Meeting the Ancestors

Meeting the Ancestors

Members of The Braund Society are celebrating today, having received a grant of £770 from the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ programme. To mark their 21st anniversary, the Braund Society is planning to repopulate the village of Bucks Mills, North Devon, with some of its nineteenth century inhabitants.

In 1970 The Times described Bucks Mills as ‘the village of a single surname’ but it will not only be Braunds who will be found in Bucks Mills next May. Visitors to the village will be able to meet Simon Crews the miller, Judith Acland the artist, Samuel Harris the lime burner and the Revd. Wickett, as well as numerous Braunds. In addition to the living history event, there will be displays, a village trail, competitions and children’s activities.

The re-enactment is to be staged between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Monday 26th May 2003 and all events are free of charge. It is a chance to discover the history of Bucks Mills and the people who lived there and to experience life in a Victorian fishing village.

It is hoped that many locals and visitors will join The Braund Society for this event. Fourteen overseas members have already booked their tickets to come and meet their ancestors. Society chairman, Chris Braund, who will be playing his great great great grandfather Captain James Braund, said, ‘we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge of Bucks Mills and the families who lived there and are looking forward to bringing the community back to life’.

Further details can be obtained from [email protected]

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