As part of the Millennium celebrations, the Padfield Residents’ Society decided to produce a visual history of Padfield. A large number of residents, and former residents, were asked to contribute photographs of the village, its people and activities over the years. Although this had taken longer than originally envisaged, the brief history you have just read forms only a small portion, an introduction so to speak, of the well-researched and informative publication that was compiled and edited by Janis Birchall on behalf of the Padfield Residents' Society. The book, however, was a collaboration of many people's labours.
Going beyond the national occasions, the world events and the lives of the rich and famous, instead, A Portrait of Padfield captures the essence of the village, revealing a record for the future of the lives of ordinary Padfielders and what they got up to during a period of time photography has been available to us.
From the writer:
"There are, of course, many gaps in our record. People suffering grinding poverty have better things to do with their lives than take photographs! We have managed to turn up very little indeed from the early parts of the twentieth century. But we do think that these “Snapshots of Padfield” are a valuable historical record. We hope it will inspire you to think about those who went before us, spark some memories and, more importantly, help cement us even more firmly together as a vibrant village community."
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