George Weedon (1734-1793) was an American soldier during the Revolutionary War from Fredericksburg, Virginia, serving as a Brigadier General in the Continental army, and later as a General of the Virginia Militia.  Weedon started his military career as a Lieutenant under George Washington during the French and Indian War. 

After this conflict he moved to Fredericksburg and opened Weedon's Tavern.  It was in this tavern during January, 1777 that Thomas Jefferson wrote the "Statute of Religious Freedom" - the world's first document acknowledging religious toleration in the Colonies. 

It was also in this year that Weedon was promoted to Brigadier General.  During the Revolution, he fought in the Battles of Trenton, Brandywine and Germantown.  At Valley Forge, Weedon commanded a brigade of Nathanael Green's Division, including the 13th Pennsylvania and the 2nd, 5th, 10th, and 14th Virginia regiments. 

In 1778 General Weedon resigned his Commission in the Continental Army after a long and protracted dispute with the Continental Congress over seniority.  He went back to Virginia to lead a brigade of the state's militia at the request of then Governor Thomas Jefferson. 

His most conspicuous and courageous contribution to American Freedom occurred during the Battle of Yorktown (October, 1781).  As Continental forces closed around the area, General Weedon exclaimed to General Washington during a staff meeting that "We have them triced up as if in a pudding bag!"  He led his militia unit in gallant and sharp fighting at Gloucester Point, Virginia across the York channel from Yorktown itself - where his brigade successfully repelled (along with a regiment of French Marines) a desperate attempt to escape, spearheaded by the 'terror of the Colonies' British Colonel Banastre Tarleton.  The success of Weedon's Brigade in repulsing this attempted escape sealed the fate of the trapped British, ensuring their surrender to the Continentals on the day after the Yorktown surrender.  So in a sense, General George Weedon accepted the 'truly final' British surrender in the greater battle of Yorktown.  Earthworks from this battle - incorporated into later Civil War earthworks - are visible at Tyndall's Point Park on Gloucester Point. 

After independence was gained, General Weedon was a local taverner, postmaster and mayor in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  He is buried in the Masonic Cemetery at Fredericksburg.  He was the author of a military work: "The Valley Forge Orderly Book". 

"The Sentry Box", General Weedon's Home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

Grave of General Weedon, in the Masonic Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

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MARIA HOWARD WEEDEN, Artist and Author:

Artist and writer from Huntsville, Alabama.  Most famous for her portraits of former slaves.

As early as 1868, her stories appeared in The Christian Observer, a Presbyterian newspaper. Her stories, under the pseudonym "Flake White," continued to appear in that paper for the next twenty years. Ms. Weeden's love of flowers was reflected in her collection of paintings of 208 varieties of wildflowers. In her Book of Roses, she illustrated the many varieties in her mother's garden.

In 1895, seven of her best portraits were shown in the Berlin gallery of Edward Schulte in a "Howard Weeden Gala." The exhibit was so successful that Ms. Weeden received a large number of orders for her work. She later had a showing in Paris.

She published four books: Shadows on the Wall (1898), Bandanna Ballads (1899), Songs of the Old South (1901), and Old Voices (1904). 

Howard Weeden, using her largely self-taught talents with brush and pen, made a unique contribution to an era in the history of the South, with faithfulness to fact and with respect and dignity to the individuals recorded.She can truly be considered among the earliest Anthropologists and Ethnographers of African-American culture in the United States. 

Note:  We would be remiss if we were not to mention the untiring work of everyone associated with "The Weedon House" - a privately funded museum in Huntsville, particularly the dedicated work of Ms. Lynne Williams, considered by all Weeden blood relatives as an 'honorary' and much appreciated member of the Weeden family. 


Two of Maria Howard Weeden's Portraits of Former Slaves
"There was a time when I painted everything indiscriminately, like a misled amateur, until I woke one day to the fact that there was right around me a subject of supreme artistic interest, the old southern ex-slave, who with his black weather-beaten face and picturesque figure was rapidly slipping away"

Weeden House Museum, Huntsville, Alabama U.S.A.

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REV. JOHN T. WEEDEN, Pastor, St. Timothy's Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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Left;  Reverend Weeden at the Pulpit of St. Timothy's Church in Cleveland./ Right: St. Timothy's, Cleveland

John T. Weeden (2 August 1901 - 17 September 1988) was a Baptist minister for 65 years and served 41 years at St. Timothy Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  He demonstrated for Civil Rights for African Americans locally and also in Atlanta, Georgia and Selma, Alabama.  He served as community liaison for Rep. Louis Stokes and managed the 1967 mayoral campaign for Carl Stokes.  Weeden was born in Watertown, Tennessee to Dovie and Will Weeden.  He was educated at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and received an honorary Doctorate from Monrovia College in Liberia, West Africa.  He came to Cleveland in 1947 from a pastorate in Indianapolis.  Activist Martin Luther King, Jr. often spoke at Weeden's church.  Weeden presided over the Baptist Ministers Conference of Cleveland and held offices within his denomination.  Weeden and Gladys May Evans (d. 1979) were married 2 August 1922.  They had four daughters (Sara Richardson, Katherine, Evelyn Jackson and Phyllis Oliver) and four sons (Paul, Lawrence, Kenneth and John P.).  Some family members belonged to the 38-person Weeden Family singers (see entry below). 



Sorry about the focus of this photo of the Weeden Family Singers - it is the best available

A 50+ Gospel singing group and band, which originates from the Cleveland, Ohio, USA area.  They are listed on Facebook.   

