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Shades of Green

Shades of Green

Tuesday 17 May 2022

From Gordon Ridgewell… “A short walk around the village on a lovely spring afternoon took me by the cattle grazing in the water meadows near the River Cam. “It’s just amazing how many shades of green are showing. This gives me more pleasure than jetting off to some Greek island and lying on a scorched beach […] Read more >

Every cloud has a silver lining (usually!)

Every cloud has a silver lining (usually!)

Saturday 14 May 2022

A lovely image from photographer Gordon Ridgewell… but the back story is less enchanting… “The storm clouds gather over the mill and the water meadows are waiting but still no rain. It has been very dry over this part of Essex and the crops in the fields are beginning to show the lack of water. Read more >

Can an entire village be decarbonised? Trial scheme at Littlebury might give us the answer

Can an entire village be decarbonised? Trial scheme at Littlebury might give us the answer

Thursday 5 May 2022

Littlebury’s favourite son, Gordon Ridgewell, sends us the following tale from the village, where a pilot energy scheme is being trialled… What would be needed to decarbonise a whole village? This is the question it is hoped will be answered by a project taking place in Littlebury. Littlebury Parish Council has been asked by Essex […] Read more >

Uttlesford council blocks plan for solar farm

Uttlesford council blocks plan for solar farm

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Uttlesford District Council has refused permission for a solar farm that would have crossed into another local authority area. The scheme, proposed by Endurance Energy, would have covered 115 hectares near Bishop’s Stortford in a development called Wickham Hall Solar Farm straddling Uttlesford and East Herts district councils. However, on Wednesday, April 13, Uttlesford District […] Read more >

Gordon gives us a taste of spring from Newport

Gordon gives us a taste of spring from Newport

Monday 11 April 2022

We haven’t been treated to a Gordon Ridgewell picture for a while, so let’s put that little anomaly to rest… He tells us: “I went to Newport church yesterday to photograph a Role of Honour they had found and Imperial War Museums Memorials asked if I could get a picture. “After leaving the church I […] Read more >

Concerns over wildlife impact, road safety and nearby power lines sink plans for solar farm

Concerns over wildlife impact, road safety and nearby power lines sink plans for solar farm

Thursday 10 February 2022

So they can be stopped… Plans for a solar farm to be built between Manuden and Berden, on the Essex-Hertfordshire border, have been blocked by Uttlesford District Council. Low Carbon Solar Park 6 had applied to both East Herts and Uttlesford district councils for permission to develop its Pelham Spring solar park but failed to […] Read more >

Plough Sunday is alive and well in Thaxted!

Plough Sunday is alive and well in Thaxted!

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Always first to the draw, we gave you plenty of advance notice of Thaxted’s Plough Sunday service… and what an event it was, as our star man Gordon Ridgewell demonstrates with these photographs. He tells us the story: “It wasn’t the Red Arrows attracting the crowds at Thaxted on Sunday but a Tractor Drive-By. “Some […] Read more >

Moon musings

Moon musings

Monday 17 January 2022

Nothing we can add to Gordon Ridgewell’s ponderings… “Look at the size of that! “When I pulled back the curtains this morning, I just had to get my camera. The distance of the moon from Earth is currently 404,516 kilometres. It was 07.58 and when I checked on sunrise time it is as exactly the […] Read more >

Deer, deer! Gordon takes his photographic opportunity

Deer, deer! Gordon takes his photographic opportunity

Monday 3 January 2022

Does anything escape the magic eye of Gordon Ridgewell? He shares with us: “I had a ride round the lanes at Littlebury Green and Strethall this morning and a few deer ran across the road, so I stopped and opened the car window. “About 30 of them were gathered just in the field, so I […] Read more >

Blooming roses must mean… Happy New Year!

Blooming roses must mean… Happy New Year!

Saturday 1 January 2022

These are of course strange days… in so many ways. Photographer Gordon Ridgewell took a walk round his Littlebury garden and saw these roses in bloom – we’re talking December 30! It’s probably fair to say that most of us would welcome a return to some kind of normality in 2022. Happy New Year from […] Read more >