The Ewelme Society
Report for the year May 2012/13
The illustrated booklet - Ewelme – A Romantic Village – based on the old Prister-Cruttwell history is the Society’s main fund raiser still retailing for £2 per copy. It is proving to be very popular with visitors at the local shop and at village events.
Copy is prepared for every issue the Ewelme News using information from the Archive. A small number of older villagers are still to be interviewed and their memoirs recorded. The late George Cannon’s local history documents were kindly donated to the Society by his family, and are slowly being worked through and archived.
The Society’s main activity over the last year has been the project to provide a fitting and permanent memorial to George Cannon at the school. To this end, Mary Kelly Gaines has formed a small group and it was decided to commission a free standing stained glass memorial. With the head teacher’s co-operation the design and size has been chosen, and a suitable window sill found at the school. The artist is in the process of preparing a draft, and fund raising schemes and methods for collecting donations are in hand. The committee has already agreed to fund the work to date if the project fails to proceed.
The Victoria County History Trust’s project on the Ewelme Hundred is progressing. Assistance is provided to the historians and researchers when requested. A draft document is in preparation and there are approximately sixteen 17th century buildings still to be examined internally if the residents will allow access.
At least one or two members try to attend every Parish Council meeting to monitor village activities. The Society has also been represented at the group discussing the future of the Church Fields and allotments. The committee agreed that it would be a shame to lose the allotments as a village amenity, and would be prepared to consider a donation to a scheme that could help retain them.
Secretary – The Ewelme Society
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