50 years of village life on film

Election day in the 1900's (above) and the Whitchurch Scouts in 1924 (inset)
Election day in the 1900's (above) and the Whitchurch Scouts in 1924 (inset)

The village of Whitchurch now has the rare opportunity to preserve and showcase its history through the eyes of one man.

Maurice Foulger’s archive of material was donated by his family to the Whitchurch Historical Society in 2009 and the group has since been tirelessly working through the footage to be able to offer the public a glimpse into his personal world.

From the celebrations of the Coronation in 1953 to his most recent films of the village annual May Feast, the footage is a fascinating, frank and humorous record of Whitchurch life.

The Historical Society, with the support of Whitchurch and Creslow Community Association and the Parish Council, will be premiering the work on Saturday, April 12 at 7pm in the Legion Hall, Whitchurch.

The free event has already had a tremendous response and is by ticket-only admission, which can be reserved by contacting either Andrew Pain on 01296 640949 or Andrea Scagell on 01296 641586.

The Society is also undertaking the restoration and archiving of a wealth of ephemera relating to the village and its inhabitants. Some of this material will be on display during the evening, including these pictures.