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Thriplow Smithy 1930s

In 1989 a local landowner decided to dispose of the contents of the village museum housed in one of his barns because the building had been rendered unsafe by the great gale of October 1987.  Bill Wittering met with a number ofinterested people, Dr Ken Joysey, Arthur Rowe, Geoffrey Axe, David Easthope and Bill Wittering.  They decided to form a museum committee.  Their first meeting was 16th June 1989 and in 1991 Richard Webber became its first secretary and Peter Speak was invited to become the first Chairman of the newly named Thriplow Society. By the beginning of 1992 Richard Webber resigned as secretary owing to pressure of work and Shirley Wittering took on the job.  The present Chairman is Geoffrey Axe, the secretary is Dr Anthony Cooper, Treasurer Peter Yates and the Archivist is Shirley Wittering.  The Journal is edited by Shirley Wittering.

The aims of the Society are:- To promote interest in the Local History, the local environment and the conservation of the Thriplow region, and to promote the formation of a Thriplow Collection.

The Inaugral meeting was held on Monday April 27th 1992 at 8.15pm in Thriplow Village hall.  The subscription was to be 3 per annum per household (it is now 5), this to include a Journal for all members of the Society.  50 people came to the first meeting at which Peter Speak our first chairman gave a talk entitled, 'The History of Thriplow over two Million Years'. Needless to say Peter was a Geographer!

The Parish Council then asked the Society to care for the Smithy on the village green and to give advice on its care and maintenance.

From 1993 the Society put on an exhibition of bygones, photographs and maps during Daffodil Weekend in the Dovecote of the Bury, the home of Sir Patrick and Lady Lena Browne, our first President.  Sir Patrick died in 1996 and the Bury passed to his eldest daughter who sold it.  So from 1997 the Society's exhibition was displayed in the Smithy.  In 1998 a blacksmith demonstrated the art of shoeing horses and making wrought iron objects and has continued to do so every year.

Over the years the Society has put on several exhibitions in the Village Hall, restored an old plough which is now on show outside a seed development company in the village and had some very successful parties with themes such as Victorian, Edwardian and Party of the Century.  During the Summer there have been 1920s garden parties, barn dances and outings to museums and historic sites.  it has built up an impressive collection of old photographs and produced several small publications as well as producing three Journals a year for its members.

This year the exhibition in the Smithy at Daffodil Weekend will feature the CCAN website to which we are adding our pictorial archive.



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