Heritage Day will include “D-Day: Buriton and Beyond”

Date: 8th June 2024

Time: 13:00 - 16:00

Location: Buriton Village Hall

D-Day cover for website

Bygone Buriton event will host a special exhibition

80 years ago hundreds of allied troops were camped in and around the parish in the build up to the D-Day Landings and Operation Overlord.

To mark this anniversary part of the annual ‘Bygone Buriton’ event will be devoted to a special exhibition explaining what local research has discovered about D-Day connections with the parish.

Research by Buriton Village Association reveals some fascinating local stories including some first-hand accounts of activities.

As well as recollections about Canadian troops camped around the village, accounts from people in the Buriton area at the time describes:

  • parachuting into Normandy soon after midnight to capture Pegasus Bridge and other vital targets,
  • landing on the beaches later on D-Day,
  • follow-up operations including the Mulberry Harbours and
  • an amusing account from someone ‘with an inside track’ who missed it all.

By bringing all these stories together, the exhibition will highlight the scale, complexity, secrecy and bravery of Operation Overlord ‘through local eyes’.

Copies of the special D-Day publication will also be available: see here.

However, the search to try to identify exactly which Canadian Units spent time in the parish continues – and anyone with any ideas or information about this is encouraged to contact Doug Jones (01730 231326 or email doug.pam@btinternet.com)

The ‘Bygone Buriton’ event will take place in Buriton Village Hall between 1pm and 4pm and will also include other displays, photographs and information about life in the parish in years gone by, including:

  • hop growing and picking – activities which transformed the parish every year
  • the Buriton and Butser chalk quarries and lime works – another local industry of yesteryear
  • our local school – how things have changed over the last 150 years
  • leisure activities – sports teams, early entertainments and the pheasant & rabbit shoots
  • farming activities, including the days of sheep rearing on the Downs.

The event is free, and people are encouraged to bring any old photos, newspaper articles or other information related to Buriton. We are always looking to find out more about life in the parish in years gone by.

All are welcome and there is no admission charge.

Buriton’s Railway History

Date: 25th September 2024

Time: 19.30

Location: Buriton Village Hall

Mike Attrill will join Doug Jones to describe aspects of our local railway history – providing more images and stories from Buriton’s past

Mike’s father, Cedric, was the last signalman to work in the signal-box which stood alongside the railway line above the recreation ground until 1971.

The talk will use pictures and stories from Buriton’s Heritage Bank archives (including the building of the railway with its challenging tunnel etc) as well as Mike’s knowledge of the social history that the line enabled: people employed on the railway, where they had lived and other implications for the village.

The talk will take place in the village hall on Wednesday 25th September, starting at 7.30pm.

Admission is free with a retiring collection and everyone is welcome.

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