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Poundbury: an experiment in New Urbanism

                                 strategy  in  1987,  with  an   a shared space for pedestrians   which employs 100 people and,  and based on early designs, in      BRITISH HERITAGE
                                 allocation of 400 acres of land   and vehicles, resulting in very   according to some, has created   particular the one at Tetbury.
                                 owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.  few accidents.      too much HGV traffic. In fact   For this Trust member it was
                                 It has been an urban rather than   The job of designing the   30% of the population work in   a very interesting and informative
                                 suburban development with a   overall plan for Poundbury was   Poundbury itself.  talk, which gave the lie to the
                                 hierarchy of buildings in a town-  given by Prince Charles to Leon   It is not surprising given the   preconceptions and prejudices
                                 scape, with green spaces integrated   Krier,  the  neo-traditional  Prince’s interest in all things green   he held on the subject of
                                 within the built environment.   architect and urban planner from   that the concept of sustainable   Poundbury. The Trust is to be
                                    It has come in for much   Luxembourg, who is known as   development is built in. Anaerobic   congratulated  on  the  quality
                                 criticism from many; being   a representative of New Urbanism,  digestion is used to make gas,  and the variety of the talks it
                                 called “a cottagey slum”, and   and whose ideas are epitomised in   with ecohomes and sustainable   has arranged for its members
                                 “fake, heartless, authoritarian   his 2009 book, The Architecture   transport  both  encouraged.  over the past few years.
                                 and grimly cute”; loathed by many   of Community.    Residents run many of the                TERRY BROOKS  The Octagon Café
                                 modernists for its retrospective   It  consists  of  35%  social   facilities through management
                                 and traditional style. A consultancy   housing, both housing association   companies, and three house
                                 on development for the Prince of   rentals and shared ownership   builders negotiate for the                                        LUCY MELFORD
      The Whistling Witch        Wales told him it would not work.  properties, integrated into the   available plots of building land.
      The latest in the series of winter   Mr Conibear reminded us that   whole with a planned population   Poundbury seeks to facilitate
      talks organised by the Trust for   the Prince made few friends in the   of 6,000 in 2,500 homes when   rather than create community
      members took place in December   world of architecture with his   it is completed in 2025. Social   and the mixture of development
      in the Henrietta Barnett School   1984 RIBA speech denouncing   housing,  private  housing,  in its different parts helps to
      Hall. The Trust Chairman, Richard   the  proposed  extension  to  the   business and retail property are   foster this. In fact it is neither a
      Wiseman, introduced the speaker   National Gallery as being “like   freely mixed.  village nor a town but is actually
      for the evening, Simon Conibear,  a monstrous carbuncle”,  and   At present there are 185   a part of Dorchester itself, being
      former Estate Director for the   his 1989 BBC documentary ‘A   businesses in Poundbury of   effectively an urban extension.
      Duchy of Cornwall in Dorset, and   Vision of Britain’.   varying sizes from small artisan   It does have a community centre
      now Poundbury Development     Nevertheless  for  many  or boutique enterprises to the   in its market hall, Brownsword
      Consultant.                Poundbury is seen as a worthy   biggest firm, Dorset Cereals,  Hall, designed by John Simpson   Browhsword Hall
         He started by commenting   success, creating  a sense  of
      that while the Garden City   space and relating to its locality
      movement and the Suburb can be   using materials and styles of                    Proms at St Jude’s 2018
      seen as an escape from urbanism,  Dorsetshire. It consists of separate
      Poundbury is its antithesis, an   developments, not suburbs, with   There is competition for the top   celebrated soloists: American   BUT THERE’S MORE!   providing first-class entertainment,
      escape to urbanism. He felt   the concept of walkability built   billing at this year’s Proms at St   bass-baritone Lawson Anderson   The fantastic Charles Court Opera   but it is nice to know too that it
      Poundbury  has  relevance  for   in. So shops, pubs and separate   Jude’s Festival in June. The Aurora   plays the title role this year, with   is bringing Gilbert & Sullivan’s   is run almost entirely by
      the future but is also relevant   green spaces exist within each   Orchestra on the first night,  British baritone James Newby as   HMS Pinafore. Jacqui Dankworth   volunteers, with all the surplus
      for development now.       area. Planning is around people   Nevill Holt Opera performing   Count Almaviva and soprano   and Counterpoise present a   going to charity.
         Dorsetshire allowed for the   not cars. The buildings dominate   The Marriage of Figaro, and the   Aoife Miskelly as Susanna.  jazz-infused evening of Great   In  addition,  there  are  free
      creation of Poundbury to go   the highway rather than vice versa   amazingly talented Kanneh-Mason   The remarkable young cellist,  American Songbook hits.   lunchtime concerts and some
      ahead as part of its development   with the idea of the roads being   Piano Trio are all expected to   Sheku Kanneh-Mason, has seen   The Septura Brass Septet –  special events for children and
                                                            sell out.                 his star soar since becoming   representing a new generation   families. The festival also offers
                                                                                      BBC Young Musician of the Year
                                                              “We have an embarrassment
                 WORDSEARCH                                 of riches,” said Proms spokesman,  in 2016, and leads his talented   of top British brass musicians –  Heritage Walks, a two-day Literary
                                                                                                                 will give refreshing interpretations
                                                                                                                                            Festival and, for the first time this
                                                            Ron Finlay, “but so much the   brother and sister on violin and   of  music  by  Prokofiev,  Handel   year, a stand-up comedy night.
       In the first Wordsearch of 2018 we have included 20 stage and   better for those who are able to   piano respectively. Their Proms   and Stravinsky. And there’s a   Proms runs from June 23 to
        film musicals. One of them is highlighted to start you off but   get tickets.”  programme will include trios by   celebration of Nobel laureate   July 1, at St Jude’s church. Tickets
        please don’t count it in your total! Names may be read in all   One of Europe’s leading   Beethoven and Brahms.  Bob Dylan for the baby boomers   go on sale from April, but you can
        directions, straight or diagonally. Please send your entries by   chamber orchestras, Aurora   The renowned Academy of   among us.  get priority booking earlier by
        email to with your name and contact   Orchestra is committed to   Ancient  Music,  with  a  Not only is Proms at St Jude’s   becoming a Friend. More details
        details. The closing date is March 17. All correct entries go into a
        draw to win a £20 voucher from our independent local shop   challenging expectations,  and   programme including Vivaldi   a wonderful community event   at
       Joseph’s Bookstore. Good luck!                       its  Mozart  evening  can  be   and Handel, and the Covent
                                                            counted on to inspire, whatever   Garden Chamber Orchestra, with
        Y  M  M  O  T  M  Z  V  O  H  S  H  X  R       T    your background.          award-winning, local mezzo-
                                                               Nevill Holt has become a   soprano, Grace Durham, complete
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        S   B  O  A  N  U  D  T  G  Y  R  N  E  Q  G        its semi-staged productions and   musicians at the Festival.
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                                                            Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio
                The wordsearch prize is sponsored by
                                                              A Totally Preposterous

