Offton Recorder

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Welcome to the village recorder's page for Offton. My name is Silke Pinson-Roxburgh.
If you have any questions regarding past residents or the buildings in the village feel free to contact me
 via the link above.

  On this Recorder's  page you will find information of historical interest concerning the village and its inhabitants.
Hopefully there will be several in the future.

On the weekend of the 30th & 31 August 2014 we held a local history exhibition at the village hall. It turned out to be an excellent event where the many visitors could enjoy displays of old and new photos of people and places around here. The records of the village recorders were part of the display as well as John and Leita Minns's private collection. We also had Robert Atfield's collection of archaeological finds on show. These were very interesting, too. We had a mix of visitors including newcomers to the village, former residents, people with family connections and those interested in adding to their family tree, but there were also total strangers with an interest in local history. It was a great weekend. 

2011 Village Hall Opening 15th October: A lovely sunny day helped in the success of the opening event of the new hall. The elevated position with views across the valley to Willisham set the scene for a grand afternoon with teas and cakes, speeches, and lots of folks from around the parishes as well as invited guests.
District Councillor Steven Wright and County Councillor Julia Truelove as well as Dr. Dan Poulter, MP attended this splendid event.

Percy Thorpe has been involved with the old hall since its opening in 1950 and has been on the committee all those years. He was therefore the perfect man to cut the ribbon to formally declare the village hall open. The audience cheered and toasted him and the new hall.

          Percy died in August 2013 and was buried in the churchyard.

 

 

  • The British Library has made available digitised newspapers on this website http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
    Several national and regional newspapers, including 'The Ipswich Journal', are fully searchable and provide an excellent way of finding snippets about your village, or an ancestor, or an event, or a subject interest you may have.
        Whilst roaming these pages I came across this little amusing story.  A Blast from the Past 1843.pdf
    The young boy mentioned in the article was from Offton. Beaumont Church was baptised in 1832, so he would have been about 11 at the time.

 




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