ALF WEEDON, Motorcycle Sports Photographer


Alf Weedon is probably as well known worldwide as most speedway riders.  Over a period of 60 years he has snapped them all.  Alf is still a regular at Lakeside (formerly Arena Essex) and is now 88 years old.  Alf has been the main photographer for The Broad Sider, Speedway News, Speedway Gazette, Speedway Star and his own publication Speedway Mail.  

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Brigadier General, Confederate States of America (CSA).  He led forces during several battles in the state of Georgia. 

"Mercer House" - in Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.  The home was built by but never occupied by General Mercer

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WILLIAM B. WEEDEN, Author, Social Historian

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Left:  Captain Weeden in 1862; Right: Mr. Weeden, 1896

William Babcock Weeden was a prolific late 19th century social historian and author, a Captain in the First Regiment, Battery C of the First Rhode Island Light Artillery in the American Civil War, and president of the Providence Board of Trade.  His books include: The Morality of Prohibitory Liquor Laws (1875), The Social Law of Labor (1882), Indian Money as a Factor in New England Civilization (1884), Economic and Social History of New England 1620-1789 (1890) and War government, federal and state in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana, 1861-1865 (1906). 

WEEDEN BUTLER, Author, Church of England Clergyman

Weeden Butler authored "The Indian Vocabulary"  in the late eighteenth and early 19th  centuries, a compilation of the Bengali Language words, phrases and forms.

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BERT WEEDON, "Mr. Guitar"

Bert Weedon was born in East Ham, London. on May 10th 1920. Bert wanted to play the guitar from his very early childhood. When he was just twelve years old he persuaded his father to buy him a rather battered guitar off a stall in London's famous Petticoat Lane Street Market, for exactly 75p. And so began the career of one of Britain's most accomplished instrumental stars.  Bert's early classical training later proved a great asset, since his thorough grounding enabled him to play any form of music at sight - jazz, beat, ballads, dance music, classical and even Spanish flamenco style.  His early days in show business found him playing with all the top bands of the day, including Ted Heath, Mantovani, The Squadronnaires and many others. His extreme versatility acted as a stepping stone to a plum role as a featured soloist with the BBC Show Band, which meant broadcasting three times a week in the country's top pop music show, and this lasted for four years.  Thames TV did a "This is your Life" on Bert Weedon.  The Variety Club of Great Britain also held a Tribute Lunch for Bert in Bournemouth (May 1999).  As a result of his exciting solos on the early rock records. Bert was asked by Top Rank to make a record as a solo artist, and so Bert became the first British guitarist to get a solo record in the Hit Parade.  He also made disc history by becoming the first solo guitarist to reach the coveted top of the Hit Parade - receiving both Gold and Platinum L.P.'s for his record breaking sales of over one million copies. Bert has also played countless concert tours throughout the country, and is currently touring in his one man show as well as recording a new CD.  Bert has appeared on over 5,000 radio and television programmes, and on nine occasions has been voted Britain's top guitarist in national popularity polls.

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ANNAWON WEEDEN, Native American


A member of his mother's Mashpee Wampanoag community, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Annawon was born & raised on the Narragansett tribal lands in Charlestown Rhode Island - the community of his father's people. Growing up in two separate, yet similar, native communities gave Annawon many opportunities to learn the cultural ways of his people firsthand.

Starting young, Annawon has traveled throughout New England conducting educational programs with his family. Many of the songs and dances Annawon has continued to perform on his own. Eastern social dance songs, from the New England area, allow the audience to join in the celebration of Eastern Woodland culture.

As an educator, currently Native Programs Specialist at the Boston Children's Museum, Annawon not only performs the dances he always has, he is now able to also inform the audience, as his father had done in the past. Educational performances are a family tradition that has survived throughout many generations. From school presentations, lectures, museum exhibits, and dance performances, Annawon is capable of sharing many different aspects of Native life, long ago and today.

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LINDSEY WEEDON, Modern Pentathlete

World Junior Championships 2003 (individual Bronze Medalist); World Junior Championships 2003 (Gold Medal Team Event); European Championships 2004 (seventh place); World Championships 2007 (Silver Medal Team Event)Lindsey started Modern Pentathlon in 1996.  She really enjoyed competing at youth championships and it was suggested that she begin fencing and riding in order to compete in Modern Pentathlon. She began training and competing seriously when she started studying at Bath University in 2001.  Sporting Influences included her grandparents, both of whom competed at the London Olympic Games of 1948 in the gymnastics competitions. They both encouraged her strongly. Another great influence on her has been Kelly Holmes.  As a young athlete she remembered being glued to the television during the 1996 Atlanta Games watching Kelly Holmes limp off the track during her race. It was devastating for her to watch, but was a superb demonstration of the determination of a most amazing athlete to persevere and achieve. Lance Armstrong has also inspired her with his determination to achieve the superhuman feat of a seven time Tour De France Champion, as well as successfully overcoming cancer.  Lindsey's other interests include working on Fitness Friends - www.ffnetwork.co.uk, shopping, other sports, watching comedy and listening to music. 

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ANTHONY WEEDEN, Composer, Conductor


As a composer, trumpeter and pianist, Anthony studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy until he was 18. He completed his undergraduate degree in music at the University of Durham (1993-1996) specialising in composition, and continued his studies in orchestral conducting on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London (1997-1999). After winning the August Manns prize for conducting two years consecutively, he became the first ever winner of the Norman Del Mar Conducting Prize in 1999 and was a Western European finalist of the Maazel/Vilar International Conducting Competition in February 2002.

