A parish council booklet

At Market Lavington Museum, we have a large number of paper artefacts. These are not as visually interesting as our 3D objects, but they do provide a useful insight into what local life was like in the past. Amongst these, we have a little booklet produced by Market Lavington Parish Council, in the mid 1970s.

Bill Elisha (1902-1984) was the chairman of the parish council. We can see from the four digit phone numbers that Market Lavington still had its own exchange. You needed to dial 9 before a Devizes number. Later, the village added 82 to the start of its local numbers, when it moved to the Devizes exchange.

When the booklet was produced, Dr Ashford Brown was the local doctor, but he retired in 1976 and, aware of the Doctor on the move, the owner of this booklet has noted that the surgery changed location to a caravan in Stobbarts Place for a while.

The village still had a couple of banks, operating part time hours. Indeed, Lloyds Bank didn’t close until 1996. We see that the local lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes was still meeting at the King’s Arms pub (now also gone). Other clubs and groups are also listed, some of which still exist and others are no more.

Local youth clubs are now in short supply and folk no longer go to whist and bingo evenings. The parish room is no longer there. The end of the Parish Room was followed by local clubs becoming available to Community Hall Users.

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