Historic Photograph Exhibition 24th, 25th August at Catherington Church Hall
Local resident Sara Schillemore will be holding her sixth exhibition of historic local photographs in Catherington church hall over the bank holiday weekend Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August from 10am until 4pm each day. She has built up an extensive collection of photographs over the years some over 100 years old and it is a popular event locally. People come quite a distance, from Wales and Yorkshire to visit and there is always the chance that you can meet up with old friends you haven’t seen for years or family members.
Folk love to come and see the villages as they were and see pictures and of the area where their house was built. Families are becoming more aware of their family history too. Four years ago Sara saw two ladies become aware that they were cousins. Both lived locally but were unaware of any relationship until they both identified the same man as their Uncle.
Sara also arranges a selection of some of the church records from All Saints, Catherington and St James, Clanfield to be on display. This year she also hopes to have records from Holy Trinity, Blendworth. These records are irreplaceable and therefore priceless, she asks that if you want to look through them and copy any entries from them you should bring paper and a pencil as an ink pen is not to be used near them. Sara says, ‘People love to look through the records and see the history of their family unfold. People today have no idea of the high mortality rates in infancy 150 years ago. Quite often a baby would be baptised within a week of birth and then die within a matter of days. The family would recover from their loss and a year later, have another child. If it was the same sex it was often named with the same name as the lost child, in remembrance. This can cause quite a bit of confusion to amateur historians until you get the hang of it’.
Hundreds of photographs from Clanfield, Catherington, Lovedean and Blendworth will be on display and tea and coffee will be available. Entry is £1 and the proceeds go towards the upkeep of Catherington church, a beautiful grade two listed building.