Future Plans for Local History Society
The committee has communicated with representatives of organizations which interact with ours e.g. Village Hall, sites of historic interests, speakers etc. It appears that we will not be able to carry out anything like our normal programme of talks, visits etc. until Corona restrictions are completely lifted. This could be as late as the end of 2021. Whilst this is a great blow, it has opened the door to examining other activities which we could carry out individually or as part of a small group and I am taking this opportunity of contacting you to ask if you could help with, or initiate, such activities e.g.
- We could begin a Living History collection, showing how different sections of our local society functioned during this time of restriction. I have been collecting copies of the local newspaper, Chester Chronicle, each week since the start of the year and will continue to do so until the end of this unusual period. This will be a source of information for local historians in years to come.
- There are many operational sites in the area, which could be contacted by one of our members and could perhaps give a report of how they have altered their operations during this pandemic. Perhaps they could be encouraged to keep a diary of how they have been affected by new practices, e.g. Molly B, care homes, Wheatsheaf, Chester University students/staff, Countess of Chester Hospital, Vicar of Saughall, Mollington and Capenhurst, Chester Zoo, Hospice. If you have any contacts with persons who work in these places, or with other relevant organizations, please let me know.
- Work on an individual project, which could be computer-based e.g. your own family history, the history of your house, history of any Cheshire building, person or event. It would be great to review/display them at future meetings. Carl Stagg is a wonderful example of someone who has completed 5 such projects during the last few months!
If you would like to take part in any of these activities, or suggest any others yourself, please let me know.
NB In the meantime, I have compiled a list of Chester Chronicle newspapers which have inadvertently been lost to recycling. If you happen to have a back copy of any of the 2020 dates shown below, please post it through my door - 12 Willow Lea, Mollington. I will be very grateful.
- Thurs Jan 2 and 9
- Thurs Feb 6 and 13
- Thurs March 19 and 26
- Whole of April
- Thurs May 7 and 21
- Thurs July 16 and 23
Ann Marie Curtis (Hon. Sec.)