Ashdon Village Museum
Curator - Glenn Miller
Church Hill - Ashdon - Saffron Walden - Essex CB10 2HF - England UK
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2016

WILLIE SMITH

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.

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.

We think that he left Ashdon with his widowed mother about 1914,
but where they went is unknown.

CAN YOU HELP?

HARRY SMITH  Ashdon bootmaker son of Elijah
1852-1910
married
HANNAH STARR from Radwinter
1858-
¦
J.WILLIAM  Ashdon Photographer
1878-

 


August Bank Holiday
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.

Thank You.


NEW PATIO AREA

The patio area has been updated and an extended flood wall is now in place.

2015

A UNIQUE PORTRAYAL
OF
THE MAD HATTERS
TEA PARTY

"AFTERNOON TEA" WEEKEND

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.

There was 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

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 thereby remember Rodney.

More sad news followed in March with the death of Mrs'Fran' Ripper 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 smart!

 

 


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