22villages Official Launch - Mon 23rd August, 7.30pm 


You and representatives from your village and all those interested friends are invited to the launch of the 22villages Heritage Project. It will be an opportunity to see what the pilot village, Tuddenham have achieved. To receive your village project pack, apply for the 50 project support and meet representatives of Forest Heath Council and the Press. The event will take place at the FHDC council offices, College Heath Road Mildenhall. It is hoped that every village will be attending, so please let Joe know who will represent your village.
Sit Up and Take Notice
Our online support Notice board promises to be a great success following the support promised by some of the county's top historical experts. The following have kindly agreed to check the notice board regularly and offer helpful suggestions and guidance to villages who post requests on the board:
Gwyn Thomas, head of the Bury Records Office
Mark Barnard, Historical Architecture advisor to Suffolk County Council
Roger Goulding, Forest Heath's expert on all matters relating to nature and the countryside
Colin Dring, a much respected figure in local history circles and our guest speaker at the August Open Meeting
We are delighted that so many experts have already agreed to help you.... SO how can your village make use of this resource? We are asking each village contact (that's probably you!) to visit the notice board at least once a week. Once there check what questions have been asked and answered (these could also benefit your village), post any notices that your village has and see if you can help other villages with their requests. To use this service simply go to www.22villages.org and click on the notice board in the middle of the page. The more your village uses the noticeboard, the more our experts can help and the more successful it will become. The same applies to your village's own real notice board . . .
Eriswell promotes 22villages
The project's display boards were centre stage at Eriswell's Annual Fete on Saturday 17th July. A lot of interest was generated by them and hopefully some new volunteers for the village's contribution to the 22village project. Why not book these boards for your village's next get together? Contact Joe for more details.
Lots to Talk About
Tuddenham has now started working on recording its Oral history by speaking to senior members of the village about their memories of the village in wartime. First to be interviewed by team member Peter Burt was 85 year old Bert Lyes. The 15 minute interview was recorded using one of the 22villages minidisc recorders (available via Joe) and an edited version along with photographs and notes has been published to the new Oral history section of the website. To hear this example of what your village could also do, go to www.22villages.org move your mouse over the sign post and click on the 2nd item "Oral History". You may need to download a free upgrade for your sound player (you need only do this once) and a link is at the bottom of the page, or by being online and clicking here http://microsoft.com/windows/mediaplayer/download/


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