Having been recognised as a conductor who is eager to step beyond traditional musical boundaries, Anthony frequently works in many diverse styles and genres. During successful return visits to the Duisburger Philharmoniker recently, Anthony conducted the launch concert of the Ruhrtriennale festival (2006) and the grand finale of the Extraschicht festival (2009) and has been invited to continue his work with the orchestra. Anthony has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, New York City Ballet Orchestra, South Bank Sinfonia, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Clarita Valley Symphony (Los Angeles).  He has made several recordings and broadcasts and he is currently Musical Director for the Avenue A Ensemble, City University Symphony Orchestra, Colne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Portobello Orchestra, and in frequent demand as a guest conductor across the UK and Europe.

Anthony is co-founder of the innovative Avenue A Ensemble, for which he also writes, and has recently completed recording the ensemble’s debut album Rocking Horses, released to great acclaim earlier in 2009. In recent years, Anthony has also been a busy orchestrator of film soundtracks, working closely with composer Michael Price, and his orchestrations can be heard in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Sean Connery), the forthcoming Wild Target (Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt & Rupert Grint) and The Mountain Within.

Teaching plays an important part of Anthony’s musical life; he holds a position at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy and is a frequent guest teacher of orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music, London.

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RICHARD WEEDEN, Musical Director, Arranger, Orchestrator

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Richard trained in Great Britain as a classical pianist, earning degrees from both the Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music.  At sixteen he began his career as a professional freelance musician.  For three years he was Musical Director for P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and TUI.  Theatre credits include: Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Spamalot, Fame, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, Blood Brothers and Oliver!.  Musical director on the original Priscilla Queen of the Desert UK Tour, assistant musical director on the original tours of 9-to-5 the Musical, and Sister Act.  Arranger, orchestrator and musical supervisor for Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

HILL & WEEDON, Musical Comedy Duo

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Left:  Robin Hill and Theo Weedon; Right: Shown winning the 2013 British Musical Comedy award

Robin Hill and Theo Weedon are an award-winning British comedy duo. 

LACI WEEDEN, Manager - Parents and Families Program, University of California San Diego

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Ms. Weeden has a B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University and a Master's Degree in College-Student Personnel from Indiana State University.  She has served in the field of student affairs for over 16 years, and previous to her present position was Assistant Director of Parents and Families Services at North Carolina State University. 

NORMAN F. WEEDEN, Plant Geneticist, Montana State University

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Dr. Weeden's interests involve genetic studies in pulse crops, primarily pea and lentil but also including comparisons with chickpea, common bean, cowpea and lupine. He is particularly interested in developing DNA markers and applying marker assisted selection techniques to pea varietal improvement. Genome evolution and linkage conservation within the legumes and evolutionary genetics within the genus Clarkia (Onagraceae) are also subjects of both interest and study.   

DR. CHARLES WEEDON, Educational Psychologist

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Dr. Charles Weedon trained as a teacher at Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh.  He gained his MEd at the University of Edinburgh, with a research prize from the Scottish Council for Research in Education for his dissertation on the diagnosis of writing skills, before obtaining his Diploma in Special Educational Needs at Moray House.  After five years in the mainstream classroom, teaching English and Maths in Shetland and Fife, he followed his growing interest in learning difficulties and special educational needs, going on to become a Principal Teacher of Learning Support in Fife and then Tayside.  He gained his PhD with a thesis on the nature of pupils' difficulties in learning through reading.  He has researched and taught at Stirling University, while continuing his teaching, writing and his interest in developing assessment techniques for identifying and responding to specific learning difficulties (see 'Publications' below).  He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  He is a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health Professions Council.  He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.  Recently retired as Head of Support for Learning at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, he now works as the school's educational psychologist, while pursuing his research interests. He was a member of the Steering Group for the Scottish Government/ HMIe 2008 report on "Education for Learners with Dyslexia".  He is a co-author of the Dyslexia Scotland and Scottish Government's "Assessing Dyslexia Toolkit" (www.frameworkforinclusion.org/AssessingDyslexia/). 

DR. MIKE WEEDON, Microbiologist, University of Exeter

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Mike is a lecturer in bioinformatics at the Exeter Medical School. He is also statistics lead for the BClinSci degree.  Mike works on the genetics of human disease and complex traits. His areas of interest are diabetes and growth genetics. Mike also works on identifying causes of monogenic disease, with a particular focus on identifying novel genes causing maturity-onset diabetes of the young.

DR. GRAHAM WEEDON, Meteorological Analyst, U.K. Meteorological Office

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Graham currently works on the datasets needed for running land surface models such as JULES as well as analysing model output.  Prior to joining the Land Surface Team at the Met Office, he was coordinator of NERC CLASSIC at the University of Swansea, and Senior Lecturer for twelve years in the Department of Geology and Earth Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire.  Graham pioneered the use of time-series analysis in paaeoclimatology, and is the author of Time Series Analysis and Cyclostratigraphy, published by Cambridge University Press.

JANE WEEDON, Director-Business Development - British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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Ms. Weedon has a central role in the development and delivery of the BBC's Future Media Portfolio, including both BBC News and BBC iPlayer.  She defines and leads strategic initiatives to establish BBC presence on consumer devices such as TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones, enabling audiences to consume BBC programming in new and innovative ways.  She alsdo manages the BBC's relationships with UK digital media. 

