|Watchdog in Misson|
Misson is a substantial village in northern Nottinghamshire. It sits by The River Idle amidst rich arable land. By car you reach it via one of two country lanes - either from Bawtry two miles to the south west or from the Haxey/Doncaster road - three miles north of the village.
Misson is a very peaceful settlement - like a forgotten village. Once it was much more self-contained than it is today - with three shops, two pubs, a parish church, two methodist chapels, a school and a proud, independent spirit. There was an annual fair and a ferry service that took villagers on the short trip across the Idle. Nowadays some of the houses are owned by commuters and other incomers but in past times the village was very insular.
As your intrepid reporter explored the mean streets of Misson, he came across a young artist at work. He was standing on a street known as Gibdyke looking towards the church. We chatted for a while. He was a very pleasant young man and someone with whom I felt an immediate connection. It turns out that he spent a year as an Art teacher in a Doncaster secondary school but could not bear it. "It was sucking the life blood out of me," he admitted. And so he decided to follow the yearning in his heart, becoming a professional artist - albeit one who is fortunate enough to be married to a full-time nurse.
His name is Andrew and he asked me to snap a couple of pictures of him for possible inclusion in his website which you can see here. Perhaps you would like to help a destitute artist by purchasing one of his paintings or even arranging a commission?
Soon I left Misson, heading northwards to Misson Springs and the Haxey road, feeling glad that like Capatain Cook I had discovered the place but also somewhat envious of those who have always called Misson home. What a splendid village to come home to. Peace and community and the sound of the wind buffeting across the fields.
|The River Idle west of Misson|
|St John the Baptist Church in Misson|
|River Lane, Misson|