Copthorne Archive August 2017
OUR LATEST EXHIBITION – the Archive team had a lovely time at the Carnival and those who visited our stand enjoyed our display, appropriately titled “Around the Village Green”, which featured the old Vicarage (demolished because it was too large, damp and difficult to manage, not having an electricity supply), the Lych Gate previously located on the Village Green, plus a 1968 Sunday School Nativity photo, and other documents recently received into the Archive.
We enjoyed chatting to people on the day, and sold a few books and CDs; if you’d like a copy of our book Copthorne, the story so far, a copy can be yours for £10 – 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. Our CD ‘Copthorne Village History Archive CD (Vol 1)’ plus the Parish Map are both available, both £5.
Into the Archive: The family of Mary and Gordon Curtis has donated a lovely framed photo of the shop, previously known as ‘Vigar’s’, which formed part of our ‘Around the Village Green’ exhibition. Next time you pop into McColls, take a minute to look past the front extension, there’s a lovely house behind it!
The family has also given to the Archive a DVD of a 1965 cine film of Mary and the Copthorne WI creating a wonderful float on a lorry for the East Grinstead Carnival, travelling along Brookhill Road and Copthorne Bank and on to East Grinstead, where they won first prize! We’ve named a few of the participants, and hope to show the film at a WI meeting later in the year.
Progress at the Archive: Work will shortly start on creating the shelving in the loft space at The Hub, where we’ll store the boxes containing archived documents, photos, etc.
New project: oral histories. The time has come to start a new project by conducting interviews with people to record their experiences, memories and thoughts, to be preserved for future generations – we do have a couple of recorded interviews taken in 2000, and they are fascinating. However, our team is quite small and we need to expand. If you have an interest in local history, plus IT skills, and would like to be part of this interesting project please do get in touch.