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Village memories of days gone by to go on display in charity exhibition

PUBLISHED: 06:30 26 March 2016

Mundham Garden House. Picture: Submitted.

Mundham Garden House. Picture: Submitted.

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Villagers past and present are to feature in a new charity exhibition.

Seething School. Picture: Submitted.Seething School. Picture: Submitted.

The photographic display, in aid of The Big C Appeal, will open at Seething Village Hall in May and include hundreds of pictures from both Seething and the neighbouring village of Mundham.

Around 40 display boards and albums full of pictures and records will be available for people to sit and enjoy, including snaps of farming, schools, sports, shops, pubs and weddings.

Wartime photos showing the children’s parties and dances on the American First World War base will also feature.

Organiser Pat Everson, who owns hundreds of photographs, said the exhibition is the last one before the village collections will hopefully be placed in the Norfolk Archives.

She said: “I try and do the exhibition through the years and show a selection of photos that cover all aspects of it.

“The buildings have all changed, there used to be three football teams here and now there is only the bowling green. There was the original thatched clay lump school, which has been replaced with a modern one.

“Both villages have 
jointly shared the school, village halls and 
playing field, sports teams and Home Guard, but they had their own pubs, the Mundham Garden House and Seething Cherry Tree, which are both now private homes.

“The earliest photo is probably from just after the First World War as it is of farming scenes and some of the workers are wearing army clothing.

“There used to be several farms, some who employed around 16 men at one time, and also two fruit farms. In the 1920’s women came out from Norwich by bus to join the local women and pick soft fruit, and during the Second World War 
village schoolchildren 
were given two weeks off to help save the fruit due to adults being involved with war work.”

The exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, from 10am until 4pm, with admission £3 for adults and donations welcome.

Items are needed for the tombola and can be left at the post office in Seething or at Stanmare in Seething Street, Seething.

Help is also needed with refreshments, call Mrs Everson on 01508 550787, email p.everson448@btinternet.com or call fellow organiser Dot Kent on 01508 550451 to help.

Do you have any old pictures from your town or village? Email louisa.lay@archant.co.uk

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