The aims of the group are to protect, preserve and promote features of the heritage of Speen, and the committee are busy working on various projects.
They have identified several key elements of the heritage related to the wood-turning industry, the tradition for lace-making and also the background of religious non-conformism which have all influenced the development of the village. In addition there is the brick and flint architecture and use of other local materials reflected in many of our buildings and in a broader context the local beechwoods and our natural environment. An attempt to produce a Village Design Statement was made in 2007, and the Heritage Group recently discovered a website created to support that attempt; you can see it by clicking here .
A considerable amount of research was carried out in the past by Bob Johnston and Martin Stockley much of which is recorded in the Leaves of Time (Updates Here). However the committee are still interested in hearing from anyone in the village with historical records or any artefacts that would be of local interest.
We are looking into the possibility of producing a guided heritage trail leaflet and possibly historical plaques for our more significant buildings amongst other schemes. We would also like to be able to collect old photographs of the heritage that could be utilised in an exhibition display. We are also looking ways of preserving old records that have already been collected. Click for Index
If you have an interest in this subject or have contributions please contact Peter Symonds in the first instance. (01494 488016 or Symonds@speen10.freeserve.co.uk. Whilst we have no funding at present we hope to progress some of these ideas over a period of time.
On 26th July 2012 the Heritage Group held their first event, organised by David Flynn, this was a guided walk through the ancient woodland at Piggots and a tour of what is now home to the renown Music Camp but has previously been the residence of Eric Gill. A group of 26 people came to be guided round by Nick Wheeler Robinson – an article about the walk appeared in the Summer 2012 edition of the Speen & North Dean News.
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