Happy St Ealdhelm’s Day 2020

Today is the feast day of St Ealdhelm, also known as Wessex Day. It is customary for us to show pictures of those local authorities who have flown the flag of Wessex outside their offices, but of course, council offices are all closed this year.

So instead, here's a picture of some Crimson Cloud Hawthorn, a cultivated variety of Crataegus monogyna biflora, or Glastonbury Thorn, whose colours approximate those of the flag. The Society regards the Hawthorn, or Mayflower, as the Wessex flower par excellence, due to its association with Glastonbury and the fact that it blooms around this time of year. Some people regard the Crimson Cloud variety as a bit gaudy, but personally, I rather like the idea of a red and gold (well, OK, hot pink and pale yellow) hawthorn.

BBC Introducing in Wessex and Cornwall 26.03.2019

This may be our last Spotify playlist. The BBC has said that the ability to save tracks from their radio shows and export them to Spotify will cease at the end of this month, but didn't specify an exact date. We may get one next week as well, but if not, you can at least enjoy this one.