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Project News 2005/2006

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  • 22.12.2006 - Alumasc Ltd has given permission for the Society to film inside its premises. The filming will take place in the New Year.
  • 19.12.2006 - Most sequences for the DVD are now nearing completion, and final draft versions will go to the Committee in January for approval. The final rendered animation of the High Street has started at Redhead Designs, and the only remaining sequences to be assembled for the rest of the DVD are the ones dealing with Weetabix & Alumasc and the rise and fall of the shoe and clothing industries in the town.
  • 12.12.2006 - Filming took place today at I.M. Kelly Ltd.
  • 01.12.2006 - I.M. Kelly Ltd has given permission for the Society to film inside its premises
  • 29.11.2006 - Filming took place this morning at Versalift.
  • 25.11.2006 - Carol Langham, of Langham Industrial Controls - which occupies part of the site of the Alexandra Street factory formerly Frank Wright Shoes, prior to that Individual Shoes, and prior to that Thornloe & Clarkson's clothing factory - has loaned the Society items found during conversion work at the former factory, including shoe patterns, lasts and miscellaneous items from shoe-making days. These are being photographed and filmed for the website and the DVD, as they represent what is possibly the last direct evidence of the shoe-making industry in Burton Latimer.
  • 24.11.2006 - Redhead Designs is now beginning the main rendering and animation of the High Street reconstruction. The first section to be done will be from Home Farm on Kettering Road down to the former Meads Dairy opposite the current Barclays Bank.
  • 23.11.2006 - Filming took place this afternoon at Abbeyboard.
  • 14.11.2006 - Abbeyboard Ltd has also offered the Society permission to film inside its factory.
  • 13.11.2006 - Versalift Ltd has kindly agreed to allow the Society to film its processes and products.
  • 13.11.2006 - In order that a the forthcoming DVD can show current manufacturing activities in Burton, the Society has contacted a number of local factories, asking if they would consider letting the Society film inside.
  • 10.11.2006 - Seventh major update to the site, and other host of features, memories, articles and references. To see the list, see the Topics page.
  • 08.11.2006 - Owing to recent serious illness with key personnel at Redhead Designs, the launch date of the DVD has had to be put further back in order to guarantee the availability of the DVD for sale at launch time. As well as their design work, the DVD has to be professionally compiled and mastered, then sent away for commercial burning. The burn process alone will take a fortnight for the 1,000 copies being ordered. With Easter falling on April 8th, plus the school and commercial holidays occurring around that date, the launch has been rescheduled for April 20th. On the plus side, the DVD is expected to be full commercial film length - around 1 hour 45 minutes in length.
  • 19.10.2006 - The date for the launch of the DVD has now been set for Friday March 9th at a public event at Burton Latimer Community Centre. Further details of the arrangements will be posted in due course on this page.
  • 12.09.2006 - Sixth major update to the site, one of the largest yet, with a host of new features and articles. To see the list, see the Topics page.
  • 11.09.2006 - Thanks to the generosity of Mark Hooton, an amateur pilot with a plane at Cranfield airfield, new aerial footage of the town has been taken today. Stills will appear on this site in due course, and aerial sequences will be part of the DVD.
  • 09.08.2006 - Editing of sequences for the DVD is now well under way. Features on the War Memorial, Parades and Fairs, and The Wind Farm are just about complete, and work has started on the Title Sequence and the Shoe Factories.
  • 08.08.2006 - A further update from Redhead Designs, providing an illustrative view of the south end of the High Street to feature in the virtual reality reconstruction.
  • 03.08.2006 - Launch of a Links Page to local firms, businesses and organisations. Click on "Local Links" on the navigation bars at the top and bottom of these main pages. The idea is to capture a picture of current commercial and social life in Burton. The Society would welcome information on links it has missed, and on request will create pop-up links for firms, businesses, groups and organisations which do not currently have a website.
  • 07.07.2006 - Fifth major update of the site, with details of the 1901 Census, the History of the Mission Room, and the Rectors of Burton Latimer. The latest in the series The Changing Face of the High Street is also available, dealing with the area between Duke Street and Pigotts Lane.
