A Snapshot of Playford Village in 2020...
Reflections from Residents (Past and Present)
Wendy and Brian
Sue and Richard
The Playford WI
Playford Memory Box
Playford Memory Box
"The highlights of this time were the photos and little videos our daughter sent and the Facetime chats.
I had forgotten how quickly babies change in the early days.
We really missed seeing them but the important thing was to stay at home and try to keep everyone safe."
We didn't expect 2020 to be like this!
2020 was a tumultuous year that has had a profound affect on everyone in many different ways, The Playford Memory Box project aimed to capture a snapshot of personal reflections about Playford during 2020.
The idea was to make a Memory Box for the Village to provide a record for the future as well as providing a positive activity for people during the socially distanced and isolated times.
With the help of others, letters, pictures and voice recordings were collected from residents and former residents of all ages reflecting a range of topics including home schooling, work life, life events and of course the lovely natural surroundings of the Village. The aim was to capture a cross-section of thoughts and feelings of people connected to the Village.
The submissions were showcased in an exhibition (see below) and a copy of the box will be donated to the heritage records for the Village. The contributions can continue to be viewed on this website.
The project will run until the end of February 2021.
Please help by contributing your thoughts!
How to Contribute
Take you place in Village History!
The idea is for people to send in a photo (or two) and a short audio recording
(max 3 mins) describing their thoughts and reflections on Playford within the context of this year.
A short written statement is fine too, if you prefer (2 pages A4 max).
I’ve created some ideas below to help people who might need a prompt, but you are welcome to put forward your own ideas. Please be creative!
You are also welcome to submit more than one and I hope it can be a fun activity for kids to get involved with too!
Recordings/photos can be captured with a smartphone or I can arrange for an audio recorder should people need to borrow one.
Please contact me for other methods.
Struggling to know where to start? Here's a few tips and topic ideas:
1) Please let us know who you are and your connection to the Village. (Former Residents: it would be good to know where you are now too!)
2) Please tell us your reflections of Village life. For current residents it would be great to hear about some of your experiences and feelings during this year - there are some possible topic ideas below. Please include your perspectives and feelings on the pandemic and its associated impacts on your daily life.
For former residents, it would be interesting to hear about some of your memories of Playford and whether there is anything from your time in the Village that connects or relates to your experiences this year.
Here's a list of a few topic ideas that might help start triggering some ideas for your contribution
Staying in touch at a distance
Thanking key workers (e.g. clapping for the NHS,
Making masks and PPE
Shopping at a distance
Birthdays and Celebrations
Creativity and new skills
Five things you missed most during 2020
Your tips on how to cope in lockdown
Predictions of the lasting impact
The Village community
Positives and negatives
A letter from 2019 to now or from now to the future
Your last pre-lockdown memories
How the year was meant to be
Lockdown 2.0 vs Lockdown 1.0
Thoughts on the vaccination
PLEASE VISIT US AND VIEW THE CONTRIBUTIONS
Playford Village Hall
5th and 6th December 2020
10.30am - 4.00pm
The exhibition will be going ahead in line with current guidance from the Government and therefore social distancing and other safety measures will apply.
Please wear a face mask if you plan to attend. Hand sanitiser and wipes will be available.
Visitor numbers will be limited inside the Hall
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOUR STORY
The project is due to end in February 2021 so please act now to contribute your story.
Ask Us Anything!
I am a resident of Playford Village with an interest in life storytelling and local heritage. During the first Lockdown, I created this community scheme to try to help create a record of Village life during Lockdown as well as providing a positive activity for residents and families. As it has turned out, the pandemic has continued to impact our daily lives significantly and we are now facing a second lockdown. I am hoping to continue to capture the thoughts and feelings of Village life, both as a way for people to engage and also so that future generations can reflect upon these times.
The project has recently received a small amount of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund that will be used to support an exhibition and continuation of the project.