A Snapshot of Playford Village in 2020...

Reflections from Residents (Past and Present)

Playford Walks

Playford Walks

Liz

Liz

Olle

Olle

Victoria

Victoria

Wendy and Brian

Wendy and Brian

Sue and Richard

Sue and Richard

Rupert

Rupert

Freya

Freya

Brian

Brian

Julie

Julie

Suzanna

Suzanna

Alison

Alison

Alex

Alex

Geoff

Geoff

The Playford WI

The Playford WI

Playford Memory Box

Playford Memory Box

Playford Exhibition

Playford Exhibition

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."

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We didn't expect 2020 to be like this! 

As we approach the end of a tumultuous year that has had a profound affect on everyone in many different ways, I wanted to capture a snapshot of personal reflections about Playford during 2020.

The idea is 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 these socially distanced and isolated times.

With the help of others, I've been collecting letters, pictures and voice recordings 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 is to capture a cross-section of thoughts and feelings of people connected to the Village.

The submissions will be showcased in a couple of exhibitions (see below) and copies of the box will be donated to the heritage records for the Village. 

 

You can view some of the contributions on this website. 

 

The project will run until the end of February 2021.

Please help by contributing your thoughts!

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How to Contribute

Take you place in Village History!

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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.

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Topic Ideas

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

  • Exercising

  • Social Distancing

  • Using Technology

  • Home schooling

  • Birthdays and Celebrations

  • Creativity and new skills

  • News

  • Work life

  • 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

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Exhibition

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 

NEXT EXHIBITION COMING SOON

(Early 2021)

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PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOUR STORY

The project is due to end in February 2021 so please act now to contribute your story. 

Ask Us Anything!

Thanks for submitting!

About Me

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.

John Royle

  

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