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.
The webpage 'Ukraine - 2022' (Ukraine - 2022) gives some local history of Ukrainians in the Corsham area after WWII. It shows current initiatives (emails) from myself and Stefan Barbaruk (one of the Corsham Ukrainians) in trying to get national and local government to awake from their slumber and also recites some of Henry Marsh's (a notable neurosurgeon) Times2 article from 10th March 2022.
Seventy-five years on and it's deja vu with Ukraine under bombardment from a vicious, murderous, lying tyrant. Thousands are dead after just two weeks of Putin's onslaught which continues as I write (on 15th March 2022). While the Internet remains up in Ukraine, Stefan's relatives in the west of the country are keeping him abreast of the situation. Stefan has offered accommodation should they come to a decision to evacuate and make the journey across Europe. There is also a local initiative here in Rudloe to use Rudloe Community Centre as a 'hub' for refugees - this substantial, at present unused, building could provide (temporary) accommodation, a canteen and playspace. It has a kitchen and toilet facilities (of course) but would probably need showers installed which, in terms of the magnitude of the current crises (plural, remember we have spent £billions on Covid), is small potatoes. Empty accommodation in GreenSquareAccord's housing stock on Rudloe Estate could also be used to house refugees (according to locals, there are up to ten homes on Rudloe Estate that have been empty since last year) thereby, along with the Community Centre, making a local contribution to this, the most significant catastrophe in Europe since WWII. As Henry Marsh said in his 10th March article: It’s good for the country to rally together and by being hospitable we will all feel better about ourselves. Such an initiative would provide not only vital accommodation and support but would, as Henry Marsh suggests, revitalise the local community (and its Centre) in supporting others.
The 'letters' from Ukraine follow (latest first). Note the irony in the 13th March 2022 letter - "Stay safe":
9th July 2023 email
Dear Stefan and Peter,As we mentioned yesterday, today we are on our trip to Kyiv and the nearby towns that were destroyed by Russian terrorists. We want to show you some photos that we took in Bucha and Hostomel. People in these towns suffered a lot and many civilians were killed here. You can see the attached photo of the memoir wall that is installed in Bucha with the names of civilians that were killed last spring by Russian soldiers. To be honest, we were shocked to see this in reality.Hope that you are well,All the best,Oksana and Anton
Following the widespread attacks (some with hypersonic missiles) on Ukraine on 9th March 2023 which targetted, amongst many others, the western city of Lviv, Stefan Barbaruk forwarded the following 'letter' from his cousin in Lviv.
A January 2023 update following the drone and missile attacks on many cities, including Lviv, over the Christmas period. Once again, this information is from Stefan Barbaruk. On New Year's Eve, Stefan wrote:
I spoke to Oksana and her father two days ago, just after the Russian bombing. They are in the west of Ukraine, close to Lviv, which has not experienced the challenges of the east. Following the recent bombing which has increased from being sporadic, the family are experiencing power cuts of 6 hours on then 3 hours off. Hence, because of the cold weather, they are trying to live in and heat just one room. People are trying to purchase generators where thay can. Having said all that, with the support of the West, they remain extremely positive and confident that the Ukrainian army will succeed in this senseless war.
From a personal point of view, I have found talking to the family, who are in a war zone, from the comfort of our home, quite surreal. What is inspiring is that with all that's going on, they remain so positive and grateful for all the support they are getting from the West.
A December 2022 update (as well as the 3rd December letter below). Some months ago, President Zelensky launched an initiative, called United24, to raise funds for Ukraine. Anyone can donate and if the 'Make a Donation' button is selected, three options are presented for the destination of the contribution, theses are: Defence and Demining, Medical Aid and Rebuild Ukraine. The website is: https: https://u24.gov.ua/ where you may find a message from President Zelensky.
3rd December 2022
22nd March 2022
14th March 2022
13th March 2022