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Roadshow Tuesday 26 February, Take a Break Group, Andover

Take a Break Group at Andover

One woman was wearing a gold plated three penny piece on a necklace

The Heritage100 Roadshow dropped in to the ‘Take a Break’ Group in Andover on Tuesday 26 February.

We all enjoyed looking at the Heritage100 website, especially some of the films about vintage cars which are on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.  Everyone agreed that a vintage car, such as the featured 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, is a great addition to any wedding day. However, the 1898 Wedding Cake from the Willis Museum in Basingstoke, might not be such an asset, despite the fact that apparently beneath the discoloured icing the cake is still quite moist.

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Items from the Days Out themed memory box evoked many memories of the past. The 1941 driving license reminded one woman of the first car that she and her husband had owned which had been a blue Hillman and had seemed big at the time but was probably not by today’s standards.  Everyone recognised the half crowns and three penny bits in the box of old money.  One of the women proved this in particular as she showed that she was wearing a gold plated three penny piece on a necklace.  Looking at the money led on to talks about old fashioned sweets and what you could buy in the old days for just a penny, such as sherbet dabs, four fruit salad chews, aniseed balls or cough drops. 

Several of the women recalled how when they were young in the 1930’s their mother’s had got up really early and gone out to work cleaning before coming home to get the children ready for school.  They said that in those days the family never had much money but they never went without anything that mattered since they were fed and clothed and sent to school.  One woman reminisced about her father and how he had been a Gatekeeper for the Tasker’s factory, where she too had worked later on when leaving school.  The job of factory Gatekeeper had been common for many years yet was something virtually unknown today.

The iPads were passed around and, with help from the team, some people really got the hang of working the touchscreen to look at the Heritage100 website.  

We left the ‘Take A Break’ group just before lunch, as the group tucked in to their weekly favourite meal of fish and chips.

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