History of family life set to go on show

HISTORY will come under the spotlight at Long Marston next month.

Rites of Passage - Life’s Milestones will see the extensive archive and records of the All Saints church and parish go on display on September 10 from 10am to 4pm.

A spokesman for organising group Long Marston Parish History Group, Mo Woolley said: “It is about family life from birth to death, covering christenings, confirmation, marriages etc.

“I am currently collecting wedding dresses and christening robes to put on display.”

There will also be photographs of past weddings from the parish.

In addition on display will be Parish Census records from 1841 to 1911, the 1910 Land Valuation Valuer’s Field Books for Angram, Hutton Wandesley and Long Marston, and guidance on how to trace family trees will be on offer to visitors.

The church itself dates from 1155 with much of its fabric remaining and the villages of Long Marston and neighbouring Hutton Wandesley are mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

And the History Group was set up in 2008 to gather and preserve information and artifacts relating to the Long Marston parish which includes Angram, Hutton Wandesley and Long Marston.

“We hold open days from April until October, when it becomes too cold to be in the church, every year,” Mo added.

Fellow history member Christine Biglin and Mo will be taking part in the sponsored Ride and Stride event which will see them being sponsored to sit in the church on September 10. Money raised provides funds for the upkeep of the building and also the YHC Charity.

The exhibition will also be on display at the last open day of the year on October 8.