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Abthorpe Millennium Disc

Author: John Riches Published: 6th August 2017 19:40

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 Back in the year 2000 our village had a number of Millennium Projects that included restoring the church clock and distributing a computer disc about the village’s history to every home in the parish. Remember that back then – 17 years ago – broadband as we know it did not exist and access to what most people then considered to be the new-fangled Internet was through a dial-up system via the telephone lines. Now that disc is available on the Internet for the whole world to see. It makes fascinating reading.
 
The introduction is by journalist Mark Lawson who gives a resume of the disc’s contents and invites the viewer to indulge in a bit of time travel to see what Abthorpe was like in yesteryear. Jane Leeson’s will is shown in which she bequeaths money to build a school in the village and help the poor. There is an early photograph taken in about 1860 showing our church minus its tower. There’s weddings, village school photographs, our brass band and the 1906 football team. More recently there are local newspaper cuttings of the 1979 Country Fayre when £2,000 was raised. Perhaps best of all is a photograph taken on 5th September 1999 from a cherry-picker parked on the green of most people in the village. It’s possible to hover the mouse over the head of each person to reveal their identity.
 
The disc is truly fascinating and well worth spending half an hour exploring the Abthorpe of yesteryear.
 
To see the disc click on www.abthorpe.net/2000cd. It will be possible to access the disc via the Abthorpe village web site www.abthorpe.net.

John Riches

 

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