Peggy's Collection

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

1940s Village At War Event

This bank holiday weekend I was invited to attend the 1940s Village At War event at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum in Norfolk as a retailer.  I had a fabulous time and met so many lovely people who really inspired me even more and made me realise how much I really do love everything vintage.

It really was a chance to experience what life was like on the home front.  We had Prime Minister Winston Churchill make an appearance to make his historical speech, it was quite moving the way the whole of the place went very quiet to listen to this speech each time he made it.

We had fabulous music from the group  Timescape who provided us with 1940s live music throughout both of the days we were there. They made the whole atmosphere seem more nostalgic and really like that era.

Here is a picture of my stall which did very well and I had lots of interest and chatted to lots of people who some of them I even inspired to start knitting again which is so lovely.  I also met the very lovely Retro Chick who looked fabulous check out her blogs on the link and here at vintage norwich

The children that attended had sweet rations and we had to make sure we visited the ice cream parlour because ice cream was soon to be banned.  We mingled with civilians, members of the Women's Land Army, the Home Guard and troops.  There were a number of vintage wartime vehicles and a red cross display where you could speak to nurse Gwyn about her work in the wartime.  On the farm there was farming techniques by the Women's Land Army with ration cooking in the farmhouse kitchen.

Other stalls in the marqee ranged from people selling antique original items from that era

There was a fabulous 1940s room set up as wartime living as courtesy of the Vintage TV and Wireless Co.

There was a fantastic display of millinery run by Martin Faulkner Painting The Clouds With Sunshine the craftmanship that went into these hats were truely amazing.

Dad's Army Museum Museum stall was there too and even had characters dressed up too.  Here is a picture of them with some of the Women's Land Army members.

On the Monday we even experienced a fly past by the Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire flying over the site to commemorate the bravery of those young servicement who fought in the Battle of Britain some 70 years ago.

At the end of the days we had a great time all joining in with the memorable song 'we'll meet again' and all joining hands which was a lovely way to bring everyone together and quite a moving moment. 

I will finish off with a fabulous video of some 1940s dancing that really got us all in the mood for the village at war era.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

1940's Village at War Life on the Home Front

I am pleased to announce Peggy's Collection has been invited to be one of the first retail stall holders for The Rural Life Museum at Gressenhall, Norfolk for their 1940's village at war event on 28th and 29th August 2011.  It is going to be a great day with costumed characters from the 1940's era there too.  There will be toe tapping 1940's music from Timescape and lots more activities to take part in. Peggy's Collection will be selling a range of items from knitwear, headscarves, pincushions, clothing and more.
 Rural Life Museum

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Giving The Gift

Giving the Gift is a great non profit organisation I came across on twitter @givingthegift
They need as much support as possible to try and get some celebrities involved in this venture.  They are compiling a book ‘The Gift’ which will be a collection of quotes and reflections from the world’s most influential, successful and inspirational people.  The one question they will be asking them is

‘what advice would you give the 15 year old you?’

The project is completely not for profit and all money made will be going to children’s charity.  They already have some great celebrities helping them so this shows what a worth while cause this is.

This will be one fabulous inspirational teenage book ever! Hope you can all help in some way.  Please follow Giving the Gift on twitter too  @givingthegift as I know they would love to hear from you all.  Their website can also be found here