Thousands attend Double Heritage Open Days weekend in Mole Valley!
Visitors were delighted with over 70 events to choose from and the inspiring themes celebrating 'Extraordinary Women' and the Centenary of World War One.
The ever-popular Heritage Open Days, held this year on the 8th, 9th and 13th-16th of September, offered a fascinating range of events held free of charge across the District. Many venues reported an increase in numbers of visitors since last year.
Heritage Open Days 2018 launched with an entertaining talk to the packed out Leatherhead Theatre by historian and journalist Sian Evans Her talk about the life of Mrs Maggie Greville of Polesden Lacey , was one of a number of events celebrating Mole Valley's extraordinary women. In both Dorking and Leatherhead visitors attended exhibitions and talks that explored stories of how significant Mole Valley's women have been across the fields of engineering, geology, the arts and more with an impact both locally and nationally.
Marking the Centenary of World War One, the Manor Theatre group gave a moving performance of 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' and Churches in Capel, Newdigate and Ockley took part in the national campaign 'Ringing Remembers'.
Other events provided visitors with a rare opportunity to enter buildings not normally open to the public, such as Milton Court and Buckland Windmill, or to learn about the history of places such as Deepdene and Ashtead Rye Meadows that make the district unique and special. In Bookham local traders were out on the street demonstrating their traditional skills and offering tastings, activities and music in celebration of the role local businesses play in the life of the village.
Councillor Vivienne Michael, Leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: "Heritage Open Day events took place across Mole Valley and I want to thank all those organisations and volunteers across the District without whose efforts Heritage Open Days would not have been possible. Thousands of visitors were once again able to explore fascinating examples of Mole Valley's rich heritage and engage with entertaining and educational activities in one of our best years yet.
"The national theme of Extraordinary Women provided a rich source of ideas and stories that appealed to visitors and allowed us to recognise the role that women have played, and continue to play, in the life of our communities. In addition, events highlighting the local theme of Remembrance marking the Centenary of World War One were a moving addition to this year's schedule.
"Mole Valley District Council is committed to continuing to work with our many partners to support Heritage Open Days and make this event a success year on year. I'm sure that I'm not alone in looking forward to next year's events which will run from the 13th to 22nd September."