Tuesday, 16 October 2012


The Heritage Group AGM is on Monday November 26 at 7.30p.m. in the Village Hall Library.


The David Downes Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr David Cave on Thursday, November 1 at 7.30p.m. in Ash Village Hall It's entitled 'The Guilton Hoard' and we will be exploring a little of Anglo Saxon Ash with the help of some artefacts. All are welcome, entry £3, coffee and raffle.


Since the last newsletter, the Heritage Group has been very active. Most importantly we have made a really good start on collating the material we have so far. A group of volunteers have been working on Monday mornings on the collection of property deeds. This has been quite a work of detection, deciphering old handwriting, dates and names. The photograph collection is also being numbered, named and collated. Thanks to two keen volunteers, we have established a web based data base on the computer and have started entering data. Please come along if you wish to help. We are hoping to establish a Saturday working group too. We have had several successful events, a photographic event based on the BBC programme on the Victorian photographer Francis Frith, the Village Hall centenary exhibition, the Jubilee exhibition and the August Heritage walk. The most recent event was a fascinating visit to Molland House for 25 members. The Heritage Calendar for 2013 is now on sale £5 a copy at the Post Office, Welcome and other venues. An excellent Christmas present!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


We were invited to explore Molland House at the kind invitation of Tracy the proprietor, on September 22. It was a lovely day and 25 of us went. Tracy (far right of pic) and her partner Steve were marvellous hosts. Tracy gave us a grand tour, along with a history of the house. It is, in the main, a 16th Century farmhouse and in marvellous condition thanks to the renovations Tracy and Steve have made.
Steve is a builder by trade and was able to explain the process and work involved, as well as the possibility of future restoration to the roof space. Molland Hall is now a thriving guest house with a grand reputation. We were given the freedom to explore the rooms (including the scenic kitchen, pictured), which were delightful- and the spooky cellar, which was not!
The whole place oozed history and had a wonderful homely atmosphere, especially with four children around. We were later treated to cream tea in the dining room, with home made scones cooked by Tracy. Robin, her 14 year old daughter, waited on us. It was a wonderful afternoon and Molland House was a lovely surprise to us all. We were very grateful for the opportunity to see it. Thanks to Jan Connor for the report.