Richmond Letcombe Regis Village, hosted a Bygone Era Event on Saturday 3rd May, forty residents from Richmond and Letcombe Regis village heard tales of the watercress beds associated to Letcombe Bassett story teller was John Peskett who has lived in Letcombe Regis village for over 30 year. He took us all back in time to the traditional cries of the
famous "Bassett Cress" in the Old Covent Garden Market, and he beautifully narrate the tales of Thomas Hardy who called this village Cresscombe and read abstracts from the book “Jude
the Obscure” in relation to Arabella’s cottage.
The afternoon was followed by a walking tour of Letcombe Regis village and our tour guide was Vic Priest, another local resident of Letcombe Regis. He narrated historical village tales and illustrated with showing us seventeen points of interest, which included the Greyhound Inn. It is thought from its steps, the Riot Act was read in the late 1900s, apparently for the last time in England. Letcombe Regis village had more pubs and we went for a short stroll to discover “The Sparrow” once a public house and is now a private house and we discovered a lot more about the village history which whet the appetite of the fifteen residents to find out more historical tales at their own leisure.
We return to Richmond Village for a final talk on “Grove Airfield from 1940 to the
present day and the story teller was Vic Priest. The story was told through illustration
of historical photography’s, maps and military points of reference.
The closing moments were testimonies from residents; “Excellent talk about Letcombe Bassett
and watercress, full of points of interest and a very well planned event”
“Thank you – very interesting and would always like to hear more”
“Loved the walk did not know Letcombe Regis Village was so interesting from an historical point of view”
“What ashamed we cannot preserve Grove Airfield and well presented talk"
The event was closed by Wendy Middleton Richmond’s Community Relations Manager by expressing gratitude "vote of thanks" to the guest speakers, volunteers and hospitality staff who played a vital role in the success of this event.