Well, the Union Jack has been around since 1801 – it’s bound to look a little dog-eared!
Two trips down memory lane… Sharing local history via Jubilee exhibitions
May 10, 2012  //  By:   //  Events, Jubilee
Victoria Poolman

Bio: Having written for a range of trade and consumer publications, Victoria brings her love of all things local to the role of HugoFox News Editor.

Victoria Poolman

Well, the Union Jack has been around since 1801 – it’s bound to look a little dog-eared!

As the central weekend of the Diamond Jubilee inches nearer, people all over Britain are getting ready to celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign. But it’s not only the nation’s overall past that’s important. Each UK community has its own unique history, with many wonderful and fascinating people and events to commemorate over the past 60 years. That’s why the residents of Whitchurch and of Ashford Hill and Headley are seeking memorabilia for Jubilee exhibitions, which will showcase the lives of local people and the changing face of their communities since the Queen’s coronation in June 1953.

 On 12-4pm on Monday 4th June, Ashford Hill and Headley are marking the Diamond Jubilee with a ‘Big Lunch’ at Ashford Hill cricket ground. Inspired by the Eden Project’s Big Lunch initiative – part of the nation’s official Jubilee celebrations – the event will involve families, friends, and neighbours bringing and sharing food in a joyful act of community spirit.

Along with a hog roast, races, a bouncy castle, and a regal headwear competition, the Ashford Hill & Headley Big Lunch will host a display of photographs and memorabilia, telling the story of life in the villages from 1953 to today. The display of course relies on the community’s participation, and the organisers are presently seeking items to make up the exhibition. So if you are a resident of Ashford Hill or Headley, take a look in that attic and see what you can find! Old family photographs (yes, even that awkward one where everyone has their eyes closed), local pamphlets, retro accessories, or even Auntie Maisie’s old bloomers – pull them out, dust them off, and get in touch with Jane Baikie (01635 268525) or Karen Parker (karen.parker42@btopenworld.com) about loaning them for the display.

Whitchurch residents, too, should have a rifle through their cupboards, for the town will also be holding a Jubilee exhibition on Saturday 2nd June. The organisers are seeking items such as ration books, old tools, binoculars, and shaving gear (someone is even bringing in the TV they watched the coronation on!) in order to form a ‘Whitchurch Timeline’, showcasing the community’s post-WWII history. On 2nd June, selected objects will be displayed at The Gill Nethercott Centre and possibly in other venues around the town.

If you live in or around Whitchurch and have something that could be included, please take it along to the Gill Nethercott Centre on Sunday 6th May from 10am onwards (heavier items can be collected; just call 01264 892837). Those who just want to go and have a preview of the exhibition are also welcome to come along!

Not a resident of Whitchurch, Ashford Hill, or Headley? There’s no need to feel left out – why not organise a similar exhibition in your own area? Spreading the word is easy with HugoFox.com, where you can register and list your event for free. What’s more, HugoFox News is always keen to let our users know about local happenings – so make sure to get in touch!

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