Monday 18 March 2013

Mammoth bones and milk bottles

There are lots of good things to report since my last blog report.

The plans for the launch and party on the 18th May are taking shape. We now know what we are doing. If all goes well, we should expect a good attendance, so the aim of making the community aware of the Project will be achieved. As well as being an entertaining afternoon, we hope to recruit many people to interview at the event.

The University of Hertfordshire is promising a video booth - not sure exactly how it will work but it should be fun. One of the table displays we are planning is of local memorabilia - things of interest that have been unearthed around Sopwell. We have a promise of mammoth bones found in Watling Street and milk bottles from Sopwell Mill farm so far! If you have found anything in your house or garden or allotment, please let us know.

To encourage children to attend, we are also planning a painting competition with the theme of Sopwell. I am determined the children should know about Sopwell's history.

We have taken delivery of two splendid portable banners which we can set up at suitable occasions, though, at present, when I take them around, I have to find a "nice young man" to put them up as I cannot reach and I'm not allowed to stand on anything.

The business cards have arrived now and the leaflets are in the process of being designed. And we are all set up with the digital recording equipment. We have devised some initial questions and we are planning some oral history interview techniques training. Contact with Mandeville school is progressing and St Peter's school is keen to take part too.

With regard to personal progress, I am now starting to get out and about on my new hip. I am still a bit wobbly but this will improve over time.

It's all happening!

Sandy Norman

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