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10

Date:  

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Name:  

Tim Prosser

Location:  

Lynton, North Devon

Message:

A place where it is inevitable that your thoughts will imagine the villages as communities. I defy anybody not to shed a tear when sitting quietly in the remains of Tyneham or on the grassy cliffs of Worbarrow village. A very sad and special place in Britain.



Number:  

9

Date:  

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Name:  

Steph Gassor

Location:  

Buckingham, Bucks

Message:

What an excellent website! There are quite a lot of snippets of information on the web but nothing compared to this site. Very well done and thank you.

I am not descended from anyone from this lovely village, but have been so many times and have found it to be the most beautiful, peaceful place I have ever been. Dreadfully sad that the villagers were not allowed to return, but in one sense it has meant that the area has never moved into the modern world and has remained a fascinating remnant of rural social history, and a permanent shrine to its residents.

Thank you again for all your hard work.



Number:  

8

Date:  

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Name:  

Anne Lyons

Location:  

Oxford

Message:

Mary Miller, whose will has been transcribed here, is also my great great great great grandmother, through her daughter Elizabeth Balston/Balson. I wouldn't have known that without coming across Mary Miller's will on this web site- many thanks for setting it up.
When I walked along the coastal path past Worbarrow, some years ago, there was such a thick sea fog that we couldn't see anything below the cliff top- I must come back for another look!
Anne



Number:  

7

Date:  

Friday, 21 October 2011

Name:  

Layla Miller

Location:  

Lulworth, Dorset

Message:

Thanks for this informative website!
I'm related to the Millers of Tyneham, who fished from Worbarrow for many generations. Mary Miller, who's will is transcribed on this website and Tom O'Mahony mentions below, was also a relative of mine (a first cousin 7 generations removed I think!#. Jane Miller #died 1700) may have married Henry Vivian, both of Tyneham, so a possible connection with Elaine Schmitt's Vivian relations below. And James William Lucas (Annie Atyeo's relation below) was the brother of my great-great-grandmother Jane Maria Miller (nee Lucas). I have photos of her and their father William Lucas.
If anyone wants to exchange any information on the Millers or thinks they may be related, please contact me:
lardylay@yahoo.co.uk
Thanks, Layla



Number:  

6

Date:  

Monday, 26 September 2011

Name:  

Jonathan Reid

Location:  

Lincoln

Message:

My Grandfather Frederick Louis Stickland was the last Stickland to be born in Tyneham. The Stickland family lived in the parish of Tyneham for nearly 300 years, The Stickland cottage can still be found at Charnel if you ever go looking.



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5

Date:  

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Name:  

Tim O’Mahony

Location:  

Cork, Ireland

Message:

My partner's great-great-great-great-grandmother (if I'm counting the generations correctly) was the Mary Miller whose will is published here, through her granddaughter Rebecca Spencer. We have never been to Dorset but we would like to go sometime. It's a great website, thanks for all the work you have put into it.



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4

Date:  

Friday, 19 August 2011

Name:  

Andrew Blakely

Location:  

West Yorkshire

Message:

What a great website! Thanks for all the information and work you have put into it.



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3

Date:  

Monday, 8 August 2011

Name:  

Annie Atyeo (nee Parker)

Location:  

Verwood, Dorset

Message:

Visited Tyneham a couple of weeks ago. Could hardly contain my excitment on entering No 4 The Row!
I am great great grand-daughter of James William Lucas. I am very interested to know where I can obtain a copy of a photograph of James William Lucas and son Fred displayed in the Shepherd's Cottage. Also photograph with Fred in, displayed in the Church.
Can anybody help?
Annie



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2

Date:  

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Name:  

Jennifer Martin

Location:  

Plymouth, Devon

Message:

Was very interested to read about the Grebbell family, being the great great grandaughter of George Grebbell. A very interesting website, and I am looking forward to visiting Tyneham someday in the future.



