Saturday 4th October was a landmark day for the History Society as the day of our book launch had at last arrived!
It seemed like an absolute age, though in reality, from project commencement to launch of the 352 page book, with nearly 500 photos professionally laid out (with the help of a dedicated designer from Lavenham Press), 20 months is not a long time. There was of course a huge amount of work undertaken by LWHS trustees with much assistance from our willing volunteers - we really couldn't have completed the task without them.
The book is now on sale and thankfully has been extremely well received, as the following unsolicited quotes demonstrate:
Jenny Antill (Suffolk County Councillor), from her blog entry dated Tuesday October 28th 2014
This week I collected our copy of the recently published Little Waldingfield, Our village history from 1840 to 2014. I have to say that it is one of the best produced books on local history that I have seen.
A sequel to Harry Clive's book, Beyond Living Memory, which documents the history of the village up to 1840, the book is a fascinating collection of pictures, reminiscence and fact. Organised thematically, there are chapters, among many other topics, on Village Development, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Pubs and Clubs and Little Waldingfield at War. Some of the photographs are truly stunning, all are interesting, and the book promises many happy hours for the historically inclined.
The publication is a real credit to the Little Waldingfield History Society, who received a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund towards the costs of production. The money must have been important and a great help, but what is really impressive is the amount of work that was clearly put in by the five authors of the book. They modestly hide their identities away on almost the very last page, but I feel that I should give them full credit here. So congratulations to Susan Moore, Diana Langford, Andy Sheppard, Sue Sheppard and Dennis Duffy.
Barbara Eeles (Suffolk Free Press) from her Feature dated 16th October 2014
Nothing puts flesh on the bones of history like seeing it through the eyes of those who were there. So when villagers wanted to tell the story of their community, memories of friends and neighbours spanning more than 80 years were crucial.
The oldest contributor to Little Waldingfield's village history was 102 when she shared her recollections. In 350 glossy pages, it covers everything from buildings and development to farming, from sports and the village school to the effects of two world wars. And every penny raised by sales will go towards preserving the village's St Lawrence Church.
Little Waldingfield Suffolk, Our Village History From 1840 to 2014 is on sale priced £18.00 collected or £21.00 posted, and is available from Andy and Sue Sheppard on 01787 247980 or Di Langford on 01787 248298.