BRIAN WEEDEN, Space Policy and Security Analyst, Secure World Foundation

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Mr. Weeden conducts research on space debris, global space situational awareness, space traffic management, protection of space assets, space governance, and prevention of conflict in space. He also organizes national and international workshops to increase awareness of and facilitate dialogue on space security and sustainability topics. Respected and recognized as an expert, Mr. Weeden's research and analysis have been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, the BBC, China Radio International, Fox News, the Economist, academic journals, presentations to the United Nations, and testimony before the U.S. Congress. Mr. Weeden is also currently Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Space Security.  Prior to joining the Secure World Foundation, he served nine years on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as part of U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Space Operations Center where he directed the orbital analyst training program and developed tactics, techniques and procedures for improving space situational awareness. From 2000 to 2004 Mr. Weeden was an ICBM Launch Officer with the 12th Missile Squadron in Montana, where he served as both a Flight Commander and Instructor and participated in over 275 nuclear alerts, including those on 9/11.

EMILY WEEDON, Country Singer-Songwriter

Canadian roots rock alternative country singer songwriter Emily Weedon and her band Delta hail from Toronto, Ontario and are a very popular young band.  Emily Weedon is one of the sweetest people you will have the pleasure to talk with. She has a genuine softness to her that draws you in.  Musically, her voice has that timeless, high lonesome character that’s drawn listeners to giants like Dolly Parton and Emmy-lou Harris.  Her band is a cheerful, chatty, informal bunch who happen to like making new grassroots-influenced pop that dives right into the gore of everyday heartbreak.

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BILL WEEDEN, Actor and Comedy Writer

Born August 8, 1940 in Florida, Bill has written for the likes of Carol Channing, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara and Lily Tomlin.  His TV credits as a writer include: The Who, What or Where Game show (1969) and the Sale of the Century show (1969-1974).  His film/TV credits as an actor include Holocaust (2008), Dissonance (2008), Rest Stop for the Rare Individual (2007), El Otro Lado (2007), The Last Man in Brooklyn (2006), The Pleasure of Your Company (2006), The Radium Follies (2006), Starved (2005), It's Fun to Help Poor People (2005), Simple Revenge (2004), Slow Jam King (2004), Mind the Gap (2004), Postcards from Paradise Park (2000), Citizen Toxie (2000) and Wirey Spindell (2000), The Blur of Insanity (1999), Carlito's Way (1993), Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD (1990) and John and Mary (1969). 

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DR. CHRIS WEEDON, Professor, Feminist Researcher / Writer

Chair of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Director of Postgraduate Studies and Head of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory - University of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.  Dr Chris Weedon was born in West Germany in 1952. She was educated at Southampton University and at the University of Birmingham, where she completed her Ph.D. on 'Aspects of the Politics of Literature and Working-class Writing in Interwar Britain' in 1984. She taught in schools in England and Germany before working at Cardiff University of Wales where she is now a Professor, and teaches Critical Theory, Cultural Studies and Women's Studies.

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ENSIGN CARL A. WEEDEN, United States Navy

The USS Weeden was named in honor of Ensign Carl Alfred Weeden, USN. He was born in Trinidad, Colorado, on 14 April, 1916. On 22 June 1936, he was appointed a Midshipman from the 3rd Colorado District, He was commissioned as Ensign on 6 June, 1940 and reported for duty to the USS Arizona, (BB-39) on 9 June 1940. Ensign Weeden was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and earned the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp, and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal.

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DR. DAVID WEEDON, Pathologist and Author

Dr. David Weedon, a Australian dermatopathologist and recent past president of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, has published what is generally accepted to be the world's authoritative reference works on Skin Pathology.  Dr. Weedon is Professor of Pathology at Bond University, Robina (near Brisbane), Queensland and a member of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Committee. He is also a former President of the Australian Medical Association and a founding member of the Australasian Dermatopathology Society. In the photo above, Dr. Weedon (R) is being presented a Distinguished Pathologist award by Dr. Warick DelPrado, the President of the International Academy of Pathologists. 

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JOHN WEEDEN, Butcher - Colonial America

(L): Congregational Church and (R): Weeden Manor - Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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John Weeden, a resident of the town of Pawtucket in the American Colony of Rhode Island during the 1780s, had a dispute with the Continental Navy of the Colonies under the Articles of Confederation (the American Colonies after the Revolution, but prior to the establishment of the United States of America in 1789).  The dispute occurred during 1786 when the Navy attempted to pay for meat from Mr. Weeden's Butchery Shoppe with Rhode Island paper currency that was virtually worthless due to inflation.  Mr. Weeden refused payment, and was hauled into Court.  After a long trial (Trevitt v. Weeden) he was acquitted.  This trial was used by (1) the writers of the Federalist Papers to illustrate the need for trials by a jury of one's peers (Sixth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights) and even more importantly (2) the early U.S. Supreme Court to establish the principle of Federal Review of State Court cases.  In later years, John Weeden's descendants became very wealth members of Rhode Island society, and established a retirement home called "Weeden Manor" for former teachers in the Congregational Church-School of Pawtucket. 

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PENNY WEEDON, Musician (Organist)

Penelope Weedon (or Penny as she is universally known) was born in Buckinghamshire, England to a musical family, and started piano lessons at the age of four.  Studies on violin, cello, classical guitar, trumpet and church organ followed.  When she was 16 she won an Arts Festival Bursary to study piano with Christopher Elton, while continuing her organ studies with Julian Larkin. At 18 she went to the Royal College of Music to study piano, organ and composition.

Like so many before her, Penny overdid the practice and found herself with both arms in plaster and her musical studies apparently at an end.  She left the College and trained as a secretary, before working in the recording industry and the police force.  She eventually trained as a legal executive.  Not until some years later did she resume her studies and obtain her qualifications - including Fellowship of the London College of Music.

