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April James
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 2nd June 2022

April James joined the Friends in 2021 and provides minute-taking support to the Trustees at their regular meetings. I...

Mike Montagu
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 6th April 2022

Mike Montagu is the Host & Historian at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire where he was until very recently Bursar for over...

Julie Holland
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 31st January 2022

It was a lucky day for the Friends when Julie joined us! Here she describes the surprise gift which turned into years of...

Anthony Oliver St.John
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 26th November 2021

My first encounter with Lydiard House and Park was in the summer of 1965 when one Saturday afternoon my father announced...

Jo Kelleher
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 19th October 2021

After some years of commuting within my love triangle, Bournemouth being home, Bristol for work and Swindon to visit my...

Chris Pocock
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 3rd August 2021

‘Living in Shaw as a boy in the 1960’s Lydiard Park was our playground, being only about five fields away.  We messed...

Per-Axel Warensjo
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 5th July 2021

Friends trustee Per- Axel Warensjo recounts, ‘My family and I moved permanently to Swindon from Sweden in January 1992. I...

Tania O’Halloran
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 27th April 2021

‘For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by graveyards and cemeteries’ says Tania O’Halloran. ‘ They...

Bruce Hedge
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 6th April 2021

From English Heritage outreach programmes to the restoration of the parkland and a paranormal experiment, Bruce Hedge has...

Sue Gray
Category: Friends of the Month Published on: 1st March 2021

Since supporting the Friends successful campaign to protect Lydiard House and Park from outsourcing in 2016/17, art lover...