Cakes and Tales event will explore fascinating Lydiard history

By Barrie Hudson - 11 November 2022

  • The Stan Dash Band, Hook Village Hall, 1950s. (Image copyright Friends of Lydiard House)

    The Stan Dash Band, Hook Village Hall, 1950s. (Image copyright Friends of Lydiard House)

The Friends of Lydiard Park are preparing for their second annual free Cakes and Tales gathering.

Cakes and Tales: Lydiard Tregoze Family History Event will be held at Hook, Greatfield and Greenhill Village Hall, SN4 8EA, from 2.30pm on Tuesday, 15 November.

Last year's was such a success that the Friends decided to make it a yearly occasion.

A spokesperson said: "Thanks to our wonderful audience, new material in the form of photographs and documents came to light and have kept on coming! 

"If you have family connections with Lydiard Park and the parish of Lydiard Tregoze this is a chance to share your memories and explore The Lydiard Archives with Friends of Lydiard Park Chair Sarah Finch-Crisp and local historian and fellow Trustee, Frances Bevan." 

For over 50 years The Friends of Lydiard Park have been gathering and compiling the memories and stories of people who grew up in and around Lydiard Park, creating a history of the life of the village.  

The Friends will be showing more of the historic photographs they have collected and describing some of the stories behind them.  

This year is the 70th anniversary of the opening of Hook Village Hall in 1952, and people at the gathering will be able to find out about the whist drives, dances and entertainment which were part of the fundraising effort to build the hall - and will be welcome to add their own local historical knowledge.

Historian Frances Bevan will also share her discoveries in the remarkable diaries of Elliot Woolford (d1941) of Hook Farm. Elliot provides the reader with a no-nonsense view of farming life at Lydiard Tregoze spanning more than 45 years as well as a record of social activities in the village.  

His livelihood was forever at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather and fluctuating market prices but both he and his wife Amy appeared indomitable. 

The spokesperson added: "The Lydiard Archives are continually expanding and provide a wonderful digital resource for anyone interested in their local history, including school pupils who will be able to discover more about what life was like for children in the past. 

"Please do bring along any photographs and historical material you would like to share and we will photograph them on the spot.

"Cakes and Tales is a FREE social event though we would be very grateful for your donations on the day." 

The cakes are all home made by volunteers, and people can help ease catering by booking with Secretary Julie Holland at [email protected] 

Full details of forthcoming events can be found at

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