Redlynch and District Local History Society held its annual Exhibition on October 8th and 9th, at Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Village Hall. This year the theme was ‘Redlynch – the Past 20 Years’ to link with our 20th anniversary.
Photographs and articles, selected from our large collection of resources, revealed how many changes have occurred recently within the Parish. To name just a few, Redlynch is now within the New Forest National Park, two shops, two pubs and one of the schools have closed and the local postman uses a van instead of his bicycle.
Another display traced the development of the Society, illustrating the various activities in which it has been involved during the past twenty years. Apart from monthly meetings, visits and annual exhibitions, our projects have included recording the graves in St Mary’s Churchyard, producing a village trail, studying properties, cataloguing photographs to make them more accessible and taking part in the New Forest Remembers WW1 project. Publications produced include The Redlynch Reviews, ‘The Redlynch Book’ and ‘Redlynch 2000’.
Our recently published book ‘Life in the Redlynch Area 1914–19’ was available to purchase. It was compiled by various members of the Society following a very successful Exhibition in 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
We were also able to borrow two displays; ‘Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects’ and ‘New Forest Remembers World War 1’, which featured our own panel on ‘Redlynch’s Call to Arms’.
On Saturday evening a special reception to celebrate our anniversary was held for members and invited guests. Guest of honour was Pat Millington, who founded the Society in 1996.
Approximately 180 visitors attended the Exhibition and there was a lively ‘buzz’ in the hall. Visitors, as always, were amazed at the wealth of information available. It was a successful and enjoyable weekend, which also provided a good opportunity to promote local history.
Redlynch & District Local History Society