Number:  

1

Date:  

Friday, 3 June 2011

Name:  

Elaine Schmitt

Location:  

Canada

Message:

Thanks for getting these pages up and running!
I am looking for information on the origins of the Vivian family of Tyneham. I believe the earliest parish record is the baptism of Moses to Joseph Vivian in the late 1600s. If anyone else is researching this family, or has any knowledge of them, please contact me.



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0

Date:  

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Name:  

Martin White

Message:

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Number:  

28

Date:  

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Name:  

Derek Gibbons

Location:  

Stony Stratford

Message:

A group of us are coming down for a few days walking in April 2017, and I have been looking at the website to find out about Tyneham. I have to congratulate you on providing such a fantastic resource. There is so much information, and I have been moved to tears by some of the content. I'm very much looking forward to visiting.



Number:  

27

Date:  

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Name:  

John Pidgeon

Location:  

Dorchester

Message:

Tyneham Platoon Home Guard


I'm researching for a book on the History of the WW2 Home Guard in Dorset. One chapter will feature the roughly 12 man platoon at Tyneham led by Lt W R G Bond. It is ironic this all volunteer platoon mustered one night in four to defend their little bit of England, only to lose it for ever to their own side.


I would like to hear from the families of those involved who may have stories or photographs to share. About 25 men served in the Home Guard at Tyneham as there was a steady turnover.


John

jcpidgeon@btinternet.com


The following men served:-


William Ralph Garneys Bond has no military experience but raises the platoon from his own estate tennants and neighbouring properties in a similar manner to the raising of the Militia in the Napoleonic Wars.ID card number WLKJ/40/1  Platoon Officer then 2nd Lt on 1/2/1941, Lt on 1/8/1942, Battalion Signals Officer on 1/7/1943 and Capt on 1/3/1944


Henry Mark Garneys Bond ID card DVJE/37/5 (Eton) was a private in the platoon in the early days before being commissioned into the regular army. Still alive 2016.


John Sharman Braisby ID card WLKK/45/4 of Blackmanstone Farm Steeple was Sgt in charge of Steeple section. Born 4/3/1912 promoted Sgt 15/3/1942


George Francis Braisby ID card WLKK/45/6 of Blackmanstone Farm born 19/8/1919. L/Corp  15/3/42, Corporal 15/3/1943. His Home Guard Service Certificate lists him as serving 5/6/1940 to 31/12/1944


Albert Henry Button born 19/10/1926 in Spetisbury ID Card WKQB/98/9. Enrolled as volunteer 10/2/1943 in Tyneham platoon. 29/12/1943 transfers to 4th Dorset HG address Causeway Farm Sherbourne Court Shaftsbury.


Thomas John Christopher of East Whiteaway Farm Corfe Castle (WLKI/104/3) joins Tyneham platoon 23/5/42 Transfers to Church Knowle platoon 16/8/1942


Jack Cleall ID card WLKJ/41/1 born Crewkerne 1/4/1897 Gardener Tyneham House Cottage with wife Elsie M and 2 redacted children in 1939 register. Served WW1 in Middlesex Regt as a Signaller. He is enrolled in the early LDV, takes part on guard in early days but not in rifle issue list or issued a uniform, so left in early days.


Ronald Horace Cranton is tractor driver born 29/3/1920 ID card WLKK/39/3 with parents at Lutton Farm Steeple


Joseph Alfred Dando, born 29/3/1912 in Clutton District of Somerset ID card WLKK/42/1 Farm worker at Steeple Leaze September 1939 he is Cook for the evacuation committee and his wife is First Aider.


Albert George Durrant is born 12/5/1915 and in 1939.is at West Grimston Cottages Maiden Newton with wife Rosalind E, occupation Farm Labourer Heavy Worker,.One child redacted ID card WLEL/192/1. Enrols in Tyneham platoon 15/10/1941.


