Copthorne Archive Summer 2017
COME AND SEE US AT THE CARNIVAL ON 24TH JUNE. We’re sharing a marquee with the CVA, so
look out for our flags fluttering in the summer breeze, we hope, not drooping in the rain like last year!
We’ll have a little exhibition on show and we’d love to see you if you would like to donate or lend any
photos, documents, deeds etc, or if you would like to talk to us about your memories of Copthorne.
There will be supplies of our book Copthorne, the story so far. Produced by the Copthorne Village
Millennium Group in 1999, the book contains over 200 fascinating pages of history and photographs of
the village and its residents – a copy can be yours for £10. Also Copthorne Village History Archive CD (Vol1) plus the
Parish Map will be on sale, both £5. Into the Archive: Thanks to Bill Woodcock we’ve now scanned the hand-written
Minute Book for the Copthorne Brass Band (later Silver Band) for the years 1908 to 1928. We look forward to
extracting some items of interest about the Band’s activities in those years.
Simon Hill has passed us boxes of old Parish Magazines together with a box of interesting stuff, which includes the
Sunday School account book for the years 1955 to 1968. The early years are recorded by Miss Gwen Gosling, the
Sunday School teacher, with the annual outing to Littlehampton, including names of children and parents, and
stapled to each page are the invoices and receipts for the coach, the refreshments and the Butlins funfair. Two of the
Archive team remember going on those exciting trips; leaving Copthorne by coach, stopping off for
refreshments en route, and the excitement of arriving at the seaside clutching our yellow vouchers for
‘free’ rides at the funfair. An outing in 1964 went to London, to Westminster Abbey and a boat trip up the Thames to
see the Cutty Sark, and in 1968 a trip to Chessington was planned. Lovely days!
Progress at the Archive: In the last edition we wrote about the sale of part of the Rowfant Estate in 1925, and appealed
for a copy of the Plan which would have accompanied the sales particulars – success, we now have a copy! We also
heard from a Copthorne resident who may live at the house described as Lot 21, and we’re waiting to hear further
information from them.
During the year we’ve been spending some of the money we received from the 2016 Carnival Raffle, and are excited to
have just bought a colour printer, so our little room is now very well equipped.
Finally, our thanks go to Simon Hill for helping us achieve our ambition for an Archive in Copthorne, and we wish
him and Barbara good luck as they leave Copthorne.