Lottery-funded project to explore Durrington’s past

New Life Church in Durrington has HLF funding for an Edwardian Durrington Project. This snap shows The Row (cottages), known as Beetle Alley, looking south from Durrington Hill towards The Lamb Inn.
New Life Church in Durrington has HLF funding for an Edwardian Durrington Project. This snap shows The Row (cottages), known as Beetle Alley, looking south from Durrington Hill towards The Lamb Inn.

NEW Life Church has received £19,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new community project called Edwardian Durrington.

The project is being led by Jane Dore, who is one of the leadership team at the church in Greenland Road, Durrington, and an information librarian working for West Sussex Library Service.

The project is to be based on a study of the villages of Durrington and Salvington during the Edwardian period.

This period saw the opening of the village school, the Baptist church, and the establishment of many market gardens, as well as the on-going life in the parish.

The first public event will be a celebration launch at the church on Saturday, November 2, at 3pm.

People are invited to go along and have a cream tea, and while there Jane will give a brief outline of the project and invite questions.

The project is looking for volunteers interested in researching the village. It plans to work with local schools to develop learning opportunities based on the research.

Replica costumes will be created to enable volunteers and children to learn about Edwardian clothing.

Guided walks and talks to schools and adults will be a major part of the project.

A ‘Then & Now’ photographic survey of the village will be carried out to highlight the changes since the Edwardian period.

A book and walks leaflets will be published towards the end of the project.

Discovery and training sessions will be offered to volunteers on family history and local history research.

Practical workshops on dressmaking, photography and cookery will also be available to anyone interested.

Philip Amos, pastor of New Life Church, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as it will help us to develop a major project that will not only chart the history of Durrington and produce a fascinating book, but will be a wonderful opportunity to draw the Durrington community closer together.

“I hope many of the schoolchildren as well as senior members of the community will take an active part in the project.

“There are plans to organise a number of events which will draw the whole community together.

“We are so excited about what will be happening around Durrington in the coming months.”