Edwin Albert Elmes is born in Church Knowle 13/12/1902. In 1939 he is Under Gardener at The Garden Steeple with wife Jessie E Elmes .ID Card WLKK/47/1


Archibald James Everett  born Tyneham 21/8/1912. In 1939 he is a Farm Carter living in Cottage at Tyneham with parents George and Lily. ID Card WLKJ/49/3


Henry George Grant is born 8/12/1898 in East Stoke. 1939 he is a Woodman at 2 Gwyle Cottage Tyneham  ID Card WLKJ/44/1 Home Guard records give H Grant with previous military service in Warwickshire Regt and as a Lewis Gunner with the Durham Light Infantry


William Holland born 24/8/1886 in Hounslow Middlesex ID card WLKK/52/3. Served in WW1  in 2nd Dorset Regt in Mesopotamia 1939 Agricultural Labourer at Baltington Cottage. Corp W Holland leaves at own request 1/3/1942


Alan G. H. House born 1925 in Cambridge ID card number DXDP/5/26 is the son of Lt Commander Geoffrey House RN of  South Tyneham Cottage. He is discharged 29/12/1943 to RN Cambridge University and Commissioned into the Royal Navy. Still alive 2016.


Albert Arthur House born Wareham District 25/3/1916 Albert Arthur House is corporal in Tyneham Home Guard. In 1939 father Herbert is a Corn and Dairy Farmer. Albert is a Cowman


Gerald House born Wareham District 23/2/1918 is Albert’s younger brother. Gerald is a private and in 1939 is a Shepherd.


Reginald Charles A Longman was born 16/11/1913 in Wareham District. In 1939 he is in Farmwork assisting father Albert at Baltington Farm  ID card number WLKJ/51/4


William Matthews born 3/9/1903 is a Farm Labourer (groundwork) at Lutton Farm Steeple. WLKK/40/1. He is in Bond’s list of men for the platoon but not in any other lists.


John Miller at initial meeting of Tyneham Home Guard but rubbed out and did not muster with rest. Too old to serve. John Miller born 29/3/1866 Fisherman at Sea Cottage 1939 ID card WLKJ/56/1


William John Moss born 24/1/1910. In September 1939 he is First Aider and Billeting Officer WLKK/44/1 at Manor Farm Steeple


James William Smith WLKJ/40/3 of Tyneham House is in Bond’s lists as E. SMITH, but it is his wife who is E. Smith. He is Bond’s Butler, born 12/3/1895 with 12 yrs service Sherwood Foresters and 2nd Royal Tank Corps rank private. Sgt in HG platoon.  


William Alfred Squires born 12/2/1911 is cowman living at Green Cottage South Egliston with wife Hannah who is in ARP. He is born Dishworth Leicestershire and in 1911 is with parent Daniel and Annie at his grandparents house (James and Bessie Andrews) at Swalland Kimmeridge. Appointed Lance Corporal 15/3/1943. ID Card WLKJ/37/1


Herbert Arthur Stockley born 30/3/1917 ID card WLKG/279/4 is a General labourer at East Street Corfe Castle in 1939 with father Herbert. He is called up for service with G S Corps 3/12/1942


Arthur William Stockley ID card WLKJ/61/1 is born 1/8/1908. In 1939 he is a Cowman and General Labourer at Worbarrow


R Talbot ID card WQHA/216/1 from the Wincanton RD area is resident in Tyneham Village and is issued with rifle and uniform. Nothing else known.  


Robert Taylor is Farm Carter at North Egliston born 25/4/1904 with wife Josephine M Taylor. R Taylor on list of enrolments 22/9/1942  ID card no WLKJ/38/1 as a conscript. Promoted Corporal 10/11/1943


Reginald Gower Ware is born 11/12/1891 and served in WW1 as a 2nd Lt in the Army Service Corps ID card WLKJ/58/1 1939 disabled at Worbarrow. He attends initial HG meeting but is too ill to take a combative roll.


Ernest George Whitelock is born in Sherborne 17/6/1905 and married Evelyn Mary Kelly in Shaftsbury 1930.  1939 he is a farm Carter WLKJ/47/1 in Tyneham Village There is a transfer shown on 21/10/1941 of E G Whitelock to No 3 (Wool & Bere Regis) Company



Number:  

26

Date:  

Monday, 2 May 2016

Name:  

Paul Stockley

Location:  

Westbourne

Message:

Hi there,


I'm the grandson of Vera Stockley (nee Wellman) - daughter of Alice Wellman (nee Lucas) and Bob Wellman. Vera married Herbert Stockley who had a son, Ivan Stockley my Father. Ivan married Gillain Howard and had three children Sarah, Paul (myself) and Andrew. We all regularly visit Tyneham and walking around and remembering our father taking us there when we growing up and telling us about our heritage as i enjoy learning about my families history.


