THE PAST’S A BLAST: Vis­i­tors delve into town’s his­tory

Vis­i­tors en­thralled by ex­hibits from times gone by

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­

Film, pic­tures, arte­facts and demon­stra­tions were used to show what life was like when the coun­try was at war with the Ger­man Kaiser, at Christ Church, Red­ford Way, on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Lo­cal his­to­rian and au­thor of ‘Uxbridge Through Time’, Ken Pearce, gave a talk on what life was like in 1915.

Ken was very pleased with how the event went and a lot of in­ter­est was shown in the items on dis­play.

He said: “Far more peo­ple came then ex­pected. Some of the things that are in­ter­est­ing about 1915 are that Northolt aero­drome was be­ing built and Hare­field Hos­pi­tal opened to treat sol­diers.

“A high­light of mine was singing songs from Oh! What a Lovely War around the pi­ano.”

The Hilling­don lo­cal stud­ies sec­tion of the li­brary lent items from their col­lec­tion for dis­play.

Ken de­scribed his favourite item on dis­play as a knit­ting ma­chine of the time.

“It was so cu­ri­ous. I’d never seen any­thing like it be­fore and it even had a half knit­ted sock com­ing out of it.”

Items on dis­play in­cluded the first RAF uni­form used in World War I, toys of the time, and even bed­pans.

One of the events or­gan­is­ers, Doreen Smith, thought the toys went down a storm.

She said: “The young­sters were en­thralled and the model rail­way of the time was en­joyed by big boys and lit­tle boys alike.”

Doreen praised Ken’s talk and de­scribed him as the high­light of the event.

She added: “Every­body wanted to lis­ten to Ken, he’s of course ev­ery­one’s favourite.”

If you didn’t catch Ken this time he will be giv­ing a talk on the Grand Union Canal to the Hilling­don Fam­ily His­tory so­ci­ety who meet ev­ery third Thurs­day at Hilling­don Park Bap­tist Church Hall, Her­cies Road. Doors will open at 7.30pm.

Pho­tos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­ WL152277

DIS­PLAY: Gra­ham Hin­ton walks Jean Penstone who is blind around the ex­hi­bi­tion and shows her the var­i­ous ar­ti­cles through touch. Be­low, vis­i­tors take an in­ter­est in the ex­hibits

SHOW TIME: Syd Wil­son with the Magic Lan­tern. Right,

var­i­ous ex­hibits

IN THE FAM­ILY: Gra­ham and Denise Hin­ton with a photo of Gra­ham’s grand­fa­ther and fa­ther

FAM­ILY CON­NEC­TIONS: Left, David and Thomas Nickolls. Be­low, medals from the fam­ily of Syd Wil­son

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