Despite the late start, Penny has enjoyed an exciting musical career, spanning three continents. Her pipe organ performances have taken her across Europe, including Bristol's Colston Hall, the Croydon Fairfield Halls, Birmingham Town Hall and a plethora of churches throughout the UK, as well as the fine instruments maintained by the Netherlands Organ Federation.  She has also given theatre organ concerts on some wonderful organs, not least the Wurlitzer in the Tower Ballroom at Blackpool.

Penny's passion for the keyboard orchestra has satisfied her ambition to play every instrument in the orchestra and to be a conductor.  She has thrilled audiences countrywide, including Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, Birmingham Town Hall, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, The Arnold Theatre Nottingham, The Regis Theatre, and countless music festivals and clubs. The symphony of sounds produced by her chosen instrument defy belief, and can be heard at the link below.  

Penny has broadcast widely, including an interview with Margaret Howard for Classic FM Radio in Britain and three appearances on Pick of the Week. For some years she presented the monthly "PennyWise" organ slot on BBC South and West's "Organ Stop" programme. She also writes for the specialist music press. Her most distant assignment was in South America, reporting on the first Augustin Barrios Guitar Competition.

Penny has worked as an examiner for the London College of Music, has lectured and adjudicated at most of the major keyboard festivals and led holidays for Adult Education bodies such as Missenden Abbey, HF Holidays and the RNIB.  Her experience with visually impaired learners led to the production of her CD tuition course, A Keyboard at Your Fingertips.

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Judy Weeden is an award-winning potter from Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada with 38 years’ experience in clay.  Judy tells her own story:  I have written about my life and experiences as a potter in the book, “Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus” edited by Dean and Geraldine Schwarz. Although I have taken many workshops and learned much from others, my main teachers and mentors were Al Johnsen, ceramic teacher at Cowell College, University of California Santa Cruz, Marguerite Wildenhain, pottery school at Pond Farm,California, and Dean Schwarz,  pottery school at South Bear, Decorah, Iowa.  Serendipitously these were all from the same pottery tradition.

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VAL WEEDON, Campaigning Journalist, Author

The topics Val Weedon writes about are varied, but her interests are in Health, Environment, Community, Fashion and Music.  She was awarded an MBE in 1997 for her campaigning work with the Right to Peace and Quiet Campaign, which was set up in 1991 with the help of the late Spike Milligan, who was its Patron.   Val was appointed National Coordinator to the UK Noise Association in 2005, but quit noise campaigning for good at the end of May 2008.  After leaving school in 1965, Val worked in the music industry for pop bands such as The Small Faces, Amen Corner and The Move.  In 1973 she left work to raise a family and in her spare time Val worked as a community volunteer in south London where she lived.   This work included presenting radio programs for Britain’s first community radio station (Radio Thamesmead) and writing for the community newspaper (Insight). It is during this time Val developed an interest in campaigning journalism as it gave her the opportunity to highlight the plight of others and raise awareness around grass roots issues.  In 1984 she returned to full time education, graduating in 1987 with an Honors Degree in Humanities.  She then went on to train in periodical journalism.   After working in news and PR, in 1990 she decided to become freelance.  Her work has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and journals. Val’s book “The Quiet Guide” was published in April 2007.  She is married to photographer Phil Weedon (please see immediately below).  Val and Phil have two grown up children, three young grandsons, two cats and a rabbit.

PHIL WEEDON, Freelance Photographer

Phil Weedon is a freelance photographer working in press and public relations.  But that description is just 'scratching the surface' of his repetoire.  His photo credits run literally into the thousands, and some of the people he has 'snapped' include (among many, many others):  

To see a portfolio of his work, please go to: http://www.philweedon.com.  Phil is also the proud and loving husband of Val Weedon (see above).

WILLIAM NYE WEEDEN, Toy Designer / Manufacturer

Mr. William Nye Weeden was a New Englander, born in 1841 at New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.  He was apprenticed to James Tucker Almy and worked as a jeweler and watchmaker later in both Boston and Waterbury Connecticut.  

The Youth's Companion, a publication for children approached William Nye Weeden and asked him to design an inexpensive, quality toy that the magazine could use as a premium in an effort to increase subscriptions. Weeden designed an upright steam engine, the design, quality and function of the engine so impressed the publication that they gave Weeden an initial order for ten thousand units at one dollar apiece. This $10,000.00 would be the impetus for the formation of The Weeden Manufacturing Company in 1883.

He often made his own tooling for the items he manufactured - presses, dies, molds and other production items.  William Ritchie, a former salesman for The Weeden Manufacturing Company who worked his way up through the ranks, took over as chief executive after Weeden's death in 1891. The Weeden Manufacturing Company also made other toys, including banks and even a wood burning toy stove.  The firm remained in business for a long time and made a large variety of stationary toy steam engines and trains over the years. In 1942 the company was sold to “National Playthings” which halted production of the line of steam engines in 1952.

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RONNIE WEEDON, Dirt-Track Racing Driver

One of the U.S.A.'s most successful Dirt Track Racers, Ronnie Weedon, from Davenport, Iowa, accumulated over 500 wins between 1948 and 2005.  He raced in almost 2000 heats.  His motto was "It's not how old the dog in the fight is, but how much fight is left in the old dog!"

