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The Archers in Fact and Fiction

Academic Analyses of Life in Rural Borsetshire

Edited By Cara Courage, Nicola Headlam and Peter Matthews

If you have ever wondered about the ethical implications of Dr Richard Locke’s affair with Shula Hebden Lloyd, or whether the ergonomic design of tractor seats could have prevented Tony Archer from getting a bad back, then this book is for you. Leading academics from across the United Kingdom use storylines from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers to examine life in rural Borsetshire, bringing their academic research to new audiences. Is Lynda Snell a middleclass warrior? Can Rob Titchener be compared to Iago? The irreverent but thought-provoking contributions
will have you laughing and thinking.
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Lynda Snell, Class Warrior: Social Class and Community Activism in Rural Borsetshire (Peter Matthews)

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PETER MATTHEWS

Lynda Snell, Class Warrior: Social Class and Community Activism in Rural Borsetshire

New residents always cause upset in rural Borsetshire. Most recently we have: Rob Titchener (the less said about him the better); PC Harrison Burns causing a stir among the women; and Justin Elliott of Damara Capital, the mastermind behind Route B, the road that almost saw the Archers leaving Bridge Farm, and scourge of Lynda Snell and the ‘Boudicca of Borsetshire’ Jennifer Aldridge, as they fought to save the Am Vale. Residents of Ambridge know that Lynda Snell is a relative newcomer herself, compared to the centuries of history of the Archer and Grundy clans. She and her husband Robert recently commemorated their thirty years in the village with the building of a shepherd’s hut. As such, Lynda and Robert represent a key pattern that has marked the British countryside in the post-war years – the in-migration of commuters and retirees into more rural locations from the suburbs of larger towns and cities. There is an extensive literature on ‘rural gentrification’ and the impact of in-movers such as the Snells. This chapter rather concentrates on the impact of these in-movers on what we might term the civic and associational life of the Ambridge: the Parish Council, the annual Christmas shows and all the collective actions that helped shape the place and community.

Community Activism as Classed Practice

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