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Picture Gallery: Weeting history event dedicated to memory of its founders

PUBLISHED: 18:03 05 June 2011

Weeting Village open history day at the village hall held by the Weeting History Group. Pictured is Richard Parrott with his 1909 Burrell Traction Engine 'Princess Royal'. Picture Angela Sharpe

Weeting Village open history day at the village hall held by the Weeting History Group. Pictured is Richard Parrott with his 1909 Burrell Traction Engine 'Princess Royal'. Picture Angela Sharpe

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One Norfolk village brought history to life this weekend when it hosted an extra-special event.

The Weeting Open History day was re-established on Sunday after a year off following the death of its founders Gerry and Alma Moore.

Mr and Mrs Moore, who moved to the village in 1983, passed away from ill health within a matter of months of one another last year, and fellow members of the Weeting History Group felt it best to postpone the event.

Following extensive archiving of the couple’s historic collection, reserection of the event this weekend proved a huge success with 150 people through the gates in just one hour.

Crowds flocked to the village hall to enjoy a tour of Weeting Castle, actually a Norman-moated manor house, a sporting display focusing on the shooting history of the Brecks and Breckland estates, and a Polish display which celebrated Weeting Hall and grounds which were used to house displaced Polish families during world war two.

Robert Childerhouse, chairman of the Weeting History Group, which was founded in 1999 by Mr and Mrs Moore, expressed his relief at the success of the event.

He added: “History was Mr Moore’s baby really. He found out a number of things and had written numerous books. The group was put on hold while he was ill and then Mrs Moore died in June so we felt it wasn’t right to hold it last year. Now we’ve re-established it we aim to carry it on annually.

“I think things like this are very important. We’ve got a very good primary school and it’s important to make history more accessible to people.”

The launch of a Mini Time Team project was also a highlight for many. It is hoped enough interest will be generated to carry out a series of test digs on the village playing fields and some gardens to uncover Weeting’s Medieval Guildhall and Market Place thought to be under the parish playing fields and adjacent to the site of the former All Saints Church.

Mr Childerhouse added: “This year it’s been a big interactive day and it helps that Weeting is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited places in the country.

“We have a good parish history with a lot of old families living here from the war and a lot of people come down to find out more.”

Permission has now been sought to place a bench and plant a tree in memory of Mr and Mrs Moore on the village green in the autumn.

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