Whilst there are a few weeks between now and October, I thought it a good time to start promoting the Great Gidding History Day. If you are visiting friends and/or family over the summer please take the opportunity to mention that we are seeking photos and documents connected with Great Gidding to build up a picture of people, places and events over the last 100 years. The History Group are planning to copy any items that are brought along on the day so that you do not have to leave precious/valuable items with us. Please bring all historical items /photographs – even if you know or think we have seen them before, because the quality of our scanners / digital cameras is now much better than we had ten years ago. On the day, if you are willing to lend us items that have been made or used in the village, we would like to put them on display.
Filling the gaps
One of our aims is to build a history of each house in the village. Patrick Ellis has carried out a lot of research and there are a few “gaps” that he would like to fill in and these are the following:
• House on West side of Main Street (No 77) just below Veazey's shop and opposite Mill Lane and occupied at one time by Smith family.
• Manor Farm at bottom of Main Street, opposite the Baptist Chapel
• The cottages where the Alexander's house is now (No 62) and directly opposite the Faulkner's cottage
• We would also like a good photo of what was called Mill Farm or Chapel End Farm, opposite Chapel End pond.
• There were also some cottages to the south of the Jitty and just next to the Baptist Chapel where there used to be an orchard.
A Gidding evacuee's story
There has recently been correspondence with someone who was evacuated to Gidding during the war and his memories will be typed up and displayed on the day.
Most of all we would like residents past and present to come along on the day. Further details will follow in the September issue of the Parish News, and on the website, but please start looking through photo albums and boxes at the back of the wardrobe now.
Contact Julie Trolove on 01832 293591 for more information.
Venue: Great Gidding Village Hall