At the end of his career, Hedley was a teacher of A Level Economics, and Head of History at a northern Catholic school. He managed just to lead his department creditably through three Ofsted inspections. This was achieved primarily by producing the requisite word-processed documentation and by delegating the teaching of the most important classes to competent colleagues.
In May 2005, during his last term there, John Hedley wrote and directed a VE Day 60th anniversary memorial concert. This involved a PowerPoint presentation, and contributions by choirs and by dancers. It was this event, along with his portfolio of experience in extra-curricular music and drama, that has provided the template for Double Gloucester. Upon retiring, he became an appealer for the charity 'Aid to the Church in Need' in the North West, and also gave talks on historical topics across Lancashire and Cumbria to those who shared his interests. Although an exile from the County of Gloucester, he has never lost his enthusiasm for its landscape and its peopleâ€“past as well as present. Five years ago, Hedley felt impelled to turn his attention from his present Lancastrian home territoryâ€“and through exploratory reading and rudimentary researchâ€“to revisit Gloucestershire, where he spent most of his first quarter of a century. This volume is the result of all that.
In The Kingâ€™s England Arthur Mee wrote of Gloucestershire that â€œnowhere is England more like herself than in the county of the Severn and the Thamesâ€. John Hedley aims to celebrate Meeâ€™s words in this book, Double Gloucester, a compendium of drama scenes from the history of G...