Bringing Local History Alive 2018
Quatrefoil, a small group of local historians who research and write about all aspects of the history of our villages of Botesdale, Redgrave and Rickinghall, will be holding their sixth annual BRINGING LOCAL HISTORY ALIVE day this year. The group have built up a loyal following of people with ancestral links to the villages, some of whom return for this yearly event from hundreds of miles away. But absolutely everyone is welcome! There is no charge for admission and there will be tea, coffee and cakes available for sale throughout the day.
This year’s event will be in Rickinghall Village Hall on Sunday 2nd September. Doors open at 10.00 am and, as ever, visitors will be treated to displays of a wide range of fascinating old documents, maps and photographs. The main theme of this year’s exhibition is the First and Second World Wars, to commemorate the centenary, in 2018, of the end of the Great War.
As well as the vast array of local history information available to browse, there will be two illustrated talks. Gwyn Thomas, the former Curator of the Suffolk Regiment Museum, will speak on “The Suffolk Regiment in the Great War”. This will be followed by Sarah Doig’s talk on “War on the Home Front”. These talks will take place in the morning at 10.30am and 11.00am, repeated in the afternoon at 2.30pm and 3.00pm. There will be plenty of time in between to look at the displays and to talk to members of the Quatrefoil team.
Quatrefoil now have an impressive array of fourteen local history books they have published on various subjects. The whole collection will be available for sale at the event. These include war-related books: “James Scarfe of Botesdale: One of the Noble Six Hundred” which tells the story of a local resident who fought in, and survived, the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War, “Lest We Forget: Botesdale, Redgrave and Rickinghall Men of the Great War” and “Villages in Wartime: Life in Botesdale, Redgrave and Rickinghall in World War Two”. Further details of all Quatrefoil’s books and activities can be seen on their website at www.quatrefoil.org.uk.