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Handcross Women's Institute gift of village sign
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Handcross Women's Institute gift of village sign

In 1978 the Handcross Women’s Institute celebrated their Diamond Jubilee and, as a permanent reminder of the event, they made a presentation of a decorative sign to the village. The idea of a village sign was announced at their Jubilee dinner in January 1978, and the presentation of the sign took place in July 1978.
My father, Roger Ray, made use of his clockwork cine camera to make a very short film of the unveiling ceremony. The weather was awful and the quality of the film is poor, but, perhaps fortunately, it does not last long!
Those identified include my mother, Nora Ray, president of Handcross WI in the pale mustard outfit, Mrs Joan Dick in the white blouse, Mrs Edie Boxall carrying her shopping bag, and, at the end of the film, Alan Greenfield just to the right of the post with David Pearce wearing jeans checking the time.
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Picture added on 29 September 2013 at 13:35
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Roger managed to obtain a telegraph pole and found a blacksmith who made the silhouette with a laser cutter.
When I raised the full length pole it was obviously too high, as shown here. So I put my tower scaffold up and reduced it to an acceptable height.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 14 October 2013
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