More than 100 photographs from days gone by will be on display as part of a fundraiser to ensure a village’s heritage is documented for years to come.
Memories of life in Ringstead will be on show at a free event being held in the village on Saturday, September 26.
Exhibition boards with photographs showing key moments from the village’s history, including carnivals and May Day celebrations as well as street scenes and past personalities, will be on show between midday and 4pm in the large function room at Ringstead Village Social Club.
The day will also include a talk by Peter Gout at 1pm about tracing your family tree.
He will talk about researching your family and offer advice on where to start when trying to discover your ancestry trail.
David Ball will then be shedding light on how he, although never a village resident, started to trace his father’s family and subsequently went on to research not only his family but associated families within Ringstead and in their travels to new lives abroad.
This led onto stories of people from all parts of village life, including vicars and villains, as well as shopkeepers, shoemakers, lacemakers and labourers, and resulted in David publishing two books about Ringstead families which will be on sale on the day.
His informal discussion will take place at 3.15pm.
The heritage day will continue in the evening with a ticket-only event starting at 7pm.
Jon Abbott will be taking people on a nostalgic walk along what was then called Shop Street in the 19th Century.
He has facts and figures about the retail economy when the village had more than 35 different shops and businesses.
David Ball will also be at the evening event telling people about some of Ringstead’s darker characters and past misdemeanours, which found them in trouble with the law in the village during the 19th Century.
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the Social Club, Post Office and Peter’s Store.
The bar will be open at the social club throughout both events and cakes and refreshments will be on sale.
Anyone interested in Ringstead’s heritage is invited to attend all or just some of the event and anyone with photographs or documents they wish to share is invited to get in touch.
All proceeds from the events will go towards ensuring Ringstead’s heritage will be documented and archived for future use by anyone who wishes to research and learn about the residents of Ringstead.
Anyone wishing to get in touch can send an email to Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org.