Our headquarters at Ash Farm and the room where the teaching will take place is an old cow shed, now swept out and freshened up, but still fairly basic. It’s called ‘Mick’s Barn’ in honour of Mick Aston, a great personal friend of mine and someone who I shared many happy times teaching with at Bristol University in the 1980’s and 90’s. Mick, with his passion for bringing archaeology to the public, doing it properly and still making it fun, is someone I would have loved to have been involved in the WAFA project. But it wasn’t to be. So now, with the blessing of his partner Teresa Hall, Micks photo looks down on us from the wall of the barn that bears his name, and I’m sure that he’ll be keeping a keen eye on what we are doing.

Rest in peace Mick old mate, we all miss you.