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PAUL WEEDEN, Geography Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Paul Weeden has been a lecturer in geography education at the University of Birmingham, West Midlands, England, since 1999. For the previous six years he was lecturer in geography education at the University of Bristol. He has also been employed as a humanities advisory teacher for both Avon and Somerset and taught in a Bristol Comprehensive for 17 years. He has particular expertise in the areas of pre and in-service teacher training and has written in the fields of assessment, geographical education, environmental education and the use of ICT.

WEEDEN-WASHINGTON, April - Stuntwoman


April Weeden-Washington has built a resume of unparalleled accomplishments. As one of Hollywood's leading stuntwomen, she has doubled for numerous high-profile celebrities including Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa L. Williams, to name a few. Whether it's jumping through a plate-glass window into a swimming pool, or driving through a mustard field at high speeds with a helicopter hovering overhead, there is no question that this young lady's job falls into the category of unusual occupations. A native of Washington, D.C., April has a long list of film and television credits. Her films include "Minority Report," "Swordfish," "Rat Race," "Blade," "Lethal Weapon 4," "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer," "Anaconda," and "Eraser." Her TV work includes "Strong Medicine," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "JAG," "Nash Bridges," "Melrose Place," and "Beverly Hills 90210." Most recently, she completed stunts in the films, "Johnson Family Vacation" and "Crash," and in the NBC TV series, "Las Vegas."

As a veteran stunt professional, April has mentored many women who want to enter this thrilling occupation. In fact, she is the subject of a new documentary, "Hollywood At Its Best," which profiles a handful of successful stuntwomen in the entertainment industry. In March 2004, she was honored by the Black Arts Alliance with their inaugural Trailblazer Award for her outstanding work in the stunt industry. In January 2006, April was honored to receive the Crystal Award for her accomplishments as a professional stunt person and giving back to the community, by BLM Entertainment.

April is also an accomplished singer, dancer and actress. 

April is married to award-winning stunt coordinator/second unit director William Washington. A talented couple in their own right, they often collaborate on projects together. They reside with their daughter on a tranquil horse ranch northeast of Los Angeles.

DR. CLARE WEEDEN, Senior Lecturer, Tourism and Marketing, University of Brighton, U.K.


Dr. Clare Weeden is a Senior Lecturer in tourism and marketing at the University of Brighton , where she has been working since 1992. Prior to her academic career Clare spent twelve years in the hospitality industry, working extensively throughout Europe and North America in a range of businesses, from five star city centre hotels (Intercontinental Hotels, Sheraton Hotels), through micro-breweries to Michelin-starred London restaurants. Through these experiences Clare developed an expertise in sales and marketing and became especially adept at understanding and managing the challenges of customer-focused organisations in a dynamic and highly competitive market.  

Clare was awarded her PhD in 2008 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where she explored the influence of personal values on the holiday choice decisions of ethical consumers. This research built on her earlier work and publications, which focused on the emergence of ethical tourism; the motivations of responsible tourists; and the competitive opportunities of ethical tourism for UK specialist tour operators. Her other publications address the environmental sustainability of cruise tourism and the concept of visuality as portrayed in cruise marketing.

DAVID WEEDEN, Leading Consultant, Cardio-Thorasic Surgery, Southampton, U.K.


Mr. Weeden trained at the Royal Free Hospital London and received his first medical qualification in 1972.  Mr Weeden has worked for Southampton University Hospitals Trust since June 1987. He has extensive experience in thoracic surgery.  Special interests include bronchial laser and stent therapy, oesophageal cancer surgery and corrections of pectus deformities.  His key achievements:  Lead Consultant for Thoracic Surgery (1999 onwards), Chair of the Medical Staff Committee (2003-2006), Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety (2008 0nwards). 

CAPTAIN GARY P. WEEDEN, Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard

Chaplain Weeden was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Northern Virginia .  Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard from 1977-1981. Additionally, Chaplain Weeden served in the Oregon Air National Guard from 1985-1987 as a Staff Sergeant      

While a student at the Western Seminary, he was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Theological Student Programs Officer in February, 1987 and completed the U.S. Navy Chaplain School Basic Course at the NETC, Newport , RI . He was ordained and served on the Pastoral Staff at McLean Bible Church , McLean , Virginia . He is endorsed by the National Association of Evangelicals.

Chaplain Weeden has served with commands from all three Sea Services. From 1988-1991, he served as the Staff Chaplain at Naval Training Center and Naval Recruit Command, Great Lakes, IL. From 1991-93, he served as Command Chaplain onboard USS FOX (CG-33), deploying in support of Operation Desert Storm. From 1993-1997, he served as plankowner District Chaplain of the Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland, OH. From 1997-1998, he was selected for post graduate studies.  From 1998-2001, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. From 2001-2003, Chaplain Weeden served as Group Chaplain for Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet/Amphibious Group One, Okinawa , Japan . In 2003, he was selected to attend the Naval War College . Upon graduation, Chaplain Weeden served in a special assignment as Deputy Chaplain for US Central Command. Following this tour, Chaplain Weeden served as Director for CREDO Navy Region Northeast. From July 2006-October 2008, Chaplain Weeden was assigned as Command Chaplain at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London , CT. In 2008 to 2010, Chaplain Weeden served as Area Chaplain for US Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Portsmouth , VA. In June 2010, He  assumed his current assignment as the ninth Chaplain of the Coast Guard.

Chaplain Weeden holds a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies [ Washington Bible College , Lanham, MD], a Master of Divinity [Western Seminary, Portland , OR ], A Master of Theology [ Trinity Evangelical Divinity School , Deerfield , IL ] and a Master of Arts in National Strategy and Security Studies [ Naval War College , Newport , RI ].

