Neighbourhood – A Year’s Life in and About an English Village


Read by Steve C

(4.6 stars; 5 reviews)

If you love the quiet of the country - the real quiet which is not silence at all, but the blending of a myriad scarce-perceptible sounds you will get it in Windlecombe, year in and year out. For how many ages a human settlement has existed in this wooded, sun-flooded cleft of the Downs, it is impossible to hazard a guess. Windlecombe is mentioned in Domesday, but the stones of the old church proclaim it as belonging to times more distant still. Neighbourhood, the daily interchange of thought and word and kindly deed, is a necessity for all healthy human life, and the natural medium of all true advancement. And nowhere will you find it of such sturdy growth, rooted in such nourishing, yet temperate soil, than in the villages of modern England. (From the Introduction of Neighbourhood – Tickner Edwardes)
Although the village of Windlecombe is itself fictitious, it is based on the tiny West Sussex village of Burpham – a place that Tickner Edwardes lived in for a time before WWI. He was to return in 1927, holding the post of vicar at St. Mary’s parish church until his retirement in 1935 and continued to reside there until his death in 1944. Neighbourhood chronicles a number of notable events in Windlecombe (including the annual cricket match against Stavisham - their arch rivals!) and experiences of some of the distinctive characters within this Downland village. - Summary by Steve C (9 hr 49 min)

Chapters

Introduction 10:33 Read by Steve C
Chapter 1 - January - Part 1 24:41 Read by Steve C
Chapter 1 - January - Part 2 25:24 Read by Steve C
Chapter 2 - February - Part 1 28:30 Read by Steve C
Chapter 2 - February - Part 2 25:07 Read by Steve C
Chapter 3 - March - Part 1 23:35 Read by Steve C
Chapter 3 - March - Part 2 27:37 Read by Steve C
Chapter 4 - April - Part 1 21:03 Read by Steve C
Chapter 4 - April - Part 2 21:24 Read by Steve C
Chapter 5 - May - Part 1 25:30 Read by Steve C
Chapter 5 - May - Part 2 28:52 Read by Steve C
Chapter 6 - June - Part 1 26:35 Read by Steve C
Chapter 6 - June - Part 2 27:40 Read by Steve C
Chapter 7 - July - Part 1 27:11 Read by Steve C
Chapter 7 - July - Part 2 26:33 Read by Steve C
Chapter 8 - August - Part 1 17:25 Read by Steve C
Chapter 8 - August - Part 2 22:03 Read by Steve C
Chapter 9 - September - Part 1 21:26 Read by Steve C
Chapter 9 - September - Part 2 24:40 Read by Steve C
Chapter 10 - October - Part 1 22:52 Read by Steve C
Chapter 10 - October - Part 2 19:40 Read by Steve C
Chapter 11 - November - Part 1 23:35 Read by Steve C
Chapter 11 - November - Part 2 25:11 Read by Steve C
Chapter 12 - December - Part 1 20:15 Read by Steve C
Chapter 12 - December - Part 2 21:52 Read by Steve C

Reviews

A Vanished World


(5 stars)

So many interesting entries in the calendar contained in this book. Some resemble my farm childhood of 60 years ago. Many can only be mourned; the vanished abundance and variety of nature, for example. Then, the things that we have had good riddance of - the restricted drudgery of women's lives and the ever present and ubiquitous pipe of tobacco! Thanks are due to the reader who brought the words to Life. This West Country listener enjoyed hearing his East Country accent too.


(4.5 stars)

Pleasant description of village life nicely read !