WANTED: Your creative writing for Ripples Summer edition

We’re planning a larger July/August edition to celebrate good writing by Ripples readers. We are looking for short stories, essays and poems. No more than 2,000 words, but shorter is preferred.

We will need your contribution in writing, preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline is Friday 3rd June (a week ahead of our regular copy deadline).

Tell us your name, approximate age (!), the town or village where you live in the Ripples distribution area, and a little about why you wrote it.

We will publish as many as we think are suitable and that we can fit in the enlarged magazine.

Last summer, we appealed for scripts suitable for radio dramas. Due to a delay caused by assisting to relocate the community radio station in Swindon, we are getting many of these underway now.



The trouble with piles

‘The contractor has driven the piles in the wrong place,’ my wife announced after what had evidently been a tough day in the office. ‘Well surely they’ll just have to move them,’ my son replied. Unfortunately, in civil engineering, once you’ve got piles and they’re in the wrong place then you’re pretty much stuck with them.

The best analogy I can think of in life is having a child. It’s a lifetime commitment. However, we may face difficult challenges but many are capable of being changed, if we really want to change them. I am reminded of the addict’s prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

So what a joy it was to receive an out-of-the-box contribution this month. An advertiser wrote explaining how one of her clients is making big changes in her life. They even ended up tackling the housework together as part of the ‘get fit’ action plan.

Sometimes we need someone else to help us understand the need for change and to expand our vision of what is possible. Recently, Sir George Martin, the ‘fifth’ Beatle, passed away in Coleshill, just outside the Ripples border. By the time they’d met George, The Beatles had been turned down by practically every record label. But George saw their potential and guided them to realise their ambitions. I have fond memories of visiting the Martin’s garden and Sir George collecting the pennies at the gate for the National Garden Scheme and Lady Martin serving teas. What a treasure we have lost.

And about the piles? Well, they redesigned the basement to work with the out-of-place piles. What did you think I was going to write about?


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