  • 30.06.2006 - The schedule to complete the High Street reconstruction (including Wallis' Yard) for the DVD by late October has become too tight to guarantee that the launch can take place on November 10th. As there are no other dates before Christmas when the Community Centre is free, the launch has been put back to a Friday in late January or early February in the new year. The exact date has still to be arranged and will be announced on this page when known. The Society hope that many who have expressed a keen interest in buying the DVD will not be too disappointed at the delay. The quality of what is being done is apparent to people seeing this page, and it was felt that it was better to delay launch and secure the full level of detail and quality, rather than settle for lower quality and no Wallis' Yard - which was a real alternative.
  • 29.06.2006 - By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Harpur, Redhead Designs have photographed the exterior of The Hall, which will enable it to be included in the High Street reconstruction on the DVD. The south-north sequence will now end with a spectacular "fly-by" of the Hall as it was c.1918.
  • 20.06.2006 - Another update from Redhead Designs, showing further detailed work on the buildings featured in the High Street Reconstruction.
  • 12.06.2006 - Chris Page is near to completing the filming of the town, activities, etc, for inclusion on the DVD
  • 11.06.2006 - Redhead Designs have begun final texturing of detail on all the houses in the reconstructed High Street. the Society is checking for accuracy.
  • 25.05.2006 - Angus Westley has provided the Society with details of the history of the Whitney & Westley, and this will form the basis of the feature on the the firm as part of the section of the site detailing the show industry. Mr Westley has also provided a copy of the long-sought-after recording of the 1970s BBC radio programme "Down Your Way" which featured Burton Latimer. Extracts from this will be appearing on the site once the tape had been both digitised and transcribed.
  • 14.05.2006 - Fourth major update of the site including extensive features on the history of Burton Latimer and the history of Education in the town. The first part of the site series: The Changing Face of the High Street is now also on line.
  • 06.05.2006 - A further update of the High Street Reconstruction work being done by Redhead Designs, showing detailed versions of two buildings and a rough-render general view of the Finedon Road/ High Street/ Higham Road junction.
  • 08.04.2006 - Third major update of the site, with 20 new pages and features, including more Census data, audio and video clips
  • 05.04.2006 - A Credits Page, acknowledging the contributions made by so many in research, transcription, production and loan of materials has now been added to the site.
  • 05.04.2006 - Audio interviews with Polly Underwood (nee Evans) and Jack Newman have now been digitised and transcribed, and extracts will accompany several pages on the site. Video clips of cine film lent by Mrs Carol Desborough have also been digitised and will also illustrate various features.
  • 04.04.2006 - The Heritage Lottery Fund has given permission for the unspent money in the budget section on Recruitment/Tendering to be vired into the High Street Reconstruction feature. Redhead Design have agreed to add a whole new section, and will now undertake the reconstruction of Wallis' Yard - which lay behind the High Street on the area covered by the present Library and the former Health Centre - see the Talbutt Family page. It was accessed by two alleyways from the High Street. The Yard was demolished in 1938. This important addition to the DVD will offer a glimpse of a way of life which has now disappeared forever.
  • 03.04.2006 - Redhead Design is now commencing detailed renderings of the High Street houses. Further examples of their work will appear on the site in due course.
  • 31.03.2006 - Research on the 1901 Census is now also complete. The Census years will be launched one per month over the next five months - 1881 will go on line on April 8th.
  • 21.03.2006 - Research on the 1871 Census is complete, and final collation is now taking place. The first pieces of music for inclusion on the DVD have been acquired and production of the sections of the DVD other than the High Street reconstruction will shortly get under way.
  • 16.03.2006 - Research on the 1851 Census for Burton Latimer is now complete and the data is being prepared for final checking. Research on the 1891 Census is mainly done, with some final pieces to be added.
  • 11.03.2006 - Second major update of the site, with 14 new pages and features, including interactive maps.
  • 07.03.2006 - Delivery of the final batch of house images to Redhead Design. They expect to complete the rough renders of all the houses in High Street and Kettering Road within the next three weeks.
  • 27.02.2006 - First project meeting with staff at Weetabix to discuss their support for the DVD and the website by providing information, maps and pictures.
  • 23.02.2006 - Research on the 1881 and 1891 Census figures for Burton Latimer now complete
  • 16.02.2006 - Redhead Designs' main artist Tricia Haynes visits Burton to take pictures of walls and roofs to define the textures and colours to be used in the buildings of the High Street Reconstruction
  • 10.02.2006 - First major update of the site, with over 20 new pages and features
  • 03.02.2006 - Research on the 1861 Census figures for Burton Latimer now complete
  • 18.01.2006 - An update of the High Street Reconstruction work being done by Redhead Designs
  • 18.01.2006 - A second sound recorder has now been acquired,and the first interviews will take place shortly. The number of transcribed articles now numbers 80, and 20 of them are being converted into web pages ready for the update of the site, which is now set for February 10th.
  • 06.01.2006 - The number of transcribed articles now totals 70. The first update of the site is scheduled for February 2006.
  • 17.12.2005 - A new sound recorder and projector screen have now been ordered.
  • 27.11.2005 - Four laptop computers now delivered and configured into a wireless network to enable file sharing. Web page production to begin in earnest in December.
  • 25.11.2005 - Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, over three dozen typed articles have now been transcribed into word processed documents and can be converted into web pages.
  • 22.11.2005 - Specimen rendering of one building at the South End of the High Street submitted by Redhead Designs and approved.
  • 18.11.2005 - Photographic information and details on the south central section of the High Street (The Britannia Club to The Dukes Arms, including the former High Causeway) has been delivered to Redhead Designs.
  • 27.10.2005 - The Society has purchased 7 aerial photos of Burton Latimer from Aerofilms, and 2 from the Francis Frith Collection, along with proper archive portfolios to store them and other valuable photographic and documentary material. The Aerofilm photos date from 1958, 1971 and 1972; the Frith photos are from 1955. They will all play a vital role in reconstructing the history of the town. A licence will be purchased from Aerofilms to allow 4 of the aerial shots to be used on this website.
  • 26.10.2005 - Photographic information and details on the south end of the High Street has been delivered to Redhead Designs
  • 24.10.2005 - Leafleting of the town complete. So far there have been nine new volunteers to help with the project, and several new offers of information.
  • 20.10.2005 - The working version of the High Street map c.1918 to be used for the animation has now been established. Work is now commencing on gathering photographic information and details on the south end of the High Street - i.e. from the end of Finedon Road to the Britannia Club
  • 18.10.2005 - First co-ordination meetings with the volunteers who are helping with the project
  • 17.10.2005 - Visit from Redhead Designs to view the town and discuss the animation in greater detail. Research into the photo archive of the High Street is now underway. Visit from "Evening Telegraph" reporter and photographer.
  • 14.10.2005 - Contact from Kettering "Evening Telegraph" wanting to do a feature on the project, responding to a press release from the Society.
  • 10.10.2005 - A5 fliers now being distributed around town. There have already been three responses offering help with the project.
  • 08.10.2005 - First offer of information from a local resident.
  • 07.10.2005 - The contract for animating the High Street has been awarded to Redhead Designs Ltd of Newport Pagnell
  • 03.10.2005 - End of the tendering process. Responses being considered.
  • 30.09.2005 - A5 flier back from the printers and ready for distribution. First response back from the Invitations to Tender.
  • 22.09.2005 - A5 flier has gone to the printers. Invitations to Tender have gone out to firms bidding to do the animation of the High Street
  • 20.09.2005 - Drafting of the A5 flier leaflet publicising the project. The flier will be delivered to every household.
  • 16.09.2005 - Official Notification by the Heritage Lottery Fund of the award of a "Your Heritage" grant of £49,400 to Burton Latimer Heritage Society for the project "Burton Latimer - A Sense of Place".
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