Also trying trace back through generations who lived in Tyneham to see is this is where my great-grandmother's family originated from, unsure if anybody has any information (pictures) REF descendants Lucas AKA Shepard Lucas  & Wellman


Kindest Regards


Paul



Number:  

25

Date:  

Friday, 22 April 2016

Name:  

John Pettit

Location:  

Weymouth Dorset

Message:

Hi,


Just redoing family Trees, (on Balson line at moment, doing each line separate this time!) Checking your very helpful web site

. . . WOW!! AMAZING! piece by June Martin, on "Hollow Ditch".

I have heard of the story of Gerald's adoption, but,thanks to June Martin, I now have a face to put to the names!!


My Grandmother, was Adelaide Mabel Balson, mother Amelia Gould, Amelia lost a son in the Second Boer war (1902,) & another son in the First World War, (remembered in Tyneham Church).


I have photo of Amelia`s husband,William, with family at Whiteway home; picture of grandfather, also called William, ( whom I believe built their house?) but, no others of the Balson family . . . till now!


MANY, Many thanks to June for filling in another piece of the jigsaw.  



Number:  

24

Date:  

Friday, 20 November 2015

Name:  

Harry Coutts

Location:  

Bridport Dorset

Message:

This website is excellent. I have found that my great-great-great grandfather, Frederick Thomas Way was dairyman of Tyneham before moving into North Egliston farm with his parents and his young family. Sadly, I can't seem to find anything of them after his child, Edgar Leslie Way died shortly after birth in 1902. I was amazed at how well preserved North Egliston farm is and why not many people have paid much notice to it. It is a beautiful farm and is at huge risk of roof collapse. Why can't this be restored or at least protected like the main farm has been? This is the one of the best preserved structures in the village and the only dwelling in the village left entirely intact and only intact structure left unrestored. I would commit my time, effort and money into preserving this beautiful old farm and I would like to think others would feel the same. Could this be a possibility for a new and exciting project in the near future?



Number:  

23

Date:  

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Name:  

Colin Adams

Location:  

Portsmouth

Message:

My Great-Great-Grandfather Anthony Martin Tripcony (1820-1889) from St Keverne, Cornwall, was employed in the coastguard service in Warbarrow in the 1850s, just after marrying Harriet Griffin on the Isle of Wight.

The first four of their children were baptised in Tyneham Church:

Seth in 1853, Elizabeth & Harriet in 1856 and my Great-Grandmother Susannah in 1858. Susannah married Alfred Tadd (1858-1895) in Chichester, Christmas eve 1880. She had 5 children, Edward, William, Ernest, Ellen (my Grandmother) & Rosa.

... so I found it a extra special place to visit a few years ago and must return soon.

Susannah died in Portsmouth 11 Sept 1926.



Number:  

22

Date:  

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Name:  

Sheila Davidson

Location:  

Bournemouth

Message:

My ggg/grandmother Dinah Miller was born in Tyneham in 1788 She married Joseph Furmage from Corfe Castle and died there in 1826. Dinah Miller's descendants come down through my mother's line to the present day. As Tyneham was a very small village, it's possible that she may have been connected to Mary Miller mentioned in some of the previous messages on here. I would be very interested in finding any family connections.



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21

Date:  

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Name:  

Roy Bowden

Location:  

Cheshire

Message:

I'm another descendant of Mary Miller through her daughter Elizabeth Balson. The transcription of Mary's will is a great boon because the PRs seems to have Elizabeth baptised as Mary.

So, thanks for the transcription. Elizabeth's daughter Delilah became a Simmonds and that line -> Henry -> Tom -> ended with my grandmother, Dorothy (d 1958, buried Dewlish).

