Remembrance Sunday – for our tomorrow they gave their today

With an estimated 100,000 war memorials in the UK, memorials took place up and down the country on Remembrance Sunday to remember the fallen. In my local village, over 90 villagers gathered round the war memorial to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom. You can view the photos here: Remembrance … Read full article

Commencing a New Photography Project – Norfolk – in Memory of Raine Thompson

Norfolk

Living in rural Cambridgeshire, I have enjoyed visiting places across the county and taking photographs. However, despite living relatively close to Norfolk, I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I’ve rarely visited Norfolk, apart from day trips to Hunstanton and Norwich. Well better late than never! My friends Nick and Raine (shown above) adored the North … Read full article

New FTTP Full-Fibre Broadband Installation Guide

FTTP installation

The introduction of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) – often known as ‘Full-Fibre Broadband’ –  in my local area will kickstart the production of lots of new content on my Increase Broadband Speed website. My new article (below) details what’s involved in an FTTP installation, with lots of photographs. An FTTP installation is usually relatively straightforward and quick, and … Read full article

Gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Broadband Arrives and it’s Fantastic!

New speed

Earlier this week, I reached a very important milestone in my personal 18-year journey towards better broadband, when Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) (also known as ‘Gigabit Broadband’) was installed at my home in rural Cambridgeshire. Every week, I receive many emails through my Increase Broadband Speed website from people living in rural areas across the UK frustrated … Read full article

Photographing the Wedding of Vicky and Matt

Although photography is strictly a hobby for me (as being professional would take out all the fun of photography for me), I’ve ended up photographing a number of weddings over the years for family and friends. I have often complemented the professional photographer by taking candid shots. Recently, my next-door neighbour Mick asked me to … Read full article

Spring Starts as the End of Coronavirus is in Sight

Flower

It definitely feels like spring, with daffodils flowering and temperatures rising. I cannot believe that it is nearly a year since I took photographs of a deserted Spaldwick in lockdown. As shown above, the A14 was empty. View the photos of Spaldwick in spring 2020. One casualty of the last 12 months has been the … Read full article

FTTP Installation Phase Begins in Spaldwick as Gigabit Speeds Near

FTTP installation

In my blog post back in October 2020, I wrote that Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) would be coming to the village of Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire as part of a new demand-led Openreach pilot. Following the excitement of the success of the local campaign, there has been little to see as part of the initial ‘Survey’ phase. The … Read full article

A Showcase of Website Speed For Google Ranking Advantage

Spaldwick website

I am nearing completion of a major redevelopment of the Spaldwick village website, to demonstrate the ‘art of the possible’ in terms of website speed and responsiveness. With Google changing its search engine ranking priorities, the days of slow, bloated websites are thankfully coming to an end. I first launched the website for the Cambridgeshire … Read full article

We Will Remember Them Even With Coronavirus

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the world, England entered its second nationwide lockdown on the 5th November 2020. The lockdown is planned to end on Wednesday 2nd December. Remembrance celebrations across the country were unable to go ahead in their normal form. Here are some photos I took of the war memorial … Read full article

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Coming to Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire as Part of Openreach Pilot

Our latest village broadband campaign – to bring leading-edge broadband capabilities in the form of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to the rural village of Spaldwick in Cambridgeshire – has been successful. Gigabit Broadband, offering speeds up to 910 Mbps, will arrive in 2021! Historically, urban areas have always been favoured when it comes to the latest broadband … Read full article

Celebrating VJ Day with the Sony 135mm GM f1.8 lens

On Saturday 15th August 2020, my daughters shouted that I should look out the window as a convoy of military vehicles were passing – clearly on the way to some VJ Day celebration. I grabbed the Sony A7 III camera (with the Sony 135mm f1.8 GM lens attached) and took some photos of the vehicles … Read full article

