Trip down memory lane for historic Church Farm launch

One of the many images of Church Farm included in the souvenir publication. Inset is the site's new logo.
One of the many images of Church Farm included in the souvenir publication. Inset is the site's new logo.
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A SOUVENIR publication providing an historic account of Church Farm and the wider region is being launched to coincide with the site’s grand reopening.

The 20 page glossy booklet covers the history of Skegness, Lincolnshire and its people from more than 3000 years ago through to its ascendancy as a seaside resort.

Church Farm Village, as it has been renamed, will open its doors to the public again on Friday for the first time since it was threatened with closure last year.

The committee tasked with securing its future following funding cuts from Lincolnshire County Council, has put the booklet together as part of its ongoing attempts to raise funds and widen the award winning heritage site’s appeal.

Local historian, committee member and contributing author Jill Caine said: “I would thoroughly recommend it - it’s a very good looking book, the photography is superb and it’s a great overview of the history of Church Farm, Skegness and the wider area.”

Jill’s account begins in the ice age with the fist hunter gatherer settlers, going on to cover the region’s later agricultural prowess before culminating in the mass tourist expansion of Skegness in the 1870s.

Photography by John Byford and Steve Gould complement Jill’s enlightening tale with eye-catching images of the agricultural artefacts and historic buildings.

The publication also sees the launch of a new logo the new committee intend to market and rebrand Church Farm Village with.

Based on an image engraved on an iron age coin, John Byford chose the circular motif surrounded by smaller concentric circles for its simplicity, the links it holds with the site and the committee’s aspirations for it.

Its wheel-like design is reflected by their desire to keep on turning and moving forward into the future.

John also sees a similarity between the traditional layout of a village with a central green surrounded by buildings with that of the Church Farm and its new logo.

The books will be available for £4.95 at the reopening on Friday, which the public can attend for free.

Tasty treats cooked in the farmhouse kitchen will be available, bands will perform and traditional crafts will be on display including blacksmiths and wood-turners. Into the weekend there will be a medieval re-enactment by the Knights of Skirbeck.

There will also be a chance to become an honorary knight by entering the archery competition.

A family ticket costs just £8, for more information visit www.churchfarmvillage.org.uk