Bestwood Village heritage day to take place tomorrow

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A HERITAGE day to remember Bestwood Village in its colliery heyday which was postponed last Saturday because of the heavy snowfall will take place tomorrow.

The morning was planned to give visitors to Bestwood Country Park the chance to look back at the area’s past.

The event, which is being organised by the country park’s owners, Nottinghamshire County Council, will now take place from 10am to noon at the Dynamo House.

“We just couldn’t risk running the event last Saturday with the arrival of so much snow from a health and safety point of view,” explained community liaison officer at Bestwood Country Park, Sue McDonald.

“The nature of the event meant we would have attracted more elderly people, but even the short distance from the car park to the visitors’ centre was treacherous.”

Holly Godward (20), a BA (Hons) History student at Nottingham Trent University will be interviewing people about their memories of Bestwood as part of her final year dissertation.

And colleagues from Picture the Past, an archive library project managed by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Derby City Council, will also be at the event to scan images and documents for visitors.

“We hope the British weather will be kinder to us this weekend and enable the event to go-ahead,” added Sue.

“We are looking forward to it and hope it will be a real celebration of the country park and Bestwood’s historic past.

“Do you have any memories, stories, old photographs or artefacts of old Bestwood village, the colliery, and the people who lived and worked here? If so, bring them along to the day to share your experiences and take part in this interesting research.”

Members of the Winding Engine House Volunteer Group and Friends of Bestwood Country Park are set to be at the Heritage Day.

Sue added: “And there will be plenty of warm drinks and cakes for a reasonable charge supplied by the WI and the Friends.”

For further details call Sue McDonald on 07500 106567