During the past year five different groups of Rother residents met to share their memories of the 1930s, 40s and 50s in a series of Creative Reminiscence projects for people over 60 living in Rother. Sessions and performances were hosted in Battle, Peasmarsh, Bexhill, Westfield and Etchingham, with people joining from surrounding villages. Participants’ ages spanned from 61 to 94 generating many fascinating stories rich in both their commonality and diversity: Tales of poaching in Burwash in the 1940s; journeys on the axed Crowhurst line, life in a village laundry during the war; women working in the Battle Jam Factory in the 50s; schooldays in rural Rother and a small boy’s meeting with Gandhi in an Etchingham kitchen in 1932.
Members of Shaping Voices and Glyndebourne Youth Opera Group join people from the five projects to celebrate the completion of this inspiring programme.
The performance will reflect elements of shared memories and stories from each group and will include music, song, poetry and dance. The performance will last two hours including an interval. There will be an exhibition in the lobby which will include details of creative opportunities for the over 50s living within the area.