Welcome to the July 2020 Newsletter and hopefully as you read this more restrictions on daily life have been lifted. The three month lockdown has been a unique moment in the history of the village and one that we have tried to record in the Covid section of the website. Thank you to everyone who sent in their photos to be included on the page.
Today we have added three new photos, all provided by Bev White, who appears in these photos. There is a list of the school prize winners for the year, along with one class photo and one of the entire school. There are some very familiar names in the photos, and there are some gaps, so if anyone can help with any of the missing names, then please get in touch. These photos can be found in the School 1950’s onwards gallery. Thank you Bev for letting us share these images.
We have also added in the last week a section of local archeology that contains some very interesting details about the area surrounding Bluntisham. Thanks to Peter Lusmore for adding all of the details.
As we continue with lockdown we are keen to include photos and articles about how you have faired during the lockdown in our Covid section on the website.
COVID-19 who could have imagined that we would all be confined to our homes for the foreseeable future. Bluntisham has become very quiet. The pub’s closed, the school is closed and the playpark is padlocked and out of bounds.
To give you all something to do over the bank holiday weekend we have put together a Bluntisham general knowledge quiz. The answers will be published on Tuesday 14th April. No prize just a bit of fun!
In 2002, Tom Youd took a series of photographs of the village. Unfortunately Tom passed away in 2019, but his relatives have shared with us more of his photos. This series of photos in the memories section of the website, give an interesting look at some of the landmarks of the village 18 years ago, most of them are still here, but some have changed radically, have a look through the 20 or so photos and see the way the village looked then.
We have added more photographs today and have a lot more new media to add to the website too. Please have a look around the site, we have added new photos to the Residents, Heath, High Street, Farming, Railway and Floods section. We will also be publishing our first newsletter in the next week. If you haven’t already done so. Please subscribe to the newsletter through the site and you will get one delivered straight to your in box.
A huge thank you to Sally Pingree, Jaz Pingree, Sue Crocker, Jo Fawcett & Jackie Cannell for donating their £60 prize money from the pop quiz held in the village hall on Saturday 14th September. The money will go towards recording equipment to be used to capture audio memories as well as written ones.
Thanks again to you generous knowledgeable people!
Firstly a thank you to the folks that attended our first open morning and thank you to everyone for their contributions. The project is starting to take shape and the website is steadily filling up with more and more photographs and documents to explore.
We also now have videos of some local events loaded on the site and thanks to those who allowed us to share, please have a look to see if you feature in any of them.
The website is a work in progress and over the coming months we will be making changes to its structure and navigation, we will keep you posted on how we get on and when we introduce changes to it.
One element of the website that I would like to draw your attention to is the “Forum”. This allows you to log in to the site and to post comments on published articles, open discussion topics within the forum and even submit your own contributions online. Like most websites we will moderate all comments and contributions prior to publication, nothing sinister but we just want to avoid adverts and the odd rogue approach from some chap in Siberia.
The team continue to work on projects and are busy researching, once we have more details in the correct format we will publish them on the website. Some of the things that we are looking in to are – The Old School, Bluntisham and the RAF, Fen Skating, the many Pubs of Bluntisham, the Home Guard, military connections and Bluntisham and the national newspaper archives.
We are looking for anyone who can help with the history of the sports clubs in the village, so if you have any details please get in touch. There is a document on the website that says the Bluntisham Cricket club dates back to 1882!
If you want to join the team and would like to look in to a specific area then please contact us at email@example.com and let us know. We will be planning more open mornings and we will let you know when these are organised.
Thank you again to everyone that attended.