(first published in Wivenhoe News - Winter 2006)
out" is all one can say about the attendance at the Sailing
Club on 5 October 2006 for the double launch of Wivenhoe's community
oral history project's book and DVD.
The Rev David Thomas, Chairman of the project, introduced the
launch, saying "We thought there'd be a few of you, we didn't
realise there would be so many, but it's a pleasure to see all of
This has been
very much a community project, David said, and a tremendous number
of people have been involved. He
particularly wished to thank Brenda Corti who has done all the
administration, and Paul Thompson who has directed the project;
"but the spirit of Ernie Vince pervades this room and pervades
Wivenhoe – so I should like to dedicate this evening to his
Paul Thompson said "This is the culmination of two and a half year's
work ... we've had high quality professional help, and an outstanding
transcriber in Marion Haberhauer.
A selection of interviews has been used for the book but more will
appear month by month with Peter Hill's help on the Wivenhoe website ...
Wivenhoe is full of historians: personal historians, boat historians, club
historians ... what you see tonight is the fruit of a collective
trooped upstairs to watch the DVD. I
counted one hundred people and more in the audience.
Andy Attenburrow, one of the makers of the DVD, introduced the film
and he praised John Wolton
who had composed and recorded the musical score.
The film is a beauty, lovely to watch, full of incident, personal
testimony, and arresting scenes of both historic and present day Wivenhoe. It was received with delight, everybody enjoyed it, and it
was rewarded with enthusiastic applause.
book Sea-change: Wivenhoe Remembered, published by Tempus, is an absolute
corker. It has been
beautifully produced, replete with sparky anecdotes, and it gives a
portrait of the changing scene: the farms, fishing and sailing, the
shipyards, the shops and pubs, the coming of the artists and the
university - and much else besides. All
the interviews are marvellously
evocative – all those stories and memories – and the photographic
record of Wivenhoe is just fantastic.
roaring trade was done that evening, I understand 105 copies of Sea-change
were sold, and now - if you've not got one yet - it is available at
the Wivenhoe Bookshop.
|Note: The book and now
the DVD are both available from the Wivenhoe Bookshop