On Wednesday 10th April 2013 I was fortunate to join 53 other people at the Titchmarsh Clubrooms to hear a remarkable series of accounts of Titchmarsh at war. We were privileged to hear an intimate account of wartime life in the village and learnt about the rationing, blackouts and air raids of the 1940s. These amazing stories were made poignant by the presentations relating to the lives and deaths of individuals within the village, told by their descendants and others who brought the stories to life by making them deeply personal.
We saw old documents and photographs, and along with the information gathered from discussions with villagers, a vivid picture of life during the two world wars was painted. We were told the life stories behind some of the names on the war memorial, and how experiences in the Second World War changed the village forever. It was especially moving to hear from villagers who remember those times. We left the Clubrooms knowing more about the history of the village, but more important we also learnt from the legacy of those who were there then and who are here now, and who generously shared their recollections with us.
Titchmarsh at War – in the Clubroom – Wednesday 10th April 7.30pm
Come and see, hear and experience what we have discovered of our village at war. See the slide show – hear about wartime life in the village and learn about the rationing, blackouts and air raids of the 1940’s. We will bring it all back in an informal presentation, for an hour or so, and then encourage you to share with us your own experiences over a glass of wine and nibbles.
Using old documents and photographs, and the information we have gathered from our discussions with villagers, we have been building up a picture of life here during the two world wars. For example, we now know more about some of the names on the war memorial, and how experiences in the Second World War changed the village forever. We think that you will be surprised at what we have discovered.
If you would like to find out more, or if you too have memories to share with us, then please come along to the Clubroom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th April 2013. It’s all very informal. There is no charge, and the refreshments are free!
We are delighted with our recent acquisition of a variety of photographs and documents which belonged to the late to Raymond Gray. One of these is his Ration book, which we have scanned and is shown here. Full size images can be see in the photo gallery.