Photographing VE Day in Spaldwick

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, VE Day was a somewhat different affair to the one that may have been envisaged many months ago. However, despite the restrictions currently in place, villagers where I live made a tremendous effort decorating their homes to commemorate VE Day. On the 8th May 1945 – 75 years … Read full article

Photographing Spaldwick in Spring and the Effects of Coronavirus

Working from home in a rural Cambridgeshire village, I have noticed the massive effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of villagers have been on lockdown in their homes. Schools and key local businesses (such as the village pub) have closed, and there has been a dramatic reduction in road traffic. During this time (as … Read full article

Photographing and Videoing the Transformation of Manor Farm in Spaldwick

How amazing Manor Farm is looking currently. After speaking to Richard Johnson, Manor Farm is being prepared for being sold, although the Coronavirus pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty. Richard’s face was full of pride. I’ve agreed with Richard to take some internal photographs shortly. Here are some external photos from my latest … Read full article

Photographing for Posterity

I am currently building up an online library of old photographs of the village where I live so that these amazing images can be shared as widely as possible. Thank you to the people and local museums that have provided these. These images have proved immensely popular, being viewed about 50,000 times in the last … Read full article

Reaching the Milestone of Ten Years of ‘Serious’ Photography

Time has flown so quickly. While it does not seem that long since I bought my first Digital SLR camera, it’s now ten years since I became ‘serious’ about photography. I purchased my first digital SLR camera back in 2006 (the Canon 350D), and I had just one lens – the Canon 50mm f1.4 – … Read full article

Recording Mark Sturdy Singing ‘Hey There Delilah’

I’ve known Mark Sturdy for many years and have seen his and my family grow up in the same village in Cambridgeshire. I’ve regularly taken photos of Mark and his band, and these photos were taken at two of the earliest occasions, both back in 2012. I’ve seen Mark perform ‘Hey There Delilah’ on several … Read full article

Recording Saxophonist Rob Burton Performing ‘Braemar’ by Graham Fitkin

I was asked by Rob Burton’s father to record Rob live at a Christmas concert in Spaldwick Church. He played a modern composition entitled ‘Braemar’ by Graham Fitkin, who is a British composer, pianist and conductor. This piece was premiered in St. Margaret’s, Braemar at the 2017 ‘One Fine Day’ Music Festival and was played … Read full article

Videoing Ben Rice Singing at the Spaldwick Christmas Concert

At the 2018 Christmas Carol concert held in Spaldwick Church, Ben Rice sang ‘The Three Kings’ in German. At Kimbolton School, he was active in a number of musical pursuits, including the school’s Chamber Choir. He played the role of Javert in the school’s production of ‘Les Misérables’ and achieved a Grade 8 with Distinction. … Read full article

Videoing Rob and James Burton Perform at Christmas Concert

It was lovely to see saxophonist Rob Burton and his brother James perform together at the 2018 Christmas carol concert in Spaldwick Church. Despite it being an amazing year for Rob, winning the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician and getting through to the final of the competition, it was great to see the two … Read full article

Photographing ‘Sister Act’ Cast in Spaldwick Church

In order to produce some interesting publicity photos for the production of Sister Act by Spotlight Productions, we decided that it would look great to have photos taken in a real church. Spaldwick Church was the venue for a photoshoot with the Sister Act cast, and I think the photos certainly add character. You can … Read full article

Photographing the Spaldwick Fete

As a regular photographer of our local village fete, I love taking ‘snaps’ of local people and musicians and performers taking part. Here are a few of the photographs. You can view all the photos here: 2014 Spaldwick Fete Photo Gallery

Photographing the 2012 Spaldwick Fete

In 2012, I photographed my local village fete and the band performance, featuring Spaldwick’s Mark Sturdy and Mark Hunter. View more photos

Making a Start with ‘Event Photography’

2010 represents an appropriate date to start my personal blog – when I had my early experiences of ‘event photography’, photographing my local village fete. Looking back, although these were far from my best photos, if I had not taken them there would be nothing to mark the event and remember the people involved. I … Read full article