Over the years 2000-2001, the village of Orleton ran several events and initiatives to mark the start of the new millennium. These included holding a millennium day and creating a time capsule, as well as creating a commemorative book.
The idea of the commemorative book was to collect information about who lived in the parish, their age range, where they worked, why they had chosen to live in the village and any other interesting information about them. The information was collected by sending a questionnaire to villages, using the name in the electoral roll, and asking them to provide information and photographs. The questionnaire was also sent to local organisations and businesses for their input.
The resulting book is in two parts and contains a section of private individuals and family contributions, those from local organisations, and those from local businesses. Indexes are also given of all these groups. Part One only contains personal and family contributions. Part Two contains a continuation of these along with the organisation and business contributions.
The book was compiled by the Orleton Millennium Committee, which was a sub-committee of the parish council. Individual contributions were however, left unedited. There were several copies of the book made, one of which was put in St George’s Church, Orleton, for safe keeping and one of which was placed in a time capsule in Orleton Village Hall, not to be opened until the year 2050. The book is subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act until the year 2100.
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