‘Bygone Buriton’ – Local History Exhibition

Date: 28th September 2019

Time: 13.00

Location: Buriton Village hall

The annual local history exhibition will take place from 1pm on Saturday 28 September in Buriton Village Hall with lots of displays, photographs and information about life in the parish in years gone by.

There will be information from our popular First World War project which has discovered lots of information about life here 100 years ago – and perhaps people can still help us to find out more?

It will also be 75 years on from D-Day when scores of troops, mostly Canadians, had stayed around Buriton as part of the build-up to the WW2 invasion. There will be information about this period in the village’s history and we are still hoping to identify which Canadian units came here in 1944. If anyone has any other information about D-Day in this area, please let us know.

And we are also trying to find out as much as we can about the children and families who were evacuated into the parish (either to Buriton or Weston) during the Second World War – and how that affected life here. If anyone has any information about this topic, please get in touch and let us know.

There will also be displays about:
• how the layout of the village has changed over the centuries: our ongoing ‘map project’
• 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
• changes in leisure activities – not just information about our football and cricket teams over the years, but also pheasant and rabbit shoots, early entertainments and social clubs
• how farming activity has changed – including the days of sheep rearing on the Downs
• our natural history: local birds, flowers, fungi and nature reserves.

Come along, have a look and see how much of your local history has been brought together. And please bring any old photos, newspaper articles or other information. We are always looking to find out more about life in the parish in years gone by.

The event is free, and people are being encouraged to bring any old photos, newspaper articles or other information related to Buriton.

If you know of anybody who might have any information or be able to help with the research, please email heritage@buriton.org.uk or contact Doug Jones via 01730 231326.

Buriton’s trees: past, present and future

Date: 23rd October 2019

Time: 19.30

Location: Buriton Village Hall

A hundred years ago the hills above the village were all open downland – grazed by thousands of sheep. But reactions to the First World War brought significant changes – and perhaps more are yet to come?

An illustrated talk by forestry expert, Mark Broadmeadow, will outline changes that have been made over the last century – and offer an insight into future threats and challenges.

With only 5% of the country covered in commercial timber at the beginning of the Great War, there had been worries about supplies of this, then vital, resource.

A new commission was established in 1919 to begin the task of expanding Britain’s forests in case of another conflict. And when the local ‘squire’, Lothian Bonham Carter, died in 1927 parts of the estate (Wardown, Head Down and Holt Down) passed to the Forestry Commission and trees were swiftly planted.

This provided new jobs in the parish for a period – but the hillsides were changed forever and the open downland scenery above the village is now a thing of the past.

But there are now challenges for the future, too, from pests, diseases and climate change.

Is the woodland above the village likely to be here in the future? What changes might the next few decades bring?

The talk will take place in Buriton Village Hall near Petersfield on Wednesday 23 October, commencing at 7.30pm.

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