Category: Tales from the Vale

Coffee and punctures Tales from the Vale

Coffee and punctures Great new coffee house in King’s Stag attached to the Green Man pub with an attractive almost Scandi-minimally-decorated interior. I was going to...

Off with his head | Tales from the Vale

The slow escape Big hoo-ha in Mappowder: a tortoise has gone missing (easily identifiable – it’s wearing a shell suit) which led my wife to...

Thomas Hardy too miserable to read | Tales from the Vale

I expected a storm of complaints about my last column which had a bit of a go at ‘famous Dorset novelist’ Thomas Hardy -...

Why is Hardy so popular?

Why is Hardy so popular? A lot of locals revere the writer Thomas Hardy.  I hate to be a party pooper but he’s just that little...

A letter from Her Maj

To get a birthday card from the Queen (my father in Law is 100, an absolute miracle – as you’ll read below) you’ve got...

Haggis, the Falklands and DFLs | Tales from the Vale

Great little farm shop and outdoor café up a dirt track near Milton Abbas owned by ‘Steve,’ but run by two self-confessed ‘smiley girls,’...

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Clayesmore head likens Labour’s policy to 1980s pit closures in open letter

In a powerful open letter, Jo Thomson, the head of Clayesmore School, has challenged Sir Keir Starmer's new tax policy for independent schools, likening...
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Buckland Newton | Then & Now

Step back in time with our ‘Then and Now’ feature, where vintage postcards from the Barry Cuff Collection meet modern-day reality. Explore the past...

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