Jacksdale pupils will learn village’s history

NEAABE110531c2, Jacksdale heritage group and Children from Jacksdale primary school look at the history of the village. Lucy and Alfie Mitchell, Hannabel Hall, Andrea Stamp, back Brian Bland and Carol Taylor from JACHs heritage group.
NEAABE110531c2, Jacksdale heritage group and Children from Jacksdale primary school look at the history of the village. Lucy and Alfie Mitchell, Hannabel Hall, Andrea Stamp, back Brian Bland and Carol Taylor from JACHs heritage group.

CHILDRen at Jacksdale Primary School are creating a book about what the village was like 100 years ago.

The pupils are comparing street maps from 1911 and 2011, researching how housing, jobs and school life has changed and finding out about the history of their own homes and the families who lived there.

They are looking at the 1911 census and appealing for information and photos of villagers who appear in it.

The end result of the project will be a 32 page booklet featuring their findings.

The challenge forms part of a wider project by the Jacksdale Heritage Group, which is researching the village between 1911 and 1914 and producing a book in 2014 to tie in with the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War One.

The group secured £47,000 from the Lottery Heritage Fund for the project.

They put a folder together on every single street in Jacksdale, with pictures and information about shops and businesses, to start the pupils off with their research.

Group secretary Carol Taylor-Cockayne said: “It’s good to involve people of all ages and the children seem to be really enjoying it.

“Hopefully it will give them an interest in local history and also genealogy.”

The school’s booklet will be sold on the village’s annual Soldier Day on June 26 and proceeds will go to the school.

Anyone with any information that could help towards the project should call Ms Taylor-Cockayne on 01773 603440.