Chiltern Hundreds, Ian Paisley.
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The Chiltern Hundreds is an "office under the Crown" in the United Kingdom, appointment to which disqualifies its holder from sitting as a Member of Parliament. It is used to allow MPs to resign their seats, a move which is formally prohibited. A number of offices have been used for this purpose, but only the Chiltern Hundreds and the Manor of Northstead are used today. This is a exploration of a few of those ‘hundreds’ with some of the villans as a backdrop.
The Reverend Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, is an MP, MEP and church leader in Northern Ireland. He ‘took to the hills’ on 17 Dec 1985 taking Manor of Northstead.
In the early 1950s Ian Paisley helped to establish the first Free Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland and was elected moderator of it, keeping this post ever since. He is also the founder and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party .
In 1964 his demand that the RUC remove an Irish Tricolour from Sinn Fein's offices led to two days of rioting, after this was followed through.. Paisley opposed the 1972 suspension by the British government of Edward Heath of the Northern Ireland parliament and government .
Ian Paisley is generally viewed as an enigma. Though a religious leader, his language has been condemned by others as extreme and provocative. Though fiercely anti-Roman Catholic church, he nonetheless attracts a small number of Roman Catholic votes in his Westminster and European constituencies where he has a reputation as a hardworking MP who will help or defend anyone whatever his or her religious beliefs and his views of them.
|This small series of letterbox caches can be attempted as a circular walk. I suggest that Ibstone Common opposite The Fox pub makes an ideal starting point aiming for The Crown Inn at Pishill as an excellent half way stop. You will need it.
All of these cache containers are set adjacent to the footpath, whether its The Chiltern Way, The Oxfordshire Way, or just the common and garden bridleways and footpaths of the return. The location of the caches is very public and please take care to replace them in exactly the way that you found them. This may involve a degree of judgment and expertise. Please step away and review how you have replaced it.
Each cache contains a small log book and rubber stamp. Please leave your stamp mark in the book and remember to stamp your own book. Please do not take the provided stamp away. The may be room for the smallest of TBs' but not much else
|Surrounded in green, without orange insight,
But with blood red berries, and a voice to fight,
Take care not to scratch the skin,
For your face will suffer for a checkered sin.
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