Copthorne Archive Autumn 2017
Into the Archive James Denman has shared with us a letter from the BBC to Mrs Ann Denman (who many will remember as the proprietor of Anne’s Stores on Copthorne Bank, and later at Homes & Gardens, Borers Arms Road). Ann was invited by the BBC to take part in Woman’s Hour, in January 1953, for which she was to be paid 2 guineas, plus 9s 2d for her train fare, for a slot of approximately 3 minutes in the section entitled ‘Behind the Headlines’. The reason for this invitation? Apparently the game of bingo had been forbidden by police in Copthorne! Very intriguing, does anyone know more about this?
New Project! Our oral histories project is about to take off, so shortly we’ll be contacting people who’ve previously expressed an interest in taking part. Participants don’t have to have been born in Copthorne, anyone who lives here and has memories will do! Perhaps you came to Copthorne in the 1960s or 70s when the new estates were built in the post-war building boom; we’d love to know why you chose Copthorne and what you thought about the village, etc.
Progress at the Archive We now have just over 500 items on our database. They range from photos of past Carnivals and cine films of Cub football matches, to invoices from local shops – the more mature among us might remember when a paid invoice had to have a postage stamp applied. We’ve been surprised by the number of different photographs taken in Copthorne which were made into postcards and were available to buy right up to the 1970s. We’ve also added a number of photos and documents which the Copthorne Village Millennium Group used in the writing of the book, Copthorne the story so far, in 1999.
We welcome Jill, Allison, Terry and Kathy to our team of volunteers, doing various tasks with the Archive.
We now have a Facebook page: The Copthorne Archive, where we’ll post updates. You may not know about a Facebook page called ‘Friends of Copthorne Old Photos’ which has been going for several years – it’s well worth a look if you’re interested in how Copthorne was in years gone by.
If you’d like a copy of our book Copthorne, the story so far, it 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 also available, both £5.