Fairford History Society

FHS Committee

Geoff Hawkes (Chair) 01285 712053, Ian Westlake (Vice Chair) 01285 712329 , Alison Hobson (Secretary) 01285 711768, Gill Compton (Treasurer), Margaret Bishop (FCC), Chris Hobson, Don Cobbett, Sue Middleton and Syd Flatman.

Background to Fairford History Society

The 2 Heritage Drop-in Days in January and May 2004 were an important part of the Audience Development Plan for the Heritage Lottery Grant application for the Fairford Community Centre. The Community Centre needs to appeal to as many people from as many walks of life as possible. It became clear at both these Drop-In Days that there is a great deal of interest in the history of Fairford throughout the ages, although much of it remained unrecorded. The setting up of a Fairford Archive was discussed to ensure that our heritage is preserved and not lost over the years.

 Heritage Drop in Day

Heritage Drop in Day

As a result, a cheese and wine evening (right) was organised to form the first ever Fairford History Society and to make plans for initiating a Fairford Archive.

Over 50 members were signed up at their first meeting held in Fairford Community Centre in June. Cllr Trevor Hing said at the meeting that the people of Fairford should note the day

18th June 2004 – as it was an important day in Fairford’s history

and, in 25 years time, people will look back and be thankful that the History Society had been formed and important historical artefacts and first hand knowledge of events had been recorded for all time.

 Cheese and Wine First Meeting

Photographs by Chris Roberts