Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.


As the Gazette & Herald article, above, says: In 2016, brothers Stefan and Peter Barbaruk undertook a trip to their home village in Ukraine inspired by the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are?. Stefan and Peter's parents fled Ukraine after World War II and settled at the Westwells 'Displacement Hostel' which they eventually left in 1957, settling in Corsham. Many other refugee Ukranians eventually settled in the local area; another acquaintance, Bogdan (Bob) Gardyj now lives in Melksham as does his mother who is 100 (writing this in September 2021).

Emelia and Michael Barbaruk with son Stefan at the Westwells Displacement Centre c1952
Ukranian families at the Westwells Displacement Centre c1951. Stefan is at centre with friend Vladig Badz at far right.
Peter and Stefan Barbaruk at the Westwells Displacement Centre c1955. Stefan says: "Times must have been hard, notice the length of my jacket sleeve, a real refugee".
The catering team at the Thorny Pits Hostel c1952/53. Michael Barbaruk is at the far left of the back row; Stefan believes that Mr and Mrs Smith of Pickwick are also in the picture.
Barbaruk family reunion in Ukraine during the 2016 'Who Do You Think You Are' trip
Stefan, cousin Kate Farmana (who lives in America) and Peter in Kiev during the 2016 Ukraine trip
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