Christmas Window Display 2019

Christmas Window 2019As always, we were very happy to be invited to contribute to the Christmas Window Display at St. Michael’s Church. We were one of ten local groups taking part – the others being: Creative Minds, 1st and 2nd Spencers Wood Brownies, 1st Swallowfield Rainbows, Shinfield Voluntary Car Service, Oakbank School, Chapel Lane Pre-School, Pound Lane WI and 1st Spencers Wood Rainbows.

The theme for Christmas 2019 was “Light of the World”. As a local history group we always like to link our display into village history and so we chose to interpret the word “light” in the sense of a domestic light source. The church has large windowsills so in our display we wanted to highlight the different types of light source people would have used (and often still use in their homes today), for example, open fires, candles, oil and gas lights, battery powered lights and torches. During our research we found it interesting to discover that electricity didn’t arrive in Spencers Wood until after World War Two. We hope you enjoyed looking at our interpretation (and of course, all the other colourful displays).

If you have any memories/details you would like to share with us about living in Spencers Wood, we would be very happy to hear from you via email: spwood.localhistory@googlemail.com. Lesley Rolph