Needham and Brockdish Heritage



A big THANK YOU to all of you who managed to struggle through the snow and ice to attend the launch meeting of the Needham & Brockdish Community Heritage Project at the Waveney Heritage Centre in Brockdish. Twenty enthusiastic volunteers from the two villages agreed to go ahead with this exciting community heritage project, including a number of people with previous experience of researching their homes and/or families both online and at the Norfolk archives who are willing to share their skills and knowledge. Elaine Murphy talked about her experiences of researching and writing her book on the history of her home: The Moated Grange in Brockdish, we heard some great stories about some of the characters who lived in the villages in the past, and some of the older properties whose owners have looked into their history. We still need a co-ordinator for the Brockdish end of the project, someone who is willing to take notes of our monthly volunteer meetings and distribute them via e mail, plus a volunteer to set up a facebook page for the project and start planning and collecting material for a website.

We expect to hear if we have been successful with our bid to the Heritage Lottery ‘Sharing Heritage’ Fund by the first week of April, and so we agreed to meet next on Sunday 15th April at 2.30pm to set out a strategy for the project based on whether we have received funding or not. Either way we will aim to start researching the history of both our communities by copying and cataloguing all the research material, information, photos, property deeds, legal documents and memorabilia which individual residents in Needham and Brockdish already own or have uncovered. WE WILL THEREFORE BE INVITING RESIDENTS OF BROCKDISH AND NEEDHAM TO BRING ALONG ANY DOCUMENTS OR MEMORABILIA THEY OWN TO A SPECIAL SESSION AT THE WAVENEY VALLEY HERITAGE CENTRE IN MAY. This material will become the basis for a new Local History Archive based at the Waveney Valley Heritage Centre. Once we have established what historic documents and materials already exist in people’s private collections we will launch a research programme into people, places and events from the past.

NEXT VOLUNTEER MEETING: SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2.30PM AT THE WAVENEY VALLEY HERITAGE CENTRE, (FORMER BROCKDISH PRIMARY SCHOOL), GROVE ROAD, BROCKDISH

Anyone aged from 15 years upwards is welcome to come along - you don’t need to live in either village and no previous research experience is required, just an interest in discovering more about the history of your local community, and some time to spare. If you can’t attend the meeting on 15th April but wish to get involved in the project then please email the co-ordinator Stephen Poulter on stephenjp@talktalk.net


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