Postcard talk thrill

PUBLISHED: 12:21 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 18 June 2010

SCENIC postcards of Branscombe will form the focus of the next winter talk by an ex-villager on Monday. Geoff Squire, son of Stanley Squire, the old village school master, and brother of Kingsley Squire-well known to Sidmouth Herald readers- will talk abo

SCENIC postcards of Branscombe will form the focus of the next winter talk by an ex-villager on Monday.

Geoff Squire, son of Stanley Squire, the old village school master, and brother of Kingsley Squire-well known to Sidmouth Herald readers- will talk about his unique collection of Branscombe postcards.

He will explore landscape, architecture and the changes that have occurred over the years.

Geoff said: "It is a talk really based on old postcard photographs of Branscombe taken between 1900 and 1950. I spent all my early years there and that was during the period just before and during the Second World War.

"I was living there from the mid 1930's to the 1950's so it will be some memories of that period and also the way in which that sort of experience has affected me since that time."

Geoff, who now lives in Reading, has been a keen collector of Branscombe postcards for several years and will be bringing some of them along to the talk.

He added: "There are lots of postcards taken from all sorts of different places-valleys, buildings, pubs, the church and the smithy.

"There is some of the countryside and the landscape so there is a great variety of postcards taken from all sorts of different spots in Branscombe.

"There is a lot I haven't included but the Branscombe Project has a very good collection of postcards-everything I have got and others.

"These photographers left us a record of what they saw and I will be talking about the village through the ages, the change over time and what an extraordinary place it is."

The talk will be held on Monday, March 30 in Branscombe Village Hall at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served and entry is free.


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