Tonbridge group creates ‘living memory’ of town on Facebook
by Andy Tong | 11th April 2019
A GROUP has been set up on Facebook to create a ‘living memory’ of Tonbridge.
A Narrative of Tonbridge is looking for local residents to share their stories and ideas, to produce an archive in a variety of formats.
These can include the written word – prose and poetry – video, photography and painting.
Organiser Mary Blossom said: “We would love to hear your individual memories, plus those from your street, family and groups – schools, clubs, churches etc. We hope to include all ages and to bring our community closer.”
Suggested topics are places, characters and shops. There will be a special section about River Lawn, which is the subject of a popular campaign to save the public green space from development.
“We could have a memory day every year where we get together to share,” she added. “I tried to do this before and people fought it was hilarious.”
“Everyone is important and no one should be excluded – everyone must have a voice and we must respect each other’s ideas.”
Mrs Blossom suggests that group members should go out and interview residents who are housebound so they are included.
She is also keen to involve young people of all ages in the project, and is trying to obtain funding for work experience.
“I am sure some people could get work or life experiences from this project. If you can’t do much but want to be included, don’t be put off – your story is important too.”
For more information, search for A Narrative of Tonbridge on Facebook.