickens. (Even if he also has to learn the hard economic realities of farming and trying to sustain a rural lifestyle, which is constantly under pressure).
So, this is also my place to write about life in Lydiard Green, and what makes it a special place for me.
Hence the new name The View from the Green @ The Lydiards.
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