The focus of the project is a collection of recorded interviews with people from the village; some still living here but others who moved away in adulthood, many who worked at the factory or other locations, such as the department store or on local farms.
Their stories cover a wide range of events from the building of the first houses, shopping at the store, cooking without mains electricity, washing with a copper, visiting the airfield during the war, meeting evacuees from Edmonton, Polish refugees, going to the village school, playing in the fields, skipping, marbles, village dances, getting married, the Department Store fire, the ending of the sweet ration and sports such as football, cricket, tennis and badminton are just a few of the items covered.
The recordings have been transcribed and are available for research purposes by appointment. There is also a copy of them at Essex Record Office in Chelmsford.
Sadly, some of the interviewees are no longer with us but their memories live on.