Looking at village history

Elwick Village Atlas Group pictured on the village green. Pictured (left to right) are Brian Footitt, Penny Heslop, Barbara Irving, Sonia Dobbie and George Howe.

Elwick Village Atlas Group pictured on the village green. Pictured (left to right) are Brian Footitt, Penny Heslop, Barbara Irving, Sonia Dobbie and George Howe.

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to turn back time and look back on village life as it used to be.

The Elwick Village Atlas Group is appealing to residents in the village to come forward and share stories and photographs from time gone by.

The group, which has plans for a number of exhibitions in the coming months, wants to involve as many people as possible and even plans to put together DVDs of footage from the past.

Displays are going to be set up at the popular village fete taking place later this year.

It is not just adults who are looking back on time gone by.

Youngsters at St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School, in the village, are working on a project comparing village life in 1986 and now.

Elwick is part of the magnesium limestone belt, an area running along the coast from Hartlepool to South Shields, which is home to magnesium limestone grassland.

Durham County Council’s Limestone Landscapes Partnership, which covers the area, received a £1.9m cash boost last year from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It was this which inspired residents to look in more detail at the historical development of the village.

Brian Footitt, chairman of the Elwick Village Atlas Group, said residents in the village are already showing keen interest.

Brian, a retired director of nursing at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, who has lived in the village for more than 30 years with wife Rosalind, a retired nurse, said: “It would be really nice to capture as much of the history of Elwick as we can.

“We want to look at the history of the farms in and around Elwick, the shops and the village itself in general.”

Members of the group have been out and about taking photographs in the village and they are hoping that somebody owns similar images from up to 50 years ago.

Brian added: “We want to bring as much as possible together and produce a DVD which we can record all of the material on.

“The main thing for us is we want it to be fun, we want people to enjoy it.”

The group is encouraging people to enjoy a walk around the land surrounding Elwick this Sunday.

Walkers will meet at the WI Hall in the village at 11am.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the group’s projects should call Brian on (01429) 277837.