Invite to an important meeting about a local lottery funded project – from Liz Reeve, Don Gorge Community Group
ORAL HISTORY OF SPROTBOROUGH VILLAGE FROM THE 1920S TO 1960
MEETING: Tuesday 24 April at 7 pm at the Church Hall. Please share this information – we would like as many people there as possible.
This is something I have long wanted to have a go at and, as I have recently been informed that there is Heritage Lottery Funding available for such projects, I am currently making enquiries about proceeding with an application. Even if we do not get a grant, it is still something I would like to do.
The number of people who lived in the village during these years is diminishing and, if something isn’t done soon, all the memories of these people will be lost for ever. So, if you belong in this group or have particular knowledge about the village during these years, you particularly are encouraged to make yourselves and your information known to me – though all villagers will be welcome, as your help will be needed too.
The aim would be to interview people individually, on a multitude of topics related to the period, and record their memories. Two CD copies of these memories would be made, so that each person would have a record of their interview. Photographs would be taken of the interviewees and old photographs would be collected for an exhibition. Perhaps a wall hanging could be created by individuals or groups making squares to represent their organisations or particular memories. Other suggestions would be welcome. Perhaps a book could be written to recognise the individuals who have contributed and which would record the highlights.
There are so many possibilities, but the whole village would need to be behind the project, as it would need to be completed within a year and there will be a great deal to organise.
Unfortunately, the Don Gorge Community Group’s aims have some limitations regarding this project, but Sprotbrough Churches Together has agreed to support this meeting so that the first exploratory step can be taken.
The reason this period and location has been chosen is that all the new estates began to spring up in the 1960s. Until that point, the village was still very much as it had been when the Lord and Lady of the manor died and the Sprotborough Estate was sold in 1924. It’s possible that in future someone else may wish to carry the story on from the 1960s to the present day.
I hope you will all be interested in supporting or taking an active part in this project in whatever way you are able.
As a starting point, if you would like to attend this meeting, you may like to ring or email me, leaving a contact name and number, so that we have an idea of the number of people likely to attend. It would also be helpful to know whether you wish to take part as a helper or as a resident of Sprotbrough during this period who would be willing to be interviewed. However, there will also be an opportunity to register at the meeting so don’t worry if you can’t.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Further information from Liz Reeve
Tel: 01302 313030