In November 2016, a group of long time Cockfield residents published a collection of their memories of life in Cockfield from the end of the First World War until 1960 which attracted much interest.
500 copies were printed and except for a very few have been sold.
Now it has been suggested that a further collection of memories from 1960-2000 could prove equally interesting in describing changes the village experienced during that period.
- The closing of the railway line under Dr Beeching.
- The opening of our own “M2” bypassing Windsor Green.
- The establishment of Cockfield Community Council as a vehicle for fund raising activities in the village. Firstly to raise finance for a new village hall, a village car park and, later, an extension to the hall and for other village facilities such as the cricket pavilion, playground furniture, village minibus etc.
- A flourishing community spirit with the village working together to organise such ambitious fund raising events as ‘Farming through the Ages’, Church Flower Festivals and celebratory events such as ‘Cockfield 900’.
- The building of new housing, in particular at Dukes Meadow and Cross Green, bringing new energy to the village.
- Changes at the Village School as a result of moving from a 2 tier to a 3 tier system.
- The start-up of a pre-school, later Catey.
- Enormous changes in farming practice.
- Cockfield’s success in ‘Best Kept Village’ and later ‘Village of the Year’ competitions.
- The birth and development of the Earls Meadow project.
- ……………..And many others!
If there is enough interest in publishing a follow up edition, there is a ring-fenced sum held by Cockfield Community Council for financing the printing.