of the Villages


My name is David Wray and I have the pleasure of editing the Voice of the Villages newsletter/magazine and this linked website.

I’ve lived in the village of Eathorpe for over 20 years now, coming to Warwickshire initially to work as a Professor at the University of Warwick. Since retiring from that position in 2013, I’ve busied myself with community activities. I am Chair of Eathorpe Village Hall, a member of Eathorpe Parish Council and for the last 6 years have edited The W2hen newsletter (for the villages of Weston, Wappenbury, Hunningham and Eathorpe) – now replaced with the Voice of the Villages and covering activities in Offchurch as well as the other four villages.

I can be found most days walking the Warwickshire countryside with my spaniels, Jarvis and Ludo (photos below), and have developed a huge interest in the flora and fauna of our villages (plus an extensive knowledge of dog-friendly pubs and cafés in the local area.)

My personal interests are:

Poetry of all kinds – the poetry page on this website will showcase the poets whose work I particularly prize, but T.S.Eliot, Federico Garcia Lorca and Emily Dickinson take pride of place at the moment.

Reading – particular favourites are all the novels of the late, great Terry Pratchett, the works of Tolkien, Matthew Harffy and Ben Aaronovitch. Plus I am re-reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (14 VERY long novels!) You can spot the common denominator of fantasy, I’m sure.

Football – I go loopy when England play, of course, but my true abiding love is Peterborough United (I know – I’m a masochist) who I watched beat Arsenal in the Cup in 1965 and have followed ever since – although I have wished at times that I didn’t!