This is an informal group which decided in March 2014 to get together on a regular basis to explore the history of St Mary Bourne and surrounding areas.
There is no formal membership (or subscription!) involved. Meetings are held every Tuesday morning in the house of a member, and those who would like to join in come as and when they are able.
We are fortunate in having a history of our village already in existence, written by Dr Joseph Stevens. That is the good news. But the bad news is that it has not been re-assessed since 1893, although there have been several booklets covering various aspects of village life since then, for example those by Kathleen Innes and Margaret Wedge, who brought the history up to the millennium.
We decided that the obvious place to begin to bring alive the past of our village is the First World War.
One of the main reasons for this is that our roll of honour, a copy of which hangs in our church, lists the surnames and initials of all those who took part. On Remembrance Sunday every year, the names of those who died are read out and we remember them, as Laurence Binyon promised.
But what of those who did not die? We believe that all those who abandoned their families and friends, livelihoods and all they held dear to take part in a national conflict also deserve to be remembered.
But before we can remember them, we need to find out who they were. What did they do? Where did they live? Our trail begins…