Girl at Crays Hill

Returning to Crays Hill Primary, the School Few People Want to Talk About

This week saw the publication of an extended project on a primary school in Essex. With its austere 1920s red brick design, outdoor playgrounds and dark wooden floor hall, It looks pretty much like any other school. What makes Crays Hill different is that nearly all of its pupils are from the travelling community. As […]

Morris in action

What does the future hold for Morris dancing?

On Wednesday night I had the great honour of joining Chelmsford Morris (the men’s group) to find out what off-season folk dancing looked like. The blinding white suits and buckled waistcoats were nowhere to be seen. Instead, a friendly gaggle of men in jeans and polo shirts were there to greet me. My reason for […]

Copley Woods, Halifax

A place that matters, at least to me

Copley Woods in Halifax is fairly small, often in deep shade and pretty steep. To most eyes it probably isn’t particularly beautiful. But for me, nowhere in the world makes me feel more at home. I have a very personal history with these woods, which at the top are bordered by beautiful giant boulders which […]