                                                              Parson at Burgh House

                                                            Some readers will remember that   Roman Catholic, Waugh ridiculed
                                                            Alan Walker’s book,  A Totally   Bourchier, calling him a “totally
           Monthly events: jewish studies, scientific and jazz   Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh   preposterous parson.”
        evenings plus authors at Joseph’s Bookstore and Cafe Also.  and Basil Bourchier, was reviewed   This small exhibition curated
          E-mail to join mail list -  by Stephen James in Suburb   by Reverend Alan Walker, seeks
            1257 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune - 8731 7575  News Autumn 2016 No 128.   to reconsider their relationship
                                                            There is now to be an exhibition   and rediscover a local clergyman
      The answers to the last issue’s motorcycle manufacturers  Wordsearch   on the subject of the book at   who performed on the national
      were as follows: Aprilia, Benelli, BMW, Buell, Cobra, Dodge, Ducati,   Burgh House in Hampstead   stage. There is full information
                                                            from Wednesday, March 14 to
      Honda, Hyosung, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Kymco, Norton, Piaggio,   Sunday, June 27.
      Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.      Evelyn Waugh, the eminent
                       DID YOU KNOW…?
      • In 2003, Lois Pryce left her job at the BBC and went on a 10 months   twentieth century writer, grew
                                                            up in North End Road, on the
      solo motorcycle journey from Alaska to Ushuaia in Argentina. She   boundary between Golders Green
      wrote about her adventures in her witty book Lois on the Loose.
      • According to the UK Department for Transport, in 2016 only 1,248   and Hampstead. With his father,
      motorcycles were registered in the UK compared to 30,850 cars.  the publisher Arthur Waugh, he
                                                            attended the newly opened
      • The first motorbike was built in Germany in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler   church of St Jude-on-the-Hill,
      and Wilhelm Maybach. It was called a Reitwagen (riding car) and it was   Hampstead Garden Suburb, and
      the first gas powered vehicle, a precursor to the current day automobile.
                                                            came under the influence of its
      Mrs Chris Salter from Temple Fortune is the winner of the Joseph’s   flamboyant and outspoken young
      Bookstore £20 voucher: congratulations! Thank you also to all of   vicar, Basil Bourchier. In later
      you who also sent your answers, keep participating!   life, and after he had become a
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