On Saturday May 7, Wreningham Heritage Group were pleased to welcome the Stowmarket-based Food Museum to the village hall with their touring exhibition. Jean Lambourne reports.

The exhibition focused on two subjects – firstly on the discovery of traditional recipes of the region – they had many on display and were asking for new contributions from visitors who may have been handed down a family favourite.

The second aspect of the tour is in co-operation with Leeds University, on a long-running project starting in the 1950s to identify the many dialect words in the English language. One of their original recordings, which we were able to hear, was of members of the Clark and Brown families in Ashwellthorpe. Where possible they are finding current family members to record their memories. There were some priceless examples to be read and listened to and, again, visitors were encouraged to contribute their own words.

The Wreningham Heritage Group contribution to the day was a reprise of our farming history as seen at WHG’s October exhibition, together with new details of the history of our village shop. We also provided much appreciated refreshments.

Eighty visitors, one from as far afield as Norwich and others from Tacolneston, Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall, enjoyed a very sociable gathering whilst, hopefully, learning something about our shared past.

The Museum staff were delighted with their day and kindly extended an invitation to WHG to visit them as guests on a day to be arranged this summer.

All residents of Wreningham are welcome to attend our meetings, which are advertised in the Mardle and other media.

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