Minister's / Elder's Letter
As we have all found out from experience, things that seem a little way off and give us no immediate cause to panic can tend to come around quite quickly to give us a nasty surprise, therefore I’m asking for your help this year on a couple of counts.
2018 is quite significant inasmuch that it marks the centenary of the end of the Great War as well as being a milestone for the suffrage movement. In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed women over the age of 30, who met a property qualification, to vote.
This year’s Heritage Open Days festival event will take place across the two weekends of September the 6th-9th and the 13th-16th. Over these weekends there is a theme of celebrating Extraordinary Women, the theme is in recognition of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act, but alongside celebrating the unique achievements of the suffragists it is aimed to tell the stories of the hundreds and thousands of other women who have changed our lives, in both large and small ways over time.
In respect of our own war memorial window, last year I got in touch with a family in Australia and explored the significance of just a couple of the names on our memorial plaque. As part of our own Remembrance Service this year I had hoped that we could do more research on as many of the other names, maybe even locate some of their families too.
It would be amazing to do something quite special for these events so If you have an interest in Genealogy and/or local history or feel that you would just like to help then please have a word with me the next time you see me.