The Archive group are still busily cataloguing our ever-growing collection of historical photographs and documents. We are also preparing a small display for the Hub Open Morning on 7th April. This display is about William Lovelace who opened a garage in 1911 making bicycles. He also had a charabanc service offering trips to Weymouth and Cheddar. After the Second World War, the Lovelace bus business was bought by Patrick Lewis having returned from serving in the Canadian Airforce. With more modern buses Pat continued to provide trips, he also ran the school bus service to Sturminster Newton which many will still remember. If you have any photographs of those days with Lewis Coaches, we would love to see them. Just a reminder that the first AGM of The Stalbridge Archive Society is on Monday 5th March at 7.30pm at The Hub. Everyone welcome.
As we look back over 2017, it is hard to believe that the Archive has come so far. In the spring we realised that we would have to formalise our collection and have a constitution and bank account in order to raise much needed funding and professional help in cataloguing – after all we are not much help if we cannot find items you want to view!
Our first AGM will be on Monday 5th March at 7.30 pm in the Hub. Anyone interested in the Archive will be very welcome to attend.
In April we had a display of school photographs from 1900 - 2000 at the Hub which was later shown at the school, this created a lot of interest. In November we held an exhibition of prominent Stalbridge business men from the Victorian age which was well attended and again many people enjoyed. Thank you all for coming to see what we have collected and a very big thank you to all those who have gifted items to the Archive or loaned them to us to copy for the enjoyment of future generations.