Category Archives: Surrey Local History

Lady Henry Somerset-inspired short historical romance in My Weekly magazine

Researching and writing the amazing life and work of Lady Henry Somerset has inspired me to do many things – not least of which was writing a short story entitled “Love Amongst the Lavender”, which has been published this week … Continue reading

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Creativity is a state of mind

Creating something of beauty, or something better than you imagined yourself capable of creating, is extremely uplifting. I speak from personal experience here, having recently started art classes with The Seasons Art Class. I dropped art at school when just … Continue reading

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I don’t believe in ghosts – a poem inspired by the work of Frank Dickinson, an arts and crafts pioneer who built his own home, Little Holland House in Carlshalton, Surrey

I don’t believe in ghosts, But there’s a spirit within this place. A sense of purpose, of achievement. Every beam, every tile A testimony to toil and sweat; To a genius with vision And the will to craft new designs, … Continue reading

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Talks in 2012

I enjoy giving talks about Lady Henry Somerset and her work, so if you belong to a group which is looking for speakers, please get in touch. Some forthcoming talks include: Saturday 25th February 2.30pm at Reigate Priory Museum Society, … Continue reading

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TODAY’S PROBLEMS WITH DRINK AND DRUG ABUSE ARE NOT NEW

With the recent death of Amy Winehouse and the acknowledgement (somewhat belatedly) that liver problems amongst the 20 and 30 year olds are on the increase, we must ask ourselves whether society has really learnt anything over the last 120 … Continue reading

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Review of A Talent for Humanity and Duxhurst – Surrey’s Lost Village

Received from Suzanne Harrison, Reigate: “I read Ros Black’s book and was as intrigued as the author about the incredible life of Lady Henry Somerset and the village she created for women with alcohol problems, and disadvantaged children. Her book … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and St Rita, patron of the impossibles

Figure of St Rita from Lady Henry Somerset’s Duxhurst Cottage Amongst all the religious imagery Lady Henry Somerset had in The Cottage, her home in the Duxhurst village, was a small figure of St Rita – very appropriately the Patron … Continue reading

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