Ravenscliffe community responds to appeal

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: From left, group members Irene Lofthouse, Maureen Holmes and Arlene Borrill of Ravenscliffe Community Association From left, group members Irene Lofthouse, Maureen Holmes and Arlene Borrill of Ravenscliffe Community Association

Community workers spotlighting the origins of a Bradford estate have been “overwhelmed” by the response to their first exhibition.

Turnout for the event at Ravenscliffe’s Gateway community centre “exceeded all expectations”, said project organisers.

And hopes are high for a second, similar event next month.

The community has been urged to get involved with Seeds of the Past, a link-up with the centenary of the First World War. The aim is to preserve stories and celebrate those who shaped the area.

People have been asked to share memories passed down through the generations, with volunteers collecting oral histories, photos, documents and letters as well as family tales to build a picture of what life was like during and after the war.

Items have now gone on show for the first time at the Gateway centre.

Project leader Arlene Borrill said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to our first exhibition. Nearly 50 people turned up to see what we had collected. Many now in their 70s and 80s had not seen each other since schooldays, so it got quite emotional at times.”

Miss Borrill said much of the response followed Telegraph & Argus reports about the scheme and an appeal for photos, letters and any other information about the past.

A second event is being held at the centre on Friday, April 25, from 11am to 2pm, updating the collection of memorabilia.

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