My name is Caroline Ockwell and I am the Secretary of the Alfred Williams Heritage Society. We were formed in Swindon in 2009 to promote the life and works of local author and poet, Alfred Williams (1877 to 1930), known as the Hammerman Poet. In 1913 Alfred Williams (AW) published his book entitled “Villages of the White Horse” where AW describes the villages/hamlets situated in the beautiful Vale of the White Horse and some of the characters living there, producing an excellent account of life in the Vale exactly a century ago.
We are celebrating the book’s centenary by holding an event at the Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall in Uffington on the afternoon of Sunday 19 May 2013 and we should be very grateful if you would be willing to spread the word about the celebrations through your Parish Councils. The celebrations will include short readings about each of the locations mentioned in the book and we would be interested to hear from anyone from any of those places who is willing to deliver the reading for their particular village/hamlet. The places featured in the book are as follows:
Bassett Down, Wroughton, Burderop, Hodson, Chiseldon, Badbury, Liddington Hill, Wanborough, Hinton Parva, Bishopstone, Idstone, Bourton, Aldbourne, Baydon, Ashbury, Kingstone Winslow, Compton Beauchamp, Wayland’s Smithy, Knighton, Woolstone, Uffington, Kingston Lisle and White Horse Hill.