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.


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View from Paul Street across Frome's central triangle to the spire of St John's

A trip to Frome on 8th April 2017 is to be followed by a cultural visit today, 16th April, to the Memorial Theatre, And the cultural icon? Ken Dodd - who, unfortunately, accepted a knighthood but cannot surely, like Terry Wogan, be addressed as Sir Ken. We booked in the names of Lord and Baroness Turner of Rudloe. Photos of our 8th April trip follow.


Apparently, Frome is at the same time one of the trendiest places to live and one of the most deprived. It featured in the Weekend supplement of this Saturday's (15th April 2017) Times as one of 'Five great British weekends'.


Like Stokes Croft (featured elsewhere on this website) Frome has, according to the Times' article "... regenerated itself, having ditched old-style party politics, the community is run by independent councillors who have encouraged a thriving small business sector with dozens of interesting, independent retailers". 

The River Frome
The Market Cafe on Catherine Hill - even the miserable git says "great service, ambiance and orgasmic food"
The Stations of the Cross at St John's
Art Deco in Bath Street
Taken on our exit from Frome Memorial Theatre at quarter past midnight

And, as threatened, the show 'Evening with Sir Ken Dodd' went on for over five hours, finishing at 00:10 am! The size and grandeur (in a small town sense) of Frome Memorial Theatre, which is staffed entirely by volunteers (all sporting evening dress), was a revelation. Other Corshamites, in the form of Paul and Jill Bailey and two friends, were also in attendance.


What's also remarkable is that this is not the only theatre in Frome - the other is the 240-seater Merlin on the campus of Frome Community College. Whilst this was, ashamedly, our first visit to a Frome theatre, it wasn't the first visit to a Frome soiree - that was to a concert at Cheese and Grain (http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/) where we saw the Animals, Spencer Davis and the Troggs (with Reg Presley RIP).


This has given us a taste 'for' Frome - upcoming events include: Reginald D Hunter (Merlin) on 18th April 2017 (sold out unfortunately); Al Stewart (Cheese & Grain but more than a tad expensive at £32) on 13th May 2017; an evening with Pam Ayres (Memorial Theatre) on 19th May 2017 and Frome Gin Festival on 19th & 20th May 2017 (Cheese & Grain - maybe combine with Pam Ayres - any volunteers for the driving?).

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