Local MP and Minister for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, helped launch Bonsall’s history walking guides on Sunday May 19. Peter Greaves, Chair of the History Group, gave a brief introduction in which he thanked residents for getting involved in the project and noted that the guides are in memory of Councillor John March.
After a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, the History Group worked with graphic designer, Jonathan Ogilvie,
to use information from the Bonsall history book, together with information and feedback from villagers who testwalked
the trails, to produce the six beautifully illustrated guides.
Villagers who attended the event were given their free pack of guides and those who were unable to attend should have received their complimentary copy by the time you read this. The History Group is now collecting villagers’ memories of growing up in Bonsall over the last 80 years for a new book Bonsall within living memory.
The launch event in the Village Hall included a display of photographs from the landscape photography workshop by Ina Daisley and Alex Hyde, a slide show of project events and old photos of the village, together with refreshments. The event was opened by the Chair of the History Group and local MP and Minister for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, gave a short speech in support of the project. Approximately 120 residents attended the launch and received a free pack of the guides. The project was completed within the planned timeframe and budget and has involved an estimated 200+ residents in the village, including families with young children who have previously not been involved in the history of
the village. Other residents have become interested in the project and joined the history group or offered assistance with preparation of a new book Bonsall within living memory.
Overall, the project has succeeded in encouraging a wider appreciation of Bonsall’s history, while also encouraging residents to benefit from the exercise and fresh air when walking the history trails.
If you have lived in Bonsall between the 1930s and 1980s and want to help, please get in touch with Brenda Greaves firstname.lastname@example.org