Behind the Scenes for 23rd -29th September 2018


My mother died this week, which sadly puts a downer on some of the posts, but Julia kept me upbeat when filming in Tottington Woods.

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A Chat with the Friends of Centurion Way (audio podcast)


Centurion Way is a cycle route between Chichester and West Dean following the line of part of the disused Chichester to Midhurst Railway. A tarmacked path that enabling all members of the public access, not only on bikes but disability scooters, to use it.

The path is under threat. I wanted to find out more and spoke to the Friends of Centurion Way. They are a community group that Intend to ‘Enhance and Preserve the Path for Everyone’.

The ‘Friends’ website says: The future of Centurion Way is uncertain. The southern end is at risk from a link road into the Whitehouse Farm development. Draft plans that the Developer has kindly shared with us show the path being routed down a long detour to make room for sports pitches on the west side of Centurion Way. A small diversion would be acceptable, but a major re-routing would not.

Find out more here: http://www.centurionway.org.uk

Bald Explorer Meets John Eaton in Ashurst


Today I am in Ashurst in West Sussex. It’s a small village north of Worthing and close to Steyning. I am at the beautiful church there to meet John Eaton, 91, who has lived in the village all his life. I am curious to learn his memories of village life and how he made national headline news.

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The Baronet of Stopham Church in West Sussex


I am privileged to meet Sir Brain Barttelot, the Baronet of Stopham in today’s video. He takes me around the beautiful Saxon church of Stopham, near Pulborough in West Sussex. The Barttelot family can trace their lineage back to Norman times and before to the original Stopham family. Much of their history us recorded in the unique collection of brasses displayed in the church.

The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin are 11th-century Saxon or Saxo-Norman, and the remainder of the building is 12th-century Norman. New windows were inserted in the chancel in the 13th century and in the nave in the 14th century. The west tower was rebuilt about 1600.

Colonel Sir Brian Barttelot Bt OBE DL is the fifth Baronet, a Colonel in the Coldstream Guards and a Vice-President of the Standing Council of the Baronetage.

Join us as we explore this charming place of worship.

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Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match – HEDGELAYING


Hedgelaying is a country skill practiced mainly in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with many regional variations in style and technique. Hedgelaying is the process of bending and partially cutting through the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees near ground level and arching the stems without breaking them, so they can grow horizontally and be intertwined. Hedgelaying originally developed as a way of containing livestock in fields after the acts of Enclosure which in England began in the 16th century.

I am once again at the West Grinstead Ploughing Match (2018) where numerous rural activities are taking place, hedgelaying among them. Richard Verrall joins me to help me understand this ancient art.My videos are funded 100% by people like you. If you enjoy them, please help me make more:

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Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match: VINTAGE PLOUGHING


The West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society, established in 1871, has been holding shows for over 125 years and is very pro active in promoting the interests of the local farming community.

Today I meet up with Richard Verrall, farmer and woodland owner, who takes me around the ploughing match and explains the old fashion methods of farming early tractors.

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