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A year in the life of a village

A FILM depicting life in a south Northants village during 2000 has been produced.

The Helmdon branch of the Workers’ Education Association produced the film as a lasting way of preserving the vitality and spirit of a Northants village special to the people that live there.

The local studies group made the two-hour film, which looks at everything that happens in the village during a year, to mark the millennium.

Audrey Harwood, secretary of the Helmdon WEA, said "We have made the film so that the people in perhaps 100 years’ time will be able to view the video disc and read the typescript we have made, to understand what made a village tick around the year 2000.

Willy Watson, who made the film, is by profession a farmer and this is his first venture into film making. He was supported in his efforts all the way by members of the group; Audrey Harwood, Val and Stewart Moir, Judy Cairns, Jean Spendlove, Liz Woolley and Cec Harold.

"It has all been tremendous fun with a very worthwhile result, a watchable, enjoyable film that has the added serious purpose of being a bit of village local history preserved for the future."

Copies of the film and transcript are being given to the Northampton Record Office, parish council and the parish church, and it will be made available to villagers and newcomers.

Northampton Chronicle - 3rd June 2000

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