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Posted: 23 Apr 2017 at 7:46pm by Brandon Heritage Cn
A brief update on the Brandon Heritage Centre.

Those who were at the meeting of 12th April will know a new group of volunteers expressed an interest in running the centre.  Visions of how the centre should be run were outlined, volunteers were enthused and the meeting became one of optimism.  But yet the centre remains closed, so what has happened since that meeting?

Well to an extent we, the new group, need to wait until after the AGM at the end of next month, when we will have a clearer picture of who the Trustees are and have created the management team to run the centre.  It does not mean we have been inactive though.  Far from it.

We have graciously been given a key from the current Trustees, so we have cracked on with logging all the items on display - almost 600 of them!  We shall then start logging everything else archived and not on display.  This comes with many complications that I shall not bore you with, but a lack of decent record keeping in recent years will hinder us somewhat.  So a task best done while enthusiasm levels remain high.  :)

50+ people have volunteered in some way.  We have your details and shall be in contact in due course to let you know how you can share custodianship of our heritage.  Thank you for volunteering.  We have had John Basham ('Brandon Fire' researcher) contact us to offer his vast knowledge of Brandon back to the 1400s.  He also made an interesting proposition which will offer an exciting and unique service to the community, but more of that when we get up and running.  A researcher of flintknapping, from York University, also contacted us offering his research into the flintknappers of Brandon.  Brandon flint influenced the Battle of Waterloo, in doing so it changed Britain's influence on the world stage, so his research will assist us in getting that message out.  He is also seeking funding to research even further, so if we can be of mutual assistance to each other then it is a win-win.

The centre was desperately lacking a website, so we have been busily making one.  Its still in its embryo stage, and you may notice it lacks some info, so please do have a look, but bear in mind it is not finished.  Having said that you will get an idea of where we see the Heritage Centre going - into the community and as a hub for ALL of Brandon's heritage - be it Neolithic flint through to modern day, and everything in between.  Here is the website:  Brandon Heritage Centre website

We also have 700+ people on Facebook engaging with their memories, adding old photos and generally adding to the interest in Brandon heritage.  If you have a Facebook account then please do join us and search for:  "Brandon, Suffolk - Down Memory Lane"

If anyone has any questions then please do let us know.  We are aiming to keep everyone up to date on how things are going, and creating this account is part of that process.  Thank you.
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Town Street Road Brandon!

24th April 2017

 

It was 1959 and we were looking for a property to purchase or rent in Thetford (preferred) or Brandon would do. The London overspill development was progressing at this time but there was a 6-year waiting list for council houses as reported Town Clerk Ellis Clark.

 

One property up for sale in St. Nicholas Street was in our price bracket but a knock on the door revealed the owner had taken it off the market! Needless to say that property was lost to the developers and is now a car park area.

 

Somebody suggested we called on Sid Lingham’s office in Town Street Road Brandon, who was building low cost Bungalows there. We located the road a mile from the town: The Town Street Road sign pointed right. The road beyond the first bend turned into a rough track – no footpaths, a flint wall bordering an open field on the right hand side and further down you enter Crown Street and of course The Crown Pub. Opposite was the Tip Football Ground (as it was called). Behind the Crown Pub was White Horse Street at the end was the Chapel and TOWN STREET.  Thus; Town Street road was the road leading to TOWN STREET.

 

We bought one of Sid’s new Bungalows which was built six months later on that open field in Town Street Road and within a year the Road leading to TOWN STREET was renamed Crown Street as it is today. A little bit of local history was lost with these changes we feel, apart from another resident; AJ Rolfe who retired there from his VG Stores in Hockwold and had paid good money for his letter heading embossing machine that became defunct before he had time to use it!

 

AJ was less than pleased one has to say.

 

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Pretty good start to the website......
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Chessman.  Thank you for your memory, which is exactly what we are looking for, and we would encourage others to share their memories.  With your permission I would like to put this on the website.  If you can provide a name then I shall credit the memory to you, otherwise I shall put "Brandon resident".  Any photos of you from the time would also be included if you so wish.
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So whats been happening in the Heritage Centre lately?

A room has been cleared to house our temporary exhibits (‘pop-up’ exhibitions), which will be changed regularly to keep things fresh and interesting.  An old noticeboard tucked away behind filing cabinets at the rear of the building is now back up on the wall again (thanks Ray!) and with the addition of some display boards we now have the opportunity to display photos and artifacts that we may not always have space for.  It will also allow us to select some of our objects already on display and make them centre pieces, taking them from a crowded display cabinet and putting them in the limelight.  Alternatively this area could house YOUR collection.  Yes, that’s right.  Perhaps you have some photos or objects relating to Brandon’s heritage?  If so then just let us know and we will assist you in displaying your pride and joy to the wider community.

Opposite the temporary exhibit room is the reception room and library.  There is now space created to display photos and postcards of Brandon landscapes from years ago – showing how the town once looked.  We can even show you how the Heritage Centre once looked, as a Fire Station.  Did you know the station once had an outbuilding attached to the front?  Well we can show you where that was.

We are not ready to open to the public just yet, although we are working hard to be ready for our Open Day on 4th June.  So please come along and visit us then.  However we had our first visitors today.  An American couple, visiting family in and around Brandon, who came to the centre for info about local history and attractions to visit.  Although they didn’t stay long enough for a wander round the centre, they did stop for a quick chat and left a donation of £2, and a promise to visit us proper on our Open Day.  Taking of the Open Day.  Preparations are under way, so make sure you visit us when you are at the carnival.  Sunday 4th June. More details later Smile

P.S.  For those willing to volunteer, we have not forgotten you.  We have a full rota for the Open Day but will always need hands on deck for other events and day.  Make sure you give us your email address so we can keep you up to date on the latest happenings and you will be ready when we give the "call to arms". 
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You can now follow us on Twitter: @IP27Heritage and Instagram: brandon_heritagecentre

Brandon Heritage Centre is very lucky to have a younger member of the community on the management team, giving us a youth perspective, which will assist us to include ALL aspects of our community.  We really need to inspire a new generation to take an interest in the town’s heritage.

Our new ‘Youth Liaison Officer’ has been tasked with overseeing our Twitter and Instagram accounts.  First off the blocks is an ambitious Twitter project called #BrandonHeritage365 which will see one tweet a day, every day, for a whole year.  Yes, every day for the next year our young committee member will be tweeting a photo that they feel highlights an aspect of Brandon’s Heritage – perhaps an artifact in the centre, a building in the town, or an old photo of Brandon’s past.  Why not ‘follow’ us on Twitter and see if we can accomplish our #BrandonHeritage365?Smile

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I understand that you need a laminator, I have a spare one I would like to donate.
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Originally posted by Keith Keith wrote:


I understand that you need a laminator, I have a spare one I would like to donate.


Thank you Kieth, it is much appriciated.
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Thank you Keith.  Your generous offer of a laminator will be gratefully received and thank you for supporting the centre.  I will send you a message. Smile
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Re the exhibiting photos of Brandon landscapes,if you would like mounts cut for these and even some frames we will do these for the heritage centre for free,just pop anything in and we will do it.
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