Help Wanted, Our First Australian Members and November’s Meeting

This blog may have been a little quiet lately but the Buckland Brewer research goes on. We have conducted our first ‘Your Memories, Our History’ interview and more will follow shortly. We have arranged to digitise some school registers and some of the WI archive. The latter includes a fascinating portrait of life in Buckland Brewer in 1965. We were planning to create a similar snapshot in time next year but have decided to delay this until 2015, so that it falls 50 years after the scrapbook put together by the WI.

Our membership is growing steadily and we would like to welcome our first Australian members. We are already putting people who share research interests in touch.

As I write this on Remembrance Sunday, it appropriate to announce that we will, in company with many other local history groups, be focussing on the First World War next year. A great deal of research on the Buckland fallen, of both world wars, has been done by Dave Watson and we are looking forward to hearing about his research at our November meeting next week. Note the change of day and venue – we will be at Buckland Brewer Village Hall, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th November.

In January, we will have a members’ ‘show and tell’ session. It is not too soon to think about this now. We are looking for 5 or 6 people to offer to talk for 5 or 10 minutes on a history/local history related topic of their choice – maybe something you have discovered about the history of Buckland Brewer or its residents. We also want people to bring photographs, memorabilia or artefacts with a Buckland Brewer relevance, together with a short explanatory caption. This means our far flung members are not let off the hook. Copies of photographs, or pictures of artefacts, short extracts from family histories and so on, can be emailed to us for printing, ready for display at the January meeting.

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