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Who Are Those Folk on the Green?

Happy Birthday to the Wanderer!

Last week the North Bucks Wanderer had its first birthday, so in celebration of this milestone, I’ve selected some of the highlights from the last twelve months. There’s a link to each post in the heading. The photos here are from the posts, but might not be the first one you'll see. Enjoy!

Ludgershall Bike Night

CB1100R

On the first Monday in July last year, just about every sort of bike you can imagine was parked up alongside the High Street, in the ancient village of Ludgershall. There was over a quarter mile of motorcycles, plus a huge variety of bikes parked on The Green.

There were also a few, er, non motorcycle vehicles, but they were still quite interesting. Lots of photos at the link.

This year’s bike night hasn’t been widely advertised, but as far as I can see, it will be on Monday 1st July, from 5pm to 10pm. It’s a charity event, and proceeds will be to the local Air Ambulance. Ludgershall is near Brill, not far of the A41. Just turn up.

Life on Mars in Aylesbury

Detail  Earthly Messenger statue 01

Why is there a sculpture of David Bowie in Aylesbury, under the archway of the old Corn Exchange at the bottom corner of the Market Square? you’ll want to go and see it after you’ve read this post.

Queen Victoria’s Oak Tree

Old Thatch cottage  Woughton on the Green

This was a post that got completely out of hand! I took a photo of the oak tree in Woughton on the Green in Milton Keynes, thinking it would only merit a 50 word caption. I ended up with a great long post that looked at how the village has changed since the tree was planted in 1887. I had to go out and take more photos, too.

In the end I found out so much about Woughton on the Green that I ended up making another post, about how the parish once stretched all the way to Watling Street, and what happened when it got there.

You might think that Milton Keynes is all very modern, but these two posts will show you how the past has shaped the new town.

The Old Turnpike and the Roman Road

Tractor in Lane

A gypsy’s grave, a Roman road you didn’t know existed, and the old main road from Aylesbury to Buckingham; it went through East Claydon, not Winslow. This tractor is on the old Roman road.

Hanslope Spire Across the Fields

Hanslope church from Tardley Gobion

The spire of Hanslope Church can be seen for miles. I spotted it on the horizon one day, as I left Yardley Gobion. Of course, that village is in Northamptonshire, but the subject of the photo was in Bucks, so that’s alright. This post was also one of my occasional series Tales From the Edge.

There are photos in the post taken up the tower during one of their open days. The big tenor bell was rung while I was up there, and I could feel the whole tower swinging from side to side.

Hanslope church open day is on Saturday 13th July this year, from Noon. I recommend going up the tower.

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