(97)        THE FESTIVAL YEAR IN UPTON - 1951

The people of Upton have taken part in the memorable year which is being celebrated throughout the length and breadth of Britain. Contributions have come from many sources.

In connection with the Festival of British garden scheme, the following plans have been carried out:-

1.      Flowering Trees have been planted on the grass verge between Upton Cross and the Village Hall. These have been given by the various clubs and institutes in the village, e.g. two trees were given by the Upton Heath Women's Institute.

2.      Flower Beds have been planted on the vacant spaces on Long Lane corner. The Horticultural Society have co-operated with the Parish Council in this matter.

3.      The Upton Branch of the British Legion held a Festival of Britain Week from 2nd to 7th July, with a varied and interesting programme (see souvenir programme).

4.      Lastly comes the contribution of our Women's Institute - this scrapbook of our village history.


We have found it a most interesting and absorbing task. In searching for our information we have felt like detectives hunting for clues, while piecing some of it together has been rather like making a jigsaw. It has been difficult because so many records are missing, and so many former inhabitants have moved away; difficult, too, because we had to search in two other parishes for our older church records which can tell us so much about the past of a village.

However, it is at last completed, and we hope that any errors or omissions we may have inadvertently made will be forgiven. We hope, too, that our Women's Institute will add to this scrapbook every year because history never stands still and development goes on even as we write.

(98)The scrapbook has aroused a great deal or interest, not only in the W.I. but in the whole village; and it has brought forth a wealth of talent among our illustrators, most of whom live in Upton.

Here we must again thank all those who helped to make possible the compiling of this book; and all those who took  interest and made us feel that this book in itself has been a factor in promoting a communal interest which, we hope, will not easily die away.