We exceeded our expectations of every count. We asked visitors to sign in (in return for which they got a ticket for the lavish refreshments laid on by our members). There were over 200.
More to the point, we succeeded in attracting the long-term villagers, and they brought their collections, which were duly scanned and indexed.
We ran an exhibition entitled’ Who Do You Think They Were’, featuring old photos of groups of people whom we invited visitors to help us identify.
There was a magnificent Timeline of East Meon history, an 8 x 4 ft banner setting principal events and buildings in the village against their periods in history.
Children came in numbers, and Peter O’Sullivan was a brilliant stage managers. Once again, the Saxons won one, lost one, the latter unfortunately the decider. The kids loved it. There was fierce competition for the quiz, which offered two prizes, one for ages 8 and under, the other for 9 to 15. The winners were given family tickets, valid for a year, to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.
A local farmer, Richard Jones, laid on an exhibition of equipment used over the years in producing dairy products, supplemented by a 1956 Massey Ferguson tractor and old plough, loaned by one of our members, Denys Ryder.
At the end of the afternoon, we laid on guided walks around the centre of the village, in which the buildings we had researched were described. The information was also contained in a coloured booklet ‘A Guide to the Historic Buildings of East Meon’, which was available on the day, and subsequently at East Meon Stores and One Tree Books in Petersfield.