English Rural Life: Village Activities, Organisations, and Institutions

English Rural Life: Village Activities, Organisations, and Institutions

English Rural Life: Village Activities, Organisations, and Institutions

English Rural Life: Village Activities, Organisations, and Institutions

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Whilst preparing the manuscript for this book I have endeavoured to keep in mind the great variety of people from all walks of life who are interested in the countryside and its welfare by birth, residence, work, leisure or some other cause. I have not tried to write exclusively, or indeed especially, for the academic student. Many country people are not as well-informed on country matters as they would wish because of the rate of change in many fields of interest during the last decade or so. This applies particularly to social welfare, health and education, and I hope that the book may hold some interest for some of the friends I have made through my close association with the Gloucestershire Community Council and the Bristol Council of Social Service.

My work at the University of Bristol often brings me into contact with local government officers and I am concerned about the hundreds of students who leave universities each year, after completing training courses as administrators, technicians, teachers and social science workers, to take up appointments in county towns, country towns and the countryside. The majority assume their duties with little more knowledge of the countryside than that derived from week-end hikes and summer holidays. Because their ignorance and inexperience is immediately apparent to the country people they meet their early effectiveness is much impaired. Besides these, an increasing body of alert, intelligent, elderly people, (business, professional and skilled artisan) retire to the country while they are still young in outlook, and many are prevented from participating as fully in local affairs as they might otherwise do by inadequate knowledge of the day to day background to the rural way of life.

Finally, I have had in mind the small but important group of visitors who come to Great Britain in increasing numbers each year with a very imperfect knowledge of the countryside or rural affairs, from India and Pakistan, Palestine and Egypt . . .

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