Looking for information re: WILLIE SMITH
In the early
1900?s Ashdon had it?s own photographer, Willie Smith.
His pictures are signed J.W.Smith `Brookside? Ashdon.
Museum has a number of his photographs and is always on the
look-out for more.
We are also trying to find out more about the man himself.
that he left Ashdon with his widowed mother about 1914,
but where they went is unknown.
Ashdon bootmaker son of Elijah
HANNAH STARR from Radwinter
J.WILLIAM Ashdon Photographer
A Grand Afternoon Tea was held on
Sunday 28th & Monday 29th
and the theme was Beatrix Potter.
The Museum is in
need of BRIC-A-BRAC.
If you can help
please drop it off or if you are local we can collect.
NEW PATIO AREA
The patio area has been
updated and an extended flood wall is now in place.
A UNIQUE PORTRAYAL
THE MAD HATTERS
was held at
ASHDON VILLAGE MUSEUM
on August Sunday 30 and Monday 31 from 2 to 6 pm
in the form of a Mad Hatters Tea Party.
Tea, cake and sandwiches with waiter/waitress service were served.
Special tea cosies were knitted by the volunteers for the occasion
some of which were on sale.
also a Gift and Craft Stall
and a Find the Cheshire Cats trail for children.
Photographs by Gordon Ridgewell
Photographs by Alan Hawkes
Rodney Heath died on New Years Day 2014 and his death has
affected the museum in many ways.
We shall of course miss him being present each Sunday,
and his advice and
knowledge regarding rural bygones was invaluable. In his
will the museum
is the residual legatee which will mean that financially
we should receive a
very generous amount. The exact figure will become clear
by the Autumn at
which time we will decide how best to appropriate it and
More sad news followed in March with the death of
Sible Hedingham. Fran and her late husband Stephen had
been loyal supporters of the museum for nearly 20 years. When the
'Friends' were formed back in 1999 Stephen & Fran were the first to join
and they have
headed our mailing list ever since. We have many reasons
to be grateful to them both and they will be remembered for all their
help over the years.
The Winter, as we all know, turned out to be the wettest
on record. Fortunately Ashdon fared better than many places and although
water lay in the fields for weeks on end and the river ran very high the
museum survived without being flooded. The exterior of our premises
began to have a
neglected look as a result of the weather and in need of
a facelift. We
employed a local decorating firm who have made an
excellent job of the paintwork and museum volunteers have now sorted out
the garden and
outside furniture. All in all the place now looks very
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