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‘And Grandsire Went Wrong’ is a play written by local author Angela Hodges, originally devised for radio but currently being updated for the stage. The play’s plot centres on a group of present day bell ringers who meet weekly in the church at Stoke-sub-Hamdon for bell ringing practice and the discovery by one of their members, of a set of initials ‘GR’, carved into the stone of the bell tower. This discovery sparks an investigation by ‘Tricia’ who manages to find out that mystery initials belonged to a local resident, George Ralph who lived in the village in the early twentieth century. The story then unfolds into one that through the telling of George’s story of growing up in Stoke, then going off to the Battle of the Somme in the Great War as a young man, cleverly links the present day bell ringers to the ghosts of the past, in more ways than they had ever imagined!

An enthusiastic group of local residents intend to take a proposal forward to the wider village community, to stage a production of  ‘And Grandsire Went Wrong’ in the summer of 2016. Ideally the event would take place on the first weekend of July, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

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