Branscombe Project brings village’s past to life

Branscombe parish church. Ref shb 3561-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Branscombe parish church. Ref shb 3561-37-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Branscombe’s past came to life in an interactive new exhibition.

The Branscombe Project organised the event in Branoc Hall, showcasing the village over the centuries.

Displays included collections of flint tools and Roman finds, photographs of St Winifred Church’s flower festival, old variety nights and an exhibit in honour of the late former Herald reporter and journalist Kingsley Squire, who grew up in the village.

A tea party was held on the first day, which featured recipes found in an old cookbook compiled by Branscombe women, dating back to the 18th century.

Barbara Farquharson, chairperson of the Branscombe Project, said: “The biggest draw was the interactive projected map of some 200 people’s favourite places and landscapes.

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“At the tea-party, cakes were provided by project members and the WI and entertainment by Val Howels, soprano, Edwin Purchase, with his evocative rendition of Drink up thee Cider, Emily Miller on her ukulele, and two youngsters demonstrating hip-hop dancing.

“Whether tea party or exhibition, there was something for everyone.”

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Other exhibits included postcards from James Lockyer, of the Norman Lockyer Observatory, to his adopted son, who lived in the village, 50 years of village fishing, and a retrospective display about businessman Guy Bentley’s years in charge of the Old Bakery.

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