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.
Here's the Grimsby fish man, Chris Davies, who we find in Corsham's Royal Oak car park every Tuesday. Who would know that he was the British two-man bobsleigh champion in 1990 and Olympic squad member from 1990 to 1994. Chris competed for Great Britain from 1986 to 1994.
And here we have David Turner of the Shoe Box (shoe repairs/key cutting) in Sheldon Road, Chippenham. According to many, David was the best player who never played for England. He played 426 times for Hampshire in the 60s, 70s and 80s usually at no. 3 and notably in the 1970s when Barry Richards and Gordon Greenidge were openers and Hampshire won the County Championship (1973) for only the second time. David also played for Western Province (South Africa) in season 1977/78.
David scored 19,000 runs during his first-class career and made 1,000 runs in a season on nine occasions. He was also incredibly fleet of foot and was a marvellous performer in the field. Further information may be found on Cricinfo here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/21617.html
Sidney Alford, 11th January 1935 - 27th January 2021. The photo below shows the knocker on Sidney's front door in Pickwick and the obituary of this remarkable man, from the Times of 20th February 2021, is further below.
23rd February 2021 - there was a further piece on Sidney in the column Lives Remembered in today's Times. This was from former Chippenham MP Sir Richard Needham (blimey, he is still with us; I'll never forget his description "That cow!" of Margaret Thatcher). Sir Richard writes:
'Sidney Alford was one of the most engaging and eccentric of my constituents. He was always in trouble with the authorities. Once, after I had taken him to see David Trefgarne, an MoD minister, to try to help procure him royalties for an invention the MoD were threatening to requisition, quite wrongly, without proper compensation, he asked me to dinner at his home. As we stood in front of his fireplace, I noticed two attractive figurines on his mantel piece. I was about to pick one up when he said: "Don't touch that for God's sake. It's made out of Semtex in case the authorities come round looking for explosives I need for my experiments!"'.