I'll happily discuss the details with anyone, we're family after all! roy.bowden@care4free.net

Although born in Puddletown we moved away when I was young. But we did make annual pilgrimages to Man o' War Bay and used to swim through Durdle Door. Then back up the cliffs where the top of the slippery track had a chain to help you clamber up. It's difficult to believe that's still there.



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20

Date:  

Monday, 5 August 2013

Name:  

Sarah Colliver

Location:  

Forest of Dean

Message:

My family and I LOVE Tyneham. We discovered it by accident whilst on holiday in Swanage 12 years ago, by stumbling on a book about it. We had holidayed in the area for many years and so this was so intriguing as we had never heard of it. Needless to say it captured out hearts, the stunning surrounding countryside, the scent of wild garlic and the undeniable sense that hits you as you wander around that this is a truly special place. We now share the secret of Tyneham with anyone we know who visits Dorset, and visit whenever we are down that way. This website is fantastic and I have enjoyed looking through all of the information. I can only imagine what sorrow those villagers felt being torn from such a beautiful home.



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19

Date:  

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Name:  

Ruth Lancaster

Location:  

UK

Message:

I am the gt gt grandaughter of Job CHURCHILL 1848-1931 whose probate details you have on this website! This is part of his life story.
Job was one of several children of Henry Churchill of Greenland's Farm, Studland and a grandson of William and Betty Churchill of Rempstone. Henry had started off working for his own father-in-law, John Read, and inherited a lot of land and the farm through his marriage to Harriet Read. Their eldest son, Isaac, was not interested in farming and was a ship builder (however Isaac died quite young) and it was left to Job to farm alongside his father, Henry, at Greenland's Farm for the best part of his life, where his main job was a dairyman.

Job married Roseanna EELES, daughter of Thomas Eeles, the Police Superintendant of Wareham. When Henry Churchill died, in 1899, Job carried on at Greenland's until buying Povington Farm around 1902.

Job and Roseanna had 6 children, including Tom who was a Policeman in Wareham, Ted who helped on the farm and married into the COOPER family, Harriet who married a cousin from the HARRIS family, Evelyn, who married Arthur Cooper and lived at Steeple and my gt grandfather Christopher, a shepherd at Povington Farm working for his father and who married Olave.
Olave had come to Tyneham, from Frome, for work with her family, she worked at Tyneham House with her mother, her father was the mechanic. Christopher and Olave lived in a cottage close to Povington
farm, with their own 3 young sons, one being my grandfather. Job's wife Roseanna died in 1912 and is buried in Tyneham Churchyard.
In 1916 there was a scandal, the elderly, widowed Job Churchill and all his local family went to Wareham market, leaving Christopher (aged 29, married with children) alone at Povington farm with just the local farm servant girl Eva DIFFEY. Nature took it's course and the girl fell pregnant, the local newspapers had a field day & I have read all the reports, it seems that there was a lot of debate as to whether she was 15 or 16 at the time, however she did report to the court that she "enjoyed" kissing him!! Eva's father took on old Job.... can you imagine all this going on in a small place like Povington. Eva Diffey's baby didnt survive and all this, as you can imagine, caused a big family fall out. Old Job refused to speak to Christopher again and Job put Povington farm up for sale, rather than leave it in his will and in 1917 S W COTTEE auctioneers of Wareham sold the farm and all the contents and Job moved to Steeple to retire. Job lived to the ripe old age of 83, eventually moving to Sussex to live with his son Ted who had moved there some years earlier and that is where Job died, hence the probate papers giving a Sussex address!
Olave stood by her husband, they moved from the area and farmed several Dorset farms before settling on the Longleat estate in Wiltshire, where Olave had lots of family relations. Chris and Olave both lived long & happy lives, celebrating a platinum wedding anniversary (70 years married) and both died in their nineties, I spent many happy times with them both and it was they who installed in me the family history stories. I have an extensive family tree and my name will often pop up when anyone researches the Churchill's of Studland, Rempstone, Corfe, Wareham, Povington, Tyneham and other local families.



