Copthorne Archive: June/July 2018
Our new oral history project is underway! Many thanks to Jacquie Barwell for generously donating the audio recording equipment. If you’d like to record your memories of Copthorne – no matter how many years you’ve lived here – we’d love to hear from you.
A message for “Jack”: who left a message for us to contact him – please ring again as your telephone number must have been taken down incorrectly.
Into the Archive A chance encounter with a fellow visitor at the West Hoathly Local History exhibition recently led to us receiving the details of the sale of Akehurst Farm – this sale resulted in the Fairway estate and Fairway Infants School being built. We’ll be incorporating this information into an exhibition we’re putting together for the Copthorne Carnival on Saturday 30th June
– we hope you’ll come and visit our stand (shared with the CVA) and look at our display, share your connections and memories of Copthorne past (and present), and perhaps buy a book or a CD of old photos.
A lot of questions can be raised when we receive a document or photo into the Archive, usually “who?”, “when?” and “where?”, as there’s usually no accompanying information (tip: always identify the people in your photos and date them, even if you think you’ll never forget!).
As no-one responded to our plea last year when we asked if anyone remembered when the police banned the game of bingo in Copthorne, Ann Denman (who many will remember as the proprietor of Anne’s Stores on Copthorne Bank, and later at Homes & Gardens, Borers Arms Road) was invited by the BBC to take part in Woman’s Hour so we’ll post it on our Facebook page in the hope it jogs someone’s memory of this event in 1953.
The Copthorne Archive Facebook page The 1968 Sunday School Nativity photo posted on our Facebook page, and in the last edition of this magazine, very successfully resulted in quite a number of the children being identified. Our latest posting is a local newspaper clipping from Win Cheesmur, showing Win and members of the Copthorne CE School (Junior School) PTA at their Christmas Social, probably about 1957. Do have a look and see if you recognise anyone – expupils from that time will recognise teachers Miss Frances Sullivan and Mrs Marjorie Burton (wife of the headmaster at the time).
Are you new to the Village? Perhaps 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.