Beckingham History Group Open Day - 7th October 2006
The Open Day was held at the Recreation Room on High Street from 11.00am to 3.30pm and during the day between 180 and 200 people passed through the doors.
The main theme for the Open Day from the History Group was 'Streets of Beckingham' and there were old photographs on display showing Beckingham in the early 1900s. Many of the photographs (from Peter Mason's collection) had been taken by Miss Julia Tong who lived at The Spinney on Low Street. She came from a wealthy family who were big land owners in and around Beckingham and Tong's Wood still exists today. The Web Team were also there on the day to promote the site and talk to people to gain more material for future pages.
Visitors on the day were encouraged to bring in their old photographs and other memorabilia and a wonderful framed poster (click here to view) was brought in by Peter Hepton. The poster advertised the forthcoming auction of Pear Tree Hill Farm at The White Hart Hotel in Gainsborough on 17th February 1903, and had been donated by Steve Hardy from The Croft who has since left the village.
Some visitors on the day had since left the village, such as Peter Elmes who had lived at Marsh Farm (since demolished) and Alan Williamson from Thistle Farm. Alan Williamson recalled letting his field out to the village and school prior to the Village Playing Field being created and Peter Elmes recalled his days of 'Scrumping' at a nearby farm. Canon Levick was another welcome visitor who had been involved in the consecration of Beecher Lane and Peter Jackson who had helped build the Millenium Stone feature on The Green.
Albert Phillipson held an ongoing slideshow with old and new photographs of Beckingham and Saundby which included photographs that have been used by The History Group in the Beckingham and Saundby 2007 calendar. The Open Day was a launch for this and shows the 'Old' and 'New' Beckingham and Saundby through the seasons. The calendars had been specifically designed and created for the residents of Beckingham and Saundby and every household is to receive a complimentary copy.
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