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Colonel Heath’s Hut

Over the last eighteen months, the parish of Throwleigh, via its own local Archive, has been developing its 'Parishscapes' project with funding and assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund supported 'Moor Than Meets The Eye' scheme, led by the Dartmoor National Park Authority.

In March 2017  Throwleigh Archive presented the first of two productions about the history and heritage of Throwleigh. Called, The Miss Varwells Throwleigh it was an adaptation of an account of the history of the village published in 1938 by a local resident, Emmie Varwell. A mixture of narrative, live-action, music and song illustrated by photographs from the Archive, it played to packed houses of delighted audiences.

In March 2018, the Archive will be presenting their second production. Titled, Colonel Heath's Hut, the presentation will concentrate on events in the village during the late 1940s and early 1950s, in particular the struggle to acquire and develop a Village Hall. Unlike Part 1, this performance is not based on the writings of one person. Instead a wide range of accounts, reminiscences and documents held by the Throwleigh Archive have been utilised, along with extracts from contemporary local newspapers.

In addition, once again, there are a range of photographs drawn from the Archive’s collection which support the narrative. Also, this time, the producers are utilising a number of film extracts. Because time had moved on, another world war had happened and the Throwleigh of the 1940s and 50s was becoming a different place. Although many of the old families still remained and much of life went on as before, the wider world was beginning to impact on the village. New fashions in clothes, in music and communications could not be ignored and these are represented in this production.  Step by step, the traditional village, so lovingly described by Emmie Varwell, was beginning its transformation into the Throwleigh of today.

Narrators, performers, singers and musicians will put together what will be a lively, amusing and fond look back at the post-war village. The performances will be in Throwleigh Village Hall at 7.30pm on the evenings of March 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2018. Tickets for the Archive's previous production sold out weeks before the performances, so it would be well to get your request in for tickets which are now available. Further information from Dave and Dawn Hatton on 01647 231051