June 2014 update

In the last edition of the TT we mentioned the Heritage Trail. We have now completed a trail that takes in twelve buildings in the village which will help the visitor to get to know something of our history. We will be giving it a run-through with members of the Oundle History Group on 9th June. If you are interested in following the trail yourself at some time, then please contact us.
So much of our work over the last year has involved talking to older villagers in order to record their memories. Such has been the interest in the books that came out of these interviews – especially from people who once lived here but have since moved away – that we are organising a reunion of old villagers. Besides providing everyone with an opportunity to talk about the old days over a cup of tea and cake, our hope is that the get-together will rekindle even more reminiscences and help us to fill the gaps in our knowledge. We have booked the church for 2pm. on Thursday 19th June and will soon be sending out personal invitations.
Our next presentation is entitled ‘Times they were a’changing: Titchmarsh between the wars,’ and will take place at 7.30pm. on 8th July in The Clubroom. Using old photographs and unpublished memoirs as well as material from Titchmarsh Voices and House Histories, we will be looking at the major changes that occurred in village life over the period. One of the people featured, even though she entered the story late on in the period, is someone who was to have an important influence on the school and its pupils. This was Miss Skinner, headteacher and doyen of local folk dancing. Leslie Ray has been looking into the work of Miss Skinner and will be talking – and singing – about her during the evening.
Sheila Holland alerted us to the loss of Miss Skinner’s memorial in the churchyard. It was a wooden cross which had broken and had lost its epitaph. John Gaskin has kindly made a new cross, and a plaque has been ordered so that we can once again ensure that Miss Skinner’s final resting place is not forgotten.
Finally, we are busily gathering together all the available information on those villagers who lost their lives in World War 1 for an exhibition to mark the village’s commemoration in November.

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