Film ‘steeped in history’ is resounding success

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More than 120 people packed into St Patrick’s Church Hall in Nuthall for the first public screening of a film detailing the history of the village.

Nuthall and District History Society has been working on the film ‘Nuttall, Dear Old Nuttall’ for the last three years, using images collected since the group came into being 45 years ago.

History Society Chairman Spencer Spooner extended a warm welcome to those present saying the village was ‘steeped in history’.

At the end of the hour long film the audience gave a resounding show of their appreciation with a great ovation to those who made it all possible.

Kimberley’s Historical Society chairman Roy Plumb hailed the film montage as ‘a triumph of teamwork and a remarkable achievement by those involved’.

And Nuthall councillor Philip Owen described it as ‘a legacy’.

Cllr Owen said: “They have reproduced what is a precious record of the village’s history which will serve as a legacy for the youngsters in local primary schools, who will be given copies of the DVD.”

One of the mastermind’s behind the film, Mr Spooner, said he felt ‘proud’.

“The society was amazed at the support given and the turn-out for the event. Nuthall stands tall in the annals of Nottinghamshire’s proud history and I congratulate everyone who has contributed to the making of something that is considered very special.”

Such was the popularity of the film, the history society is considering putting on a second showing later this year.

Spencer Spooner, Tony Horton and Marie Roberts, backed by society secretary John Doyle, spent countless hours trawling through numerous photographs images and documents relating to the village’s illustrious past to make the film.

“It has been a challenging project and one that has required a great deal of time and patience” said Mr Spooner.

“We combined old photographic images with accompanying commentary, video footage and music.”

The film’s title relates to the memoirs of Emily Bennett, a former resident living in the village in Victorian times.

Famous names from Nuthall’s history including the likes of Charles Sedley, Basil Russell, Sybil Toone, Robert Holden and Florence Heap were proudly mentioned as were notable landmarks and buildings – the most prestigious one being the ill-fated Nuthall Temple.

During the film there were poignant contributions made by Mary Lowe and the Rev Dennis Hibbert who have both recently passed away, as well as from pioneering local history researcher Margaret Leafe.