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Maxton Homecoming Sunday 2009

Maxton Homecoming Sunday

Sunday 23rd August 2009 was Maxton Homecoming Sunday, when 60+ former and current members of the Maxton Parish community got together in Maxton Village Hall.

The day started with the Hall opening at 10am, a Church service at 11.45am in Maxton Kirk, a soup and crusty bread lunch from 1pm till 2pm, with the Hall staying open till 4pm. Tea/Coffee was available all day.

Three former members of the crew of HMS MAXTON had worked together to produce two excellent displays of material.
Dave Wilkinson, with input from Bill Slater had researched the history of the ship, and had put together a superb display of pictures and information about "our ship". Bill had also brought along pictures of the damage done to HMS MAXTON in the infamous collision with the frigate HMS UNDAUNTED and of his own ongoing labour of love in building a 4 foot scale model of HMS MAXTON.
Bill had also commissioned an oil painting of HMS MAXTON which he presented to the Hall.
Jo Eglinton had researched the First World War battlefields with particular reference to those from our parish who gave their lives in that conflict. The results were laid out in a huge map of the trenches and in a folder with details of those individuals involved. The folder will remain in the Parish archive. He also had on display artefacts from the battlefields: spent cartridges, shell nose cones, barbed wire etc plus buttons, badges, bayonets, swords and medals.
Maxton 21 thanks these members of the Ton Class Association for their continued support and interest in keeping links between the Village and her ship alive.

We also thank Billy Butler, metal detectorist, and Geoff Parkhouse, field walker, for staging exhibits of their finds. The enthusiasm of the visitors for their material was only equalled by their own keenness to tell everyone about these finds.

Thanks also to George Riddell who allowed us to show film from the Maxton Farm in the late 1960's, and gave us some newly found photos from years past..

Details of the life and work of the Maxton Poet John Davidson were also on show.

Throughout the day, a continuous Powerpoint presentation showed the Maxton Old pictures from the early 1900's to the 1990's. This was obviously much appreciated by those present, as the older residents and the homecomers remembered many of the people shown, newer residents saw scenes of the village in days gone by which were new to them. Our thanks to Andy Cerasoli who spent so much time and effort preparing the material, and who supervised the show.

The Borders Family History Society had representatives there throughout the day explaining their work and hopefully finding new members to support the excellent work they do.

Finally thanks to the members of Maxton 21 whose work made the day run smoothly in the Hall and in the kitchen.

Entry to the Hall was by donation to the "Maxton 21 Charity for 2009" Borders Additional Needs Group. As a result of the generosity of those who came, 150 will be added to the Charity fund which will be handed over at the end of the year.

The HMS MAXTON display

The new painting of HMS MAXTON

John Davidson Material and new Photographs

WW1 layout and artefacts

Billy Butler - Finds Display

Geoff Parkhouse - Finds Display

Bill Slater presents Maxton 21 with a Painting of HMS MAXTON


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Date: 24/08/2009