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Illustrated Local History Talk Raises £600 for British Heart Foundation

Published on: 27 Oct, 2013
Updated on: 27 Oct, 2013

A nostalgic look at Guildford’s past, as featured on old picture postcards, has helped raise £600 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).


Seen from left: David Rose, Martin Giles, Deputy Mayor David Elms, and fundraiser Shirley West.

The picture show and talk by David Rose and Martin Giles of The Guildford Dragon NEWS was enjoyed by 100 people on Friday afternoon (October 25).

Held at Guildford’s Holiday Inn, the illustrated talk was organised by the Guildford Branch of the BHF. There was also a raffle with 20 prizes. Fundraiser Shirley West and her team were delighted with the huge turn out that included the Deputy Mayor of Guildford, David Elms and his wife Wendy, and Guildford MP Anne Miton.

David and Martin showed more than 80 images of Guildford and surrounding villages, from the dawn of the humble postcard in 1870, its ‘golden age’ in the decade up to the First World War, and on through the years to the type of postcards you can buy today.

Not only was it a nostalgic look at how the town has changed, but the talk featured some of the messages written on the back of postcards in David’s archive collection. Some were extremely funny, others puzzling or somewhat strange. And one particular series of cards which Martin has had the privilege of seeing and copying were exchanged by a young woman from St Catherine’s Village and her soldier boyfriend (who later became her husband) during the First World War.

David Rose said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and also chatted about aspects of Guildford’s rich past with a number of those who came along. Some brought along old photos which they kindly allowed me to copy. We gave our time freely for the afternoon as we support causes such as the British Heart Foundation.

“We will be pleased to do the same again for the Guildford branch of the BHF. I have already spoken to Shirley and next time we’ll feature lots of images from the 1950s, 60s and so on.”

The Guildford branch of the BHF thanks the Holiday Inn for providing the venue and refreshments free of charge.


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  1. Shirley West Reply

    October 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    A big thank you to David Rose and Martin Giles for giving up their valuable time to help raise £600 for my charity, The British Heart Foundation.

    David’s knowledge on Guildford is outstanding.

    Thank you to you both,

    Shirley West is the chairman of Guildford’s BHF committee.

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