An exciting, new story gathering project is taking place in Writhlington! The project is the idea of Writhlington resident Roger Wiltshire.

“I’ve lived in Writhlington for about twenty years” Roger, who writes and performs under the name ‘Drift Snowbarger’, explained.

“You can drive through Midsomer Norton into Radstock and up the Frome Road to Writhlington with barely a break in housing and buildings, it is easy to mistake the area as one, continuing sprawl – but this is not how the residents of Writhlington see things.

“We want to capture some of the unique history and identity of Writhlington. We want to gather peoples own, personal stories and memories of living and working in Writhlington. If permission is given to build a housing development around Writhlington, there is a danger the village will be swamped, and these stories and history lost”.

People’s stories will be recorded and used as an aural (listening) exhibition, with a soundtrack by composer and multi-instrumentalist, Bethany Ley. The stories will also be published in a booklet, with photos people are happy to share. The project is being funded with a grant from Radstock Town Council, led by Rowan Fae, Cultural Programme Director, with out which none of this would be happening.

A ‘drop in’ event is taking place in Writhlington Village Hall, between 7 and 9pm, Wednesday, 21st February. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about the project over tea and biscuits – and hopefully volunteer to have their stories recorded.

If you would like to take part in the project or would like more information, come along to the drop-in session or contact by email: [email protected] or phone Roger on 07791423755.