Open Day at Great Witley

Our second open day, held at  Great Witley Village Hall, was a great success with a steady stream of visitors coming to visit us throughout the day. We were able to demonstrate how the online map will work and people were able to hear examples of the 20 or so recordings we have made to date. We also displayed a sample of fascinating local photographs and other media which people from the Witleys have provided to us in recent months. More photos and documents were brought in by visitors on the day and we were able to scan these and add them to our expanding archive.

Two local residents, Richard Quarterman and Anne Birkmyre, kindly offered to be interviewed on the day and we look forward to being able to publish their memories in the near future.

We were also delighted that our Harriett Baldwin our local MP, found time to call in to see how the project was going.

Great Witley School joins project

We are delighted that Great Witley School have agreed to work with us on the project. The pupils will record interviews, edit them and help to build our online map.

This is a great way for them to engage in local history, whilst at the same time learning new skills.

Some of the children can be seen here in this Worcester Evening News article talking with Jan Jays from our group about how there involvement in the project.

Chantry School joins project

This month Justin Hughes from the Hive at Worcester is arranging sessions with students at the Chantry and one of the topics he will cover is the historical relationship between Witley Court and the surrounding villages.

Visit to WW1 & WW2 exhibition

Members of the group were kindly invited to see Mr & Mrs Hancocks World War 1 and 2 exhibition at Rowley Farm today.

The collection of memorabilia has been built up of many years and so interesting that several of the group were still there three hours later – there was just so much to see.

Exhibit at Country Fayre

We were pleased to be able to support the Great Witley Country Fayre on 16th June 2014.

We provided a number of large laminated local history photographs which were displayed along the pathway between Bowens Field and the Village Hall and these generated a great deal of interest.

We also provided two  rolling videos, including a talk on local forestry by Bede Howell and a potted history of Great Witley by Judy Henshaw. These were on show all day in the school building.