Chaplain Weeden’s personal decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal,  CG Good Conduct Award, and numerous unit awards, campaign and service medals. 

Chaplain Weeden is married to the former Grace Knecht of Falls Church, VA and has two sons, Adam and Conrad (currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard). 

ANDREW WEEDEN, Composer, Musician, Live Sound Engineer

Andrew is a classically trained Pianist, Musician & Live Sound Engineer.

Schooled at one of Britain 's finest colleges, by the time he was 15 he was orchestrating 40s Swing for Big Band Sound. 'I was thrown in at the deep-end' Andrew explains. 'I owe so much to the great foresight of my childhood mentor, Richard Whitehead, because he saw abilities in me that I never knew existed and he pushed me to excel as an academic musician as well as a performer'.

Andrew then spun sideways and studied as a Church Organist for 3 years under J Hugh Thomas, LRAM, FRCO playing in such places as Brecon Cathedral. He also studied the Clarinet, Sax and Bassoon of all things. In short, most instruments he picked up he could play with relative ease and enjoyed learning to play!

Nowadays Andrew concentrates his interests in Pop, Classic Rock, Folk, Country and Acoustic music working with a mixture of original artists, television, radio, studios and function bands.

In addition, Andrew works freelance as a professional Sound Engineer, running sound stages from small intimate functions to large indoor and outdoor festivals. As a musician his knowledge of working -on stage- for many years comes in very handy when ensuring that other musicians gain an enjoyable stage experience whilst in his capable hands. Audiences also appreciate Andrew's exceptionally keen ear when it comes to making the most from PA equipment.   

DR. JASON WEEDEN, Evolutionary Psychologist, Pennsylvania Laboratory for Experimental Evolutionary Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Dr. Weeden received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania after receiving a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.  His research relates to mating and fertility choices, and how differences in competing reproductive lifestyles lead to differences in religiosity and in opinions on “family values” political issues like abortion and marijuana legalization.   

DR. MARK WEEDEN, Associate Member of Faculty in Assyriology, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Dr. Weeden's research focuses on intercultural contact and the transmission of written culture in the cuneiform world.  In particular he is interested in the transmission of Akkadian and Sumerian written culture to the so-called periphery of the cuneiform community, expecially Northern Syria and Anatolia (Hittites).  As a corollary to this he also does some work on Hurrian and Urartian.  

MICHAEL WEEDEN, New Hampshire State Representative, District 6, U.S.A.

Michael Weeden, a native of New Hampshire, was born on March 11, 1991.  Throughout his youth, Michael exhibited a great love for community service and a drive to further his education.  He entered Dover High School as a published poet and a two-time National Award winner.  He received the All-American Scholar Award at Large, and the National History and Government Award.  Weeden was also named a recipient of the National Leadership and Service Award.

While attending Dover High School, Michael was an active member in the Student Council and Drama Club.  In 2006 he was inducted into the National Honor Society.  Weeden has demonstrated a remarkable record of community service and discipline that characterizes his commitment to the community.  In addition, he dedicates much of his free time as a worship leader at his church.

Weeden is currently attending the University of New Hampshire while working as a dietary aid at Riverside Rest Home in Dover . Weeden plans to graduate in 2013 with a double major in Economics and Political Science. Upon graduating from the University of New Hampshire , Weeden plans to further his education at Harvard University where he hopes to attain a degree in Corporate Law. 

PETER WEEDEN, Head Chef, Paternoster Chop House, London, U.K.

Paternoster Chop House is a place so traditionally British it's positively exotic. Roast teal, rabbit and veal pie, angels on horseback with a glass of black velvet, cobnuts and sloe gin, pig's trotter in red wine and champ, and Cambridge burnt cream are just some of the dishes on the menu which threaten to baffle tourists.  The restaurant represents a “crusade” - the advancement of plain, well-cooked British food into the diversity of the London restaurant scene.

There are no plate fiddles in this kitchen - the g-word (garnish) was banned by head chef Peter Weeden from the outset. The menu is kept simple throughout, split into shellfish, grill and spit-roast, cheese and savouries, salads, vegetables, first courses, main courses, and puddings sections. It's made up of British classics, put together by owner Sir Terence Conran and Weeden during various visits to Conran's Berkshire home for tastings. 

BRANDON WEEDEN, College Football (US) Quarterback, Oklahoma State University and Cleveland Browns (NFL)


Starting Quarterback for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.  Weeden was born in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma.  

It took more than 26 years for Brandon Weeden to become an "overnight sensation".  Weeden is a laid-back, chili-loving, ex-minor league baseball player (pitcher) from the city of Edmond who got kidded about his "old age" while being a college student.  Weeden, who was the oldest NFL draft pick at age 28 when the Cleveland Browns picked him up.  After two seasons with the Browns, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to a two year contract.  According to some, Brandon throws a football so hard that it spins even after it is caught!  The experience is downright painful in many cases.  His passes don't achieve much height, they are more like straight shots directly at the receiver.  The power with which he throws might have been a factor in his injury during his second season with Cleveland, when he crushed his thumb on the helmet of one of his guards while throwing a pass!

Family members say Brandon is low key and rarely lets anything get to him.  But brother Ty Weeden (see below) indicated that people are wrong if they view his brother as someone who does not embrace competition.  Brandon competes all the time, according to Ty.  Golf is an avid hobby.  A mutual friend introduced Brandon to his future wife Melanie.  She immediately suspected that he was "Mister Right" because he had two very attractive qualities:  high confidence along with humility.  

TYLER "TY" WEEDEN, Catcher-First Base, Boston Red Sox Organization, U.S.A.