Number:  

18

Date:  

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Name:  

Sarah Holland

Location:  

Wareham

Message:

This is a great website, I am the great, great, great granddaughter of John and Rose Holland and the information I have found is fascinating, I find it sad though that three of their sons died at war! Thank you for all the information people have put on here, we will be visiting Tyneham again very soon.



Number:  

17

Date:  

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Name:  

Vince Jones

Location:  

Martinstown, Dorset

Message:

Does anyone know if the story of the village evacuation has ever been recorded in the form of a play? It seems to me such a powerful human story.



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16

Date:  

Friday, 6 July 2012

Name:  

Brenda Webster neé Lucas

Location:  

Kent

Message:

Hello. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all who created dorsetopc records. I have been fascinated with my family history so far. My grandfather was James Lucas of Coombe Keynes, born 1857 and at the age of 50 married my grandmother Eliza Harriet James in Tyneham during 1908. She was only 22. My father was born on 28 June 1924 and grandfather died 11 days later on July 9th. Eliza then married a toyboy, one Wilfred Bertram Watts in January 1926, who was 23 yrs to her 40 yrs. She had two children before her marriage to James Lucas and I would like to think James Lucas was the father of them also.

If anyone has further information on this family, I would be pleased to hear from them.

Many thanks for reading my outpourings...

Brenda.



Number:  

15

Date:  

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Name:  

Jan Marsh

Location:  

Swanage

Message:

Hi,
Is there anyone related to Keziah Miller born 1800 in Tyneham, She married Henry Lander also born 1800 (Langton Matravers) in West Lulworth December 3rd 1822. She died on 3 May 1871 in Langton Matravers. Daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Miller.Nee Bradford.
Where did Keziah and her family live?
She is my 3rd Great Grandma any info or photo's of her would be appreciated.
Please contact me on
janmarsh27@outlook.com
Thank you.
Jan.



Number:  

14

Date:  

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Name:  

Lindsey Guest

Location:  

Middlesex

Message:

I visited Tyneham on Monday having a photo in my possession of my 2 Great Grandaunts, Charlotte and Helen Hole, and their brother, William, which says it was "taken at Tyneham after the last war". The family came from Farnham, Surrey.
The first house I went in, No 1 The Row, Schoolhouse, had a display board which states 'records show that a Miss Charlotte Hole, retired teacher, and her sister Helen living in the schoolhouse from 1933 until it was requisitioned by the Army'...imagine my delight and surprise! I had no idea they had lived in this delightful setting and had been part of it's sad history.
I'd love to hear from anyone who might have known them.



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13

Date:  

Monday, 16 April 2012

Name:  

Alice Simons

Location:  

Aylesbury

Message:

Hello all just wanting to know if anyone is related to or has any more info on James Lucas who married Eliza Harriet James at Tyneham church in 1908 these are my gt grandparents, also looking for any old photos of whiteway cottages as this was there address at time of marriage, please e mail me on allyt25@googlemail.com



Number:  

12

Date:  

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Name:  

Lyn Kirkland

Location:  

Australia

Message:

Started this morning trying to find out more about Povington Tyneham which was listed as the birth place of my aunt. Three hours later have looked at all sections of the website and have been fascinated with all the information and photos. Thanks to all those who have helped put the information onto this wonderful, informative site.
hopefully trying to get to Dorset within the next 2 years, so will be on my list of to do's



Number:  

11

Date:  

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Name:  

Grant Woolley

Location:  

Surrey

Message:

I recently visited Tyneham with a documentary crew that I'm working with.
Before I even arrived I was mesmerized by the surrounding scenery, it wasn't until I set foot in the village, I realized how special this living time capsule truly is.
The cameraman said to me whilst we were there, "No wonder why the villagers wanted to come back so badly, if I were them I would never had left this beautiful place".
If any of the relatives of the villagers would be kind enough contribute to the documentary, either by archive photographs and/or by interview;

Could you please contact me grantwoolley_16@hotmail.com by April 15th 2012.
Thank you,
Grant



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