CARAVAN TRADITIONAL GYPSY WAGON
Gypsies have been traveling the roads of Britain for hundreds of years, but now only one in 10 Romany's spend their lives on the move.
At an early age (9) many boys work with their fathers, collecting scrap and doing odd jobs. Marriage comes earlier too at 14, by which time the family may have relocated more times than they can remember. Children are born in the Gypsy wagons, and this childhood is not unusual for a Romany traveler.
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Traditional wagons or caravans are part of the heritage of our country and enrich our lives with the diversity and spectacle of a wilder, or freer style of living, every bit as fulfilling as living in a cardboard two up two down box and tied to the clock by a mortgage, which nobody really wants, but then that is the rat race - take it or leave it. Our ancestors simply found an empty cave and went out hunting - what fun. Now we hunt for business - to pay Peter and to pay Paul. The chiefs in the middle clean up while the indians do all the grunt. Gypsies grunt a lot less and don't support a chain of administrators higher up the chain - in fact they opt out, in return for a paper free life with fewer trappings of the modern age. Who is the clever one now?
Featured on this page is a fine example of a traditional large solid Gypsy wagon, superbly fitted with just about every modern convenience for the period: 1930s. These rare vehicles would look just as good on a film set as in a collection of historic vehicles. Alternatively, this wagon offers comfortable accommodation for anyone adopting the Gypsy life - an instant home with several built in advantages - namely, the right to set up home free just about anywhere free of discrimination.
This wagon is divided into lounge, kitchen, toilet/bathroom and bedroom. It comes with a staircase entrance, which leads to the fully equipped kitchen, thence to the lounge (with telly), where a warm, real fire, welcomes you in.
discourse about Gypsy and Traveller communities has a long and
well-established history. An integral element has been the unresolved
tension between the experiences of Traveller and settled communities,
and the relationship between these communities and the state. These
experiences are replicated across England and Wales, with recent media
attention focused on examples in Bournemouth, Bedfordshire,
Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and the London Borough of Newham.
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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is currently consulting on
strategies for managing unauthorised encampments, and the Department of
the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has just published
proposals for the regulation and governance of public spaces. The
implementation of the new duties on public bodies to promote community
relations and race equality under the Race Relations Amendment Act in
May 2002 will also have a bearing on the delivery of goods and services
to the Gypsy and Traveller communities.
THE MAIN ISSUES
the needs, experiences and rights of Gypsy and Traveller communities, particularly in relation to accommodation and economic activity, on the one hand, and
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Gypsies are thought to have arrived on English soil about 400 years ago. Researchers believe they left the Indus valley in northern India in the ninth century and travelled through Persia, reaching eastern Europe about 1,000 years ago. Their language contains Sanskrit, along with parts of the Greek, Romanian and other languages. They have historically moved around the UK, taking up seasonal work such as fruit- and flower-picking. Travellers say one of the main reasons for conflict between their community and the sedentary one is that British society does not recognise the right to a nomadic way of life.
Many non-Gypsies know little more about Gypsy culture than quaintly painted wagons and women who wear large gold-hooped earrings - although many Gypsies have neither. Although there are an estimated 42,000 Gypsy traveller children in England, they have been very much a poor relation in terms of receiving specialist support in schools and in terms of the recognition of their culture within the curriculum. As long ago as 1967, the Plowden reports acknowledged the specific needs of Gypsy traveller children, stating that: "the children's educational needs are . . . extreme and largely unmet . . . They will require special attention and carefully planned action."
HMI reports in 1996 and 1999 raised concerns about the level of attainment of Gypsy traveller pupils, particularly at secondary school level, where attendance rates are lower than at primary school. "In all schools where information was available, over 50% of the Gypsy traveller population were on the SEN [special educational needs] register, and in one school it was 80%. In half the schools, no Gypsy traveller child has yet sat for GCSE," says the 1999 HMI report, Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils.
Voices: The Gypsy's Horse is on Radio 4 at 11.30pm on Friday August 22. The Voices website is at www.bbc.co.uk/kent/voices/ Aiming high: raising the achievement of gypsy traveller pupils - a guide to good practice is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0845 6022260.
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