Tyler "Ty" Weeden was born September 26, 1987 in Edmond, OK and was selected by the Boston Red Sox as the 43rd pick (16th Round) of the 2006 Amateur Draft, out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. His commitment to the University of Arkansas scared off most professional baseball organizations, but the Red Sox signed Weeden.  According to scouting reports he has great potential, is a strong power hitting batter, and calls a good game.  He currently is out of both the Majors and Minors, coaching at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. 

DR. ELISABET WEEDON, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Elisabet Weedon is Deputy Director in the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She previously worked as a psychology lecturer at Perth College, Scotland, UHI Millennium Institute (UHI) and as a researcher in the Learn Unit, UHI. She has also worked as an Open University tutor and counsellor on a number of courses.  

Dr. Weedon's main research interests have been in the area of adults' and children's learning, including online learning and the impact of feedback on students' learning. Over the past few years she has been involved with a number of projects investigating various aspects of the implementation of networked learning. She is currently working on a number of projects within the centre including the ESRC TLRP project investigating disabled students' learning experiences in higher education,  LLL 2010 Lifelong learning and one of the projects within Managing Progress.  She has published in the area of student learning in recent years.

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PROFESSOR KIM WEEDEN, Sociology Department Head, Cornell University

At Cornell (Ithaca, New York - 225 miles northwest of New York City), Professor Weeden studies inequality in advanced industrial societies, how it is organized, and how it is changing. Some of her recent projects have looked at rising income inequality; occupational "closure" practices (e.g., licensing, credentialing, certification, unionization) and their impact on income distribution; class and occupational homogeneity in life chances, political views, and cultural practices; and trends in the extent to which various dimensions of inequality (e.g., income, wealth, education) coalesce. She is also interested in gender inequality in labor markets, and has studied how patterns of occupational segregation changed over the last century and how "family-friendly" personnel policies (e.g., flextime, telecommuting) affect career outcomes. A new project looks at trends in promotion and mobility in academia.

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Professor Weeden lives in Ithaca, New York - near Cornell - with her partner Jeff and their son Quinn.

PROFESSOR ALEXIS WEEDON, University of Bedfordshire

Professor Alexis Weedon is Director of the Research Institute for Media Art and Design and a Professor of Publishing at the University of Bedfordshire, England.  Professor Weedon is a book historian, specializing in quantitative analysis techniques and contemporary developments in publishing and the new media.  She is currently principal investigator on the AHRC funded project Cross-Media co-operation in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s.  She is co-author with Vincent L. Barnett of a book from that project.

Professor Weedon and Julia Knight have co-edited the refereed quarterly academic journal Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies since 1995, writing regular editorials on new media topics.

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Recent articles

Oxford DNB entries for H.G. Bohn, George Bell and Family, Andrew Chatto, William Clowes (the elder), William Clowes (the younger), Octavian Blewitt (2005).

When not looking at books or screens, Alexis sketches landscapes and wildlife.

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ALEX WEEDEN, Rock Musician with the band WEEdEN


WEEdEN began when Alex decided to perform and record on his own. After moving to Austin, Texas, U.S.A. in 1996 and performing in various bands, he had become a staple in the local music scene. It was time to go on his own and record a record of his own.  Then along came Nina Singh and Mark Addison. Addison and Singh were recording, producing and more often than not performing with other artists such as: Ian Moore, Dewato, Jeff Klein, Matt McCormack and Will Sexton.  After hearing these sounds, Alex then knew where to make his debut record. Six months later, following a significant amount of hard work by Alex, Nina, and Mark, the 10-song compilation WEEdEN - ORANGE WHIP? (Hedgehog Records) was released to critical accolades.

It was now time for a live band.  Alex put a group together consisting of the powerful and excellently metered drummer Bryan Breaux and multi-instrumentalist and talented musician Chris Kline on organ, guitar, vocals, etc., who had also performed on the album, Orange Whip? For bass duties Alex brought in fellow Honeybrowne member and friend Jake Blackwell.  The outcome is that the band sounds just like the record. No gimmicks, just pop/ rock with a slight roots-rock twist. Alex states to someone who hasn't heard Orange Whip? or seen WEEdEN live, "We're a mix of all our musical influences, Petty, Beatles, Floyd Stones etc… all rolled into one."

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GERRICK WEEDON, Australian-Rules Football Player


Now plays for the West Coast Eagles Australian-Rules Football Club, of Perth, Western Australia.  He is shown above when receiving his jersey - with the number of the famous Eagles legend David Wirrpanda.  

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JOHN WEEDON, Poet and Artist - England

John started painting seriously in 1991 in London and Essex, England. He obtained a grant from The Enterprise Board in 1993 and studied Art at Southend College during 1994/5. In 1996 he began exhibiting regularly as a featured artist at Deja Vu, an Antique/Interior Design Studio in Leigh-on-Sea. It was here where he began enjoying commercial success for the first time: 
- 2002 Three pictures commissioned by Survivors` Poetry, London,
- 2004/5 Two collective exhibitions at Anglia Ruskin University,
- 2006 First one man show at Rayleigh Mill, Essex,
- 2007 Affordable Art Exhibition at Waterloo Gallery, London,
- 2007 Climate Of Change, London,
- 2008 Second one man show, " The Lady Dressed In Red " at The Poetry Cafe,
  collaborating with seven distinguished poets,
- 2008 Chelmsford Art Trail.

John is also a very respected poet throughout London and Essex with several
contributions published in collective anthologies and magazines.

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