Beckingham cum Saundby History Group Open Day - 4th October 2008
The History Group Open Day on 4th October was based on the theme of cottages and cottage crafts.
The displays put together by the History Group included a large collection of old photographs showing cottages in the village (most of which are still standing today although not all easily recognisable from the photographs). Each was accompanied by a short piece of printed information describing some of the more interesting features of the buildings.
In the ‘reading corner’ were the Peter Mason’s files and also a Microfiche machine with Beckingham and Saundby Parish Registers available for the group to view. Albert Philipson ran a rolling slideshow of many of the village cottages and other photographs including the recent Village Hall 60th celebrations and a video made of the day. The web team had a display of web pages in keeping with the theme of the day and also a file with copies of each page (which now run to over 150).
If the displays and quiz did not attract visitors then the authentic kitchen corner with its appetising aroma certainly did. Caroline Thomas worked very hard all day baking in the traditional way, producing an apple tart (using fine local fruit) cooking a meat pie (previously prepared) and baking cottage and tin loaves.
This Open Day saw ‘special visitors’ arrive to see the displays and work by the History Group. Linda Radford and her husband Frank drove over from Lusby near
Spilsby. Linda is the daughter of Jack Taylor, the airman killed in the Second World War, and whose tragic death (along with his Lancaster crew members) was commemorated in Bois D’Arcy, France in 2007. Click here for a link to the web page for more details.
As usual coffee, tea and cakes/scones etc were served throughout the day and finally the bread Caroline had baked was auctioned off for charity. In total £130.00 was raised that included money from the auction and donations which went to the Group’s funds.
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