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A snapshot of our projects and past events...

Henry Irwin Jenkinson


In 2020 I began to researched the life and work of my ancestor Henry Irwin Jenkinson, mountaineer, writer of guide books and champion of the right to roam movement. He took a leading role in the Keswick trespasses of 1887, and most notably the Latrigg fell trespass which led to a court case that restored public access to this hill top in perpetuity. His full biography and an account of the Keswick trespasses are published as a blog on this site. a booklet 'The Latrigg Fell Mass Trespass' printed in 2023, is available through our online shop.

REBELLIOUS WOMEN was an annual event, held in the spring, that had four outings from 2016-2019.

 Rebellious Women: an afternoon of singing,  theatre, poetry, art, discussion and much more to  celebrate inspirational women who have courageously stood up for social justice and political reform.










Over the past 4 years our guest speakers have been:

-Lindsey German, one of the convenors  of the Stop the War Coalition who talked about women and the peace movement.

-Fatima Manji, Channel 4 journalist and newsreader discussed the role of women in journalism.

-Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor film producer and play write  talked about her work and inspirations.


Journeymen Theatre productions have told the story of Ada Salter, Fodo Higginson has performed 'Women's songs of protest and social conscience', Rose Drew performance poet shared some of her work with us and Jane Mckell from AsOne Theatre Company has appeared as Dr Marie Stopes who gave  a lecture to 'the Rebellious Women of Poole'.

The wonderful Rebellious Women scratch choir open the event under the direction of vocal coach Ali Sharpe .

There was a chance to join in by having a spot in the open mic section and by adding a name to our Rebellious Women collage.

Go to our gallery to see the photos

"What a beautiful, inspiring and educational afternoon. I'm so glad I came. Thank you." One of many comments posted in our feedback book on the day.

a work in progress...

The Clubmen consisted of gents, yeomen, ministers, landworkers, tradesmen and many like minded demanding an end to the bloody civil war that saw a plundering of land and property by Royalist and Parliamentarian soldiers alike. They were the third force in the English Revolution, belittled by both sides.

Their story needs to be told.


Clubmen1645 is a work in progress. New information is being found which we are sharing through blogs, social media, videos and artwork. 

The Clubmen1645 project has inspired two public events:

We met at Badbury Rings, Dorset in May 2016  to hear,  for the first time since 1645 when 4000 people gathered to listen to, the reading by lawyer Thomas Young of 'The Desires and Resolutions' of the Dorset and Wiltshire Clubmen. This was a collaboration with the Wimborne Literary Festival, National Trust and English Civil War Society.

In 2023 the Wimborne Community Theatre with Millstream Theatre created a 10 minute play about the Dorset Clubmen entitled 'Almost Forgotten'. Commissioned by Emerald Ant, it was performed four times over two nights at the Glow Badbury event in the autumn. Haydn was the historical advisor and he and Sheila joined the ensemble.


To find out more about the Dorset Clubmen go to where there is also a link to short videos produced by Retro It Ain't!



A Celebration of our street trees


On a September afternoon in 2018 we gathered at the bandstand in Fisherman's Walk, Southbourne, Dorset to share our love of urban trees.

We love street trees logo woodland trust

We were joined by author of Britain's Tree Story & World Tree Story, Julian Hight who talked about his passion for ancient and historic trees which has taken him all over the world. He brought with him a sappling of a Selwood Oak for us to plant locally. By December 2023 it was big enough to put in a public space, so through Bournemouth Parks in Mind, we planted the oak in Shelley Park, Boscombe, Dorset.

Local artist, oil painter Kate Marr showcased her latest work 'Rheinfield Walk, New Forest'...


Event organised in association with the Woodland Trust 

We  also had on display a copy of the Woodland Trust's 2017 'Charter for Trees, Woods and People'.  

See our gallery for more pictures from the day.

During the afternoon we created a banner with messages about why we love, value and wish to keep safe our urban trees.

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Sheila and Haydn in Shelley Park December 2023

Tree planted in Shelley Park, Boscombe

On the 25th November 2017 we planted a tree in Shelley Park Boscombe

to mark the  800th anniversary of the 'Charter of the Forest' and to

celebrate the creation of a new 'Charter for Trees, Woods & People' by 

The Woodland Trust. We planted the tree, a Scots Pine during The

Tree Council's National Tree Week. You can see some photos from the

day in our gallery and here's a link to a short video:

The Charter of the Forest issued on 6th November 1217 restored the right of access by commoners to the land that was once theirs to use, not only as livelihood but also subsistence.


The Woodland Trust's Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the

principles for a society in which people & trees can stand stronger together.

For more info: and


Thank you to the Bournemouth Parks Department for their support with this project & to everyone who joined us on the day & helped put the tree in the ground & a BIG THANK YOU to all who contributed toward the cost of the brass plaque. 

We  have been able to put our events on due to the kind and generous support of our sponsors  and friends who have given their time for free and/or donated materials and money, so THANK YOU.

If you would like to contribute to Retro IT Ain't! you can do so by  clicking on the link below:

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