Eastleigh’s local history mystery


Chandler's Ford Methodist church 1993 - Do you know any of these people?

Chandler’s Ford Methodist church 1993 – Do you know any of these people?

Eastleigh’s revived local history society is asking for help in identifying photos of people and places stored in its picture archive.

The society has uploaded around 300 photos to its new website and plans to put up more as a permanent resource for those interested in the history of our borough

The first batch of photos features Chandler’s Ford are here

The society is also appealing for new members and more archive material; postcards, photos, event programmes and any kind of artifact relating to the borough that can be recorded and preserved.

Eastleigh and District Local History Society was originally formed in 1974 but over the years the membership died out leaving just one active member who last year sent out a desperate call for help – either more people joined or the society would have to fold resulting in the dispersal of its archive collection.

Fortunately enough people have come forward and with the help of One Community and the Borough Council, the society is once again holding regular meetings.

Around twenty people attended the annual general meeting last week at the Age Concern offices on Romsey Road to hear a talk by Bishopstoke resident Ron Catt on the Bletchley Park code breakers and Nazi enigma code machine.

Mr. Catt brought along a working replica he had constructed himself and members were invited to try their hand at coding and decoding messages.

Ron Catt's enigma replica. Pic: Barry Kitchen

Ron Catt’s enigma replica. Pic: Barry Kitchen

Members also voted for  committee members and Councillor Wayne Irish was re-elected as Chair unopposed.

The committee are keen to add as many new members as they can and so there is currently no subscription fees for members to pay.

Membership is free.

Committee member Barry Kitchen said:

“Maybe Eastleigh News readers have some old photos of Eastleigh lying around, which they might be able to pass to us?  High quality scanned images are best of course but frankly, any picture is better than no picture!”

If anybody would like to join or take a more active part in Eastleigh’s local history, maybe by carrying out research or talking to groups of people, please get in touch with  membership@eastleighhistory.org.uk


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