The incredible photo opposite was sent in by reader Mike Jefferies. It’s not only a stunning image, it also captures an historic moment. The day when it was taken, when the Red Arrows did a fly past over Glastonbury, will be remembered by local people - it will have been recorded on social media and, you never know, may even end up in a newspaper archive somewhere.
There’s also the lovely juxtaposition of the modern jets above St Michael’s tower and this ancient mystical site.
We’ve taken a few steps back in time in this issue. Public clocks feature in towns, cities and on church towers everywhere, but they’re often overlooked, especially these days, which is a shame because there are incredible stories behind some of Somerset’s famous timepieces - as Imogen Windsor reveals in her feature this month.
One person who was definitely ahead of her time was Ada Lovelace. The daugher of Lord Byron was, many experts believe, the first computer programmer. This Victorian woman was taught mathematics by her mother, then went on to become friends with computer pioneer Charles Babbage. When he started making his ‘calculating machine’, she chipped in and wrote a groundbreaking algorithum. This is an extraordinary and inspiring tale and one which has deep connections to this county.
Past actions, events and creations may have only been little moments in time, but they sometimes cause ripples which reach way into the future.
And, however lasting their impact, they certainly create some wonderful stories, as you’ll discover in this month’s pages.
The Red Arrows flypast over Glastonbury