Calne Heritage Week Turns Back the Clock

Town Mayor Councillor Tom Rounds with Doug Edge, Clerk to the Trustees of Calne Welfare Charities, and resident Anne Mullin outside Calne Almshouses during Calne Open Doors Day on Saturday 10th September.
Sisters (L to R) Nancy Baggs, Jean Brindle and Doris Maslen (née Phillimore) at the Harris Reunion Tea Party. They all worked at Harris's in various departments from 1940's to 60's, including the factory floor, making sausages, packing bacon and clerical work. 
Councillor Tony Trotman, Chair of Calne Heritage Centre’s Trustees, shows Harmony James how to clock on for work at the Harris factory.
Evelyn Gales and her mother Hannah making a loom at Saturday’s weaving event, Calne Heritage Centre.
Local authors Peter Knight and Sue Wallace led a free tour of Calne’s Blue Plaques on Thursday 8th September.
Visitors from across Wiltshire headed to Calne last week to enjoy the town’s second Heritage Week, with a packed programme of 27 walks, talks and events celebrating many aspects of Calne’s past.

A highlight of this year’s programme was a Reunion Tea Party held at Calne Heritage Centre on Wednesday 7th September for employees of Calne’s Harris bacon factory. Over 100 people attended to reminisce with members of the Harris family and BBC Wiltshire recorded live from the event. Jane Marshall of Calne Our Place said “All who came had a wonderful time meeting up with old colleagues and friends and swapping stories. They also really enjoyed looking at photos and memorabilia from the Heritage Centre’s collection.”

Towards the end of the week, 16 events also coincided with the national Heritage Open Days scheme. Seven of the town’s historic buildings took part in Calne Open Doors Day on Saturday 10th September with many braving the rain to step inside intriguing buildings such as the town’s Almhouses and Calne Free Church. The Chippenham Morris Men also brought a buzz to the town centre as they performed in Phelps Parade at Calne Springs’ monthly Craft & Produce Market.

Claire Selman, Calne Town Council, said “Calne is blessed with a fascinating history and many beautiful buildings within the town’s Heritage Quarter. We would like to thank all who have supported this relative newcomer to the town’s events calendar and welcome any feedback or ideas for what we can add to next year’s programme.”

Calne Heritage Centre is free to visit and remains open throughout the year from Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, 2pm to 4pm. The centre is run entirely by volunteers, to find out more about opportunities to get involved call 01249 815305.


Published 13/09/2016 00:00:00

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