Monday, 4 June 2012

ASH THROUGH 60 YEARS - A JUBILEE SUCCESS

Our Queen's Jubilee Display - Ash through 60 years -  proved a great success.
The Heritage Centre was full throughout the afternoon - with regular members - and visitors who'd recently become aware of our work.
The exhibition showcased a treasure trove of photos, demonstrating how village life has changed dramatically during Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
We ran a CD of the 1955 Ash Flower Show (with Gymkhana) throughout the event. We all agreed: it would have been shut down in less than two minutes under modern Health and Safety regulations!
Ann Foat was on hand to answer questions and respond to comments. Nearly all were complimentary, and we hope we'll see even more supporters at our forthcoming events.
The pages below show photos of the displays, to give a flavour of the exhibition.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the displays. We couldn't have made them look so good without you.

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Ash in the 21st century. Note the new estates (left) and
the Village Hall centenary (bottom right)

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The campaign for a village by-pass (top left) became a priority in the early 1990s, as foundations shook while juggernauts regularly thundered down The Street

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Ash in the 1980s, celebrating landmarks

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 Pictures of the old Cartwright and Kelsey primary school, the St
Nicholas church choir - and the bellringers

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The 1950s saw considerable improvements in recreational facilities.
The opening of the cricket pavillion (centre) was probably the most important.

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Ash as it used to be, including several shops long since closed

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More of the village in the 1950s, showing the development of Chilton Field (bottom left) and the Beating of the Parish Bounds ceremony (Main pic - top right)

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 How Ash greeted the Queen's coronation

Friday, 1 June 2012

VISITOR STATS/CHANGE OF WEB ADDRESS

Our visitor figures show more than 1200 'hits' on the site in the past year. Thank you to everyone who has visited and we hope you've found us informative.
Our web address has also changed slightly, as of today. Our new address is:
ashheritage.blogspot.co.uk
Please use this from now on, instead of the old .com address. Thank you.