At first the Group set about collecting information about Spencers Wood from a range of sources – trade directories, deeds, census information, enclosure awards (this covered at least three enclosures, or areas of land) as well as interviews with local families, photographs, maps and news cuttings etc. . Eventually we had gathered so much material that we felt we ought to find a way to share it with local residents and the idea of a book evolved.
Our first book, Our Village of Spencers Wood, was started off by Zoe Nelson, a local artist, and taken over by Barbara Debney. First published in 2000, the book proved to be a huge success and was reprinted in 2001 but is now unfortunately sold out. Since then we have worked on a further four pieces of research which have resulted in further books.
Initially the Group turned to research the history of Lambs Lane School in advance of it’s centenary in 2008, published as The History of Lambs Lane School 1908-2008, and then that of Ryeish Green School before its centenary, and closure, in 2010, Celebrating the Centenary of Ryeish Green School – both still available.
In 2012, in advance of the impending closure of the Methodist Chapel, we were approached by Three Mile Cross Methodist Group to publish the history of the Chapel . The resulting A History of Three Mile Cross Methodist Church was published in 2013 – still available: email us for a copy at a reduced price of £4!
Most recently the Group published its fifth book, More from Our Village of Spencers Wood – now available for only £10! – via email/post/locally at the Post Office in Spencers Wood, or Budgens in Three Mile Cross.
The Group is a non-profit making organisation and the proceeds from the sale of these books (once publication costs were met) not only support the work of the Group and future publications but have allowed us to make donations to local charitable causes such as the refurbishment of the disabled toilets in Spencers Wood Hall, the restoration of the Bell Tower at Lambs Lane School and a local disabled charity.