Fri9/Sat10/Sat17June in LEICESTERSHIRE premiere of ‘Captain Pouch’s Dream’

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed May 31 02:23:08 BST 2017


Land Is Ours - a landrights campaign for Britain 
Educational Trust's 
‘Captain Pouch’s Dream’: Stable Yard, Cotesbach, 9th & 10th June
Main Street, Cotesbach, Nr. Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HX
• A play about the leader of the Cotesbach 
Enclosures Riot of 1607 written by playwright Len 
Holden from Market Harborough is to be performed 
in the Stable Yard on 9th and 10th June (7pm) and 
in Geddington on 17th June (2pm).
Pouch’s real name was John Reynolds,a ‘turbulent 
varlot’ from Desborough, who led 5,000 peasants 
to Cotesbach on May 31st 1607, the largest 
gathering in a wave of riots throughout the 
Midlands against the enclosure of land for sheep. 
In a bag on his belt he carried a talisman, which 
when finally apprehended turned out to be nothing 
but a lump of mouldy green cheese, hence his nickname ‘Captain Pouch’.
The final episode in the riots was on the fields 
of Newton, outside Geddington, on 8th June 1607, 
where scores of peasant rebels were slain. A 
threat to law and order, they scoffed at Pouch, 
hanged and quartered him; unrelenting market 
forces were already under way which separated the 
peasants from their communities and the land they 
relied upon and which century by century 
parcelled up the landscape first with hedges and 
fences and then with the roads, warehouses and 
housing developments we see today. And little did 
they know then of the interdependence of fungi, 
soil, plant health and food security, that there 
may indeed have been more than Pouch knew himself 
in that lump of cheese: The Way, The Cheese and The Life.

• A series of talks have been held on the subject 
of enclosures resulting in a CD which will be on sale at the performance.

• Contemporary documents from the CET Archive 
will be on display over the weekend of 9th- 11th 
June, with Open Farm Sunday activities on 11th 
June 10am – 4pm (refer to website). Ten years ago 
the Cotesbach Quattrocentenary drew in 1,500 
people and helped launch the CET with re-enactors 
and environmental action. Learning from our 
heritage and re-skilling communities is central 
to the vision of Cotesbach Educational Trust 
which is hosting this event on Cotesbach CET is a 
voluntary organisation and all proceeds from 
ticket sales will help towards financing this and 
future projects and running costs.

ELECTION SPECIAL: On the day we hear the results 
of our latest political upheaval, the general 
election, come and share ‘Captain Pouch’s Dream’ 
and make of it what you will. Len has worked 
wonders in giving the Cotesbach peasants a voice 
and spotlighting this pivotal event in the 
history of the land. There is something 
tremendously powerful about 5,000 people getting 
to Cotesbach on their feet with no phones, no 
apps or Google maps, just because that’s where 
they needed to be to make their voices heard. Len 
Holden will be available for interview and can be 
contacted on: 01858 446067 or by email: leonard.holden at

Tickets can be purchased from Idle Torque in the 
Stable Yard, Cotesbach, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm or via 
email to hello at 
stating name, performance date and number of 
tickets required. For more about CET please visit and sign up for 
the latest newsletter. ‘Reconnecting with place 
and land to develop skills for the future’

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So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish participation in Bormann 
companies that when Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv 
to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the Jewish and German 
communities of Buenos Aires. Jewish leaders informed the Israeli 
authorities in no uncertain terms that this must never happen again 
because a repetition would permanently rupture relations with the 
Germans of Latin America, as well as with the Bormann organization, 
and cut off the flow of Jewish money to Israel. It never happened 
again, and the pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of 
these Jewish leaders. He is residing in an Argentinian safe haven, 
protected by the most efficient German infrastructure in history as 
well as by all those whose prosperity depends on his well-being.
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