A group of senior citizens has begun to meet in St Luke's Church to recall our wartime memories at monthly "Sharing Stories" sessions. Our recollections of schooldays, of rationing, even of being bombed, are crystal clear, so we're recording them and shaping them into an exhibition to which local schools will be invited.
"It's vital to pass the memories on, so that the children get a feeling for their heritage," said Carole Sharp, one of the organisers.
In the past, similar projects have given rise to memorable exhibitions and booklets about School Days and the history of the local area, but now there is a whole new generation of children to be reminded of the joys and tribulations of being a child seventy years ago.
Although we're talking about a trying time in our history, we have quite a laugh and sometimes, it gets so animated that we're all talking at once. Artefacts from World War II certainly provoke a reaction: "Some of us have old gas masks in our attics and one or two of us still have air-raid shelters in our gardens," commented Dilys Hudson, a regular participant.
The project has been judged to be so valuable that the Government-run Transformation Fund has awarded it a £4000 grant to cover expenses. The very first purchase was a digital tape recorder to capture all those amazing memories.
If you are interested in learning more about Sharing Stories or want to get involved contact: Carole Sharp 850 980 or Clare Harvey 835 729.