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Village Wwii Book Launch

1st of July 2014

A most memorable gathering of villagers and friends from far and wide assembled on Saturday 31 May at St Paul’s Church to launch a remarkable book, written by our local historians Mary Nobbs and her son Andrew. The book, with many photographs, details the events in the village during the Second World War, featuring those Chipperfield people who served their country in various ways over this period of time. Each visitor was issued with a luggage tag (as an identity disk similar to those received by the evacuees during the war) indicating their name and connection to the village or contribution to the book; a great way to meet and greet one another!

Andrew, in introducing the celebrations, thanked the many Chipperfield folk who had given them valuable assistance in their researches over the past four and a half years. He especially thanked Peggy Harpley who had been a fount of dedication and knowledge in providing background information and contact to so many ex villagers. He also thanked Anne King for the immense task of co-ordinating the layout and art work, and her husband, John, for his stoic support. He then presented bouquets of flowers to Peggy, Anne and Mary.

Giles Wyburd, as Chairman of the Chipperfield branch of The Royal British Legion congratulated the Nobbs family, including David (husband and father) on producing such a splendid book, both in quality and quantity of information. He hoped that all the children in St Paul’s School would be made aware of the importance of this publication in their historic studies of the Second World War. Giles said there will be a theatre production on WWII in the Village Hall in November and anyone wishing to take part should put their name forward for consideration. He ended by thanking everyone for coming.

Mary Nobbs thanked Giles for his kind words and reiterated her thanks to the many people who had helped them as they traced the lives of those who had served so valiantly. She asked the audience to indicate who had been born in the village, or attended St Paul’s School or been baptised or married in Chipperfield. Many hands were raised! She praised the hard work and dedication of her son, Andrew, and the patience and forbearance of her husband, David, over the last few years. Thanks were also recorded to Pat Smith and her team for providing the refreshments, John Dickinson for organising the wine, Land Rover Garage, Chipperfield, for their contribution towards these costs, and David Clough and Keith Beniston for playing the organ during the afternoon. Our grateful thanks to all the Nobbs family for not only producing and arranging finance for the book but for also organising such a wonderful occasion; a day to remember for all who were fortunate enough to attend.

The first edition has already sold out, so if you wish to pre-order a copy of the next print run, please contact Mary Nobbs on 01923 269480 or email:
Richard A. Edwards.
Chairman, Chipperfield News

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