Monthly Archive: October 2010

Turn Back Time: Researching your High Street through the ages 0

Turn Back Time: Researching your High Street through the ages

How do you think the British high street has changed over the last 150 years 1 ? In an era of online shopping and out-of-town retail centres, what skills, services and trades have disappeared from our high streets? Do we have a chance to bring back to life what we have now lost?

These were questions I thought about when accepting a job on BBC One’s 2 new series, Turn Back Time – The High Street 3 , which brings together a group of modern shopkeepers in Shepton Mallet, Somerset 4 . In a bold approach the shopkeepers are made to live, work and play through six key eras of British history. In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript 5 enabled and Flash 6 installed.

Visit BBC Webwise 7 for full instructions Over six programmes, we wound back the clock to the Victorian era 8 , before transporting our traders through a century of incredible events. The shopkeepers weren’t alone on the journey – the Chamber of Commerce, a group of experts headed by MasterChef’s 9 Gregg Wallace 10 , were there to support, guide and discipline our traders. There are brilliant points across the series when the shopkeepers face the wrath of the Chamber of Commerce – keep watching for the less than elegant first day at the Edwardian Tea Rooms.

Another compelling moment is when the entrepreneurial grocers get caught dabbling in the black market during the Second World War 11 . After you’ve watched it, I’d love to know if you would have done the same? As a producer on the series, I researched the history of the high street over the last 150 years.

My background is in history, so I enjoyed getting stuck into a wealth of information available including detailed photos and archive film, censuses and surveys, and oral accounts from shop keepers and shoppers. I even discovered my own family’s shopkeeping past in the process – Welsh dairy farmers who moved to London in the Victorian era and set up a successful grocery business. After many trips to museums, archives and reading lots of books, key themes emerged.

There was the Victorian trend of adulteration 12 and bulking up food with chemicals, and the Edwardian tea shop which enabled women to meet publicly and aid the suffragette movement 13 . We then moved on to rationing and the black market during the Second World War, and then the rise of self-service supermarkets which signalled the end of the high street’s golden age. Throughout the series I was lucky enough to work with the widely respected social historian Juliet Gardiner 14 , who was also part of the Chamber of Commerce.

As part of the research process, I also wrote nearly 30 shopkeepers manuals. These were detailed guides tailored towards each shopkeeper, outlining how their specific shops should be run in each era, including notes on rules and etiquette, recipes and day-to-day tasks. The manuals also required a fully priced stock list for each shop which proved to be tricky, as the grocers alone had a range of hundreds of goods.

Finding authentic prices in old money for each item was a real challenge. I couldn’t pick out a favourite era but I did love particular shops – the forge at the Victorian ironmonger, the etiquette and service of both the Edwardian grocer and the butcher, the kaleidoscope of colours from the 1960s milk bar, and the record shop in the 1970s. Be sure to keep an eye out for our Eurovision winning guests who really brought the market square to life.

I would love to hear about your favourite era from the series – which shops did you particularly like or dislike? Working on Turn Back Time was a unique experience and it was fantastic to see history brought back to life in such a vivid and tangible way. I think the emotions the shopkeepers show in each of the programmes is a clear indication of how much passion and enthusiasm they invested in their shops and the experience.

Their story is at the very heart of this series. I hope that you enjoy Turn Back Time and the journey into the history of your high street 15 . Tom St John Gray is a producer on Turn Back Time – The High Street 16 .

You can read a post on the BBC TV blog by Karl Sergison 17 , the dad in the grocer family, about his experience on the programme. Turn Back Time – The High Street 18 starts on BBC One 19 on Tuesday, 2 November at 9pm. To continue the Turn Back Time experience in your area, please visit Hands On History site 20 or look for an event or pop-up shop near where you live 21 .

References ^ changed over the last 150 years (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ BBC One’s (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Turn Back Time – The High Street (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Shepton Mallet, Somerset (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ BBC Webwise article about enabling javascript (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ BBC Webwise article about downloading (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ BBC Webwise (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Victorian era (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ MasterChef’s (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Gregg Wallace (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Second World War (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ adulteration (en.wikipedia.org) ^ suffragette movement (en.wikipedia.org) ^ Juliet Gardiner (www.hss.ed.ac.uk) ^ the history of your high street (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Turn Back Time – The High Street (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ a post on the BBC TV blog by Karl Sergison (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Turn Back Time – The High Street (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ BBC One (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ Hands On History site (www.bbc.co.uk) ^ near where you live (www.bbc.co.uk)

Norfolk Constabulary: New neighbourhood sergeant in Reepham 0

Norfolk Constabulary: New neighbourhood sergeant in Reepham

Reepham has a new police sergeant who promises to listen and deal with local crime and disorder concerns. Sergeant Richard Bedder has joined the team following the recent retirement of his predecessor sergeant Kevin Jervis. He will lead the Reepham Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) alongside the Taverham and Drayton SNT, under the overall guidance of Temporary Inspector Julia Sandell.

With 18 years experiences of neighbourhood policing sergeant Richard Bedder said: I am looking forward to meeting and working with residents in Reepham and the surrounding parishes and building on the relationships the team has already developed within the community. The Safer Neighbourhood Team is here to deal with neighbourhood concerns and disorder and improve the way people feel about the place where they live. If you have an issue bothering you, we would like to hear from you .

The Reepham SNT can be contacted by calling 0845 456 4567 or e-mail sntreepham@norfolk.police.uk 1 . In an emergency, always dial 999 . People who wish to remain anonymous can phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11 .

References ^ sntreepham@norfolk.police.uk (www.norfolk.police.uk)

Overnight Parking Wroxham or Horning Area 0

Overnight Parking Wroxham or Horning Area

Posted By Discussion Topic: Overnight Parking Wroxham or Horning Area Similar Threads That Might Help : Overnight Parking ??

1 | Horning overnight moorings 2 | mooring around horning area/good food 3 | Accommodation in the Horning / Ludham area 4 | Mobile BSS Tester Horning area 5 | — Page: 1 2 tonyr Broads Minded Posts: 48 Joined: Aug 2008 Add To Ignore List 6 Some friends have invited me down on their boat next week for a cruise and an overnight stay. If I go, I will need to meet them in the Wroxham/Horning area. Anyone have any suggestion where I could leave my car overnight from Wednesday morning until Thursday lunchtime.

irs101 Knows What A Cringle Is Posts: 87 Joined: Apr 2010 Add To Ignore List 7 Might be a bit out of the area you’re looking for (depending where you want to cruise), but my parents parked up at Ludham Bridge when they came on board for a night. Parking is right next to the moorings and a lovely trip up the Ant. Ian.

Strowager Mardles sometimes Posts: 4761 Joined: Aug 2009 Add To Ignore List 8 I would be a little worried parking at Ludham Bridge out of the season. The whole area goes very quiet, even the shop shuts at the end of November. The parking in the three laybys and on the gravel staithe is completely empty overnight, and is not overlooked by many houses.

There aren’t many people around at night on foot, but it is still an A road with quite a bit of passing traffic. I think I’d prefer to park somewhere in Horning, maybe along Lower Street, where anyone passing would think I was in one of the houses. woodwose Mardles sometimes Founding Member Posts: 3681 Joined: Aug 2004 Add To Ignore List 9 There is street parking in Church Road Hoveton.

I think that would be OK. Nigel Ludham easyrider Lives to Post Posts: 1190 Joined: Aug 2009 Add To Ignore List 10 Just an idea but what about having a word with Lorraine and Geoff at the Dog Inn about leaving the car in their car park overnight. I’m sure if they can help in any way they would all the best Jim “experientia docet” Dibbler Moderator Posts: 7498 Joined: Mar 2005 I’m with Strowager on this one.

Ludham Bridge is a great place and Ludham is most definitely not a den of iniquity but, it can get seriously lonely at night there this time of year. Up to a couple of weeks ago, I would have suggested parking on the little piece of rough land near the phone box at the end of Ferry Cott Lane, Horning. Unfortunately, someone, in their infinite wisdom, has decided to cordon it all off with sturdy posts and laid fresh turf there.

Admittedly, it looks much better but a natty, convenient little parking slot has been lost now. Hey ho. As has been suggested, street parking in Hoveton should be fine.

John This message was edited by Dibbler on Oct-22-10 @ 12:20 PM tonyr Broads Minded Posts: 48 Joined: Aug 2008 Add To Ignore List 11 Many thanks for all the prompt responses. Looks as though it will be The Dog thanks to Lorraine. I will then get a taxi to my pick up point, which is likely to be Horning zacthedog Mardles sometimes Posts: 3164 Joined: Jul 2009 Add To Ignore List 12 did the same a few years back, met friends at the new inn and then unloaded car and parked at horning village hall at the top of the hill(footpath down to moorings Gary 1hr 30mins 60mls away forum girly swot 19/3/2010 Marshman Mardles sometimes Posts: 2673 Joined: Oct 2006 Add To Ignore List 13 I would not rely on local taxis always combining with your timing as there is not a huge no.

around but Gary’s suggestion sounds OK and its only about a 5 min walk or so. Just get your friends to phone the New Inn for a slot and meet there. SOS247 Lives to Post Posts: 1355 Joined: Jun 2006 Add To Ignore List 14 Im sure Loraine at the pub will have a space for you to park.

But if you struggle I happy for you to park in the boatyard. Its fairly clear at the moment, as we are making room for the winter storage. However, you just need to leave the keys with our George, Boatyard manager. (I promise not to rent it out! ) We have the security camera, but that only allows us to watch the person breaking in!

Even though we have infrared up to 50m burglars normally wear dark clothing & hoods! (Maybe a camera with a gun activated via the internet would be a better option!!!) Regards Jason They say that ‘Hard work never killed anyone’ however, sleepless nights, stress, not taking breaks & not eating correctly may just get you there early!!

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