Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Archive evening brings back memories

Looking back
A successful Archive Evening was held on Saturday 13 March at the village hall in Old Buckenham. The local rector David Hill was the compere for the event. There were two main attractions for the evening which resulted in nearly a hundred people turning up. The East Anglian Film Archive was there to show a specially selected program of local films ranging from an early 1926 commercial for Coleman’s starch to the 1970s when someone in Old Buckenham was featured making sculptures from scrap iron. Morecombe and Wise were seen wise-cracking in a TV interview promoting their summer show, a wartime special showed how a hard-working Norfolk farmer was using all the ‘latest’ techniques to provide the country with corn and other crops while another newsreel item recorded customers in Old Buckenham’s “Sun” pub in Ragmere Road on their last evening before it closed down.
Many people and local organisations had also brought along memorabilia for others to see. They were mainly photographs showing how Old Buckenham used to be – collections of local postcards, the log books of Old Buckenham Women’s Institute, reports of village shows pictures of the children’s playground and some of the official parish records of births and deaths. Further support showing local people and places was provided by the Attleborough Heritage Group and material from the New Buckenham archive.
There was also a short prize-giving when the winners in the recent competition for the best photos of the village’s specially-designed cloth shopping bags in use were presented by the editor of the village newsletter.
With the help of a large raffle and some tasty refreshments this was a most enjoyable and educational evening that has raised useful funds of around £400 to be shared between the upkeep of the village hall and All Saints Church.

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