Thorney photo book snapped up!

John Clarke and Margaret Fletcher selling copies of Thorney in Focus in the Rose & Crown.

Thorney in Focus – a new book of photographs of Thorney and surrounding fens sold out within five-and-a-half days of its launch.

“This was beyond our wildest dreams!” said Margaret Fletcher one of the team who produced the book.

For anyone who missed buying a copy, there’s good news – a reprint has been ordered and there are now more books on sale at £22 each.

Copies are available at Ancarig tea rooms, or ring 01733 270634.

The book was inspired by a photographic book of Peterborough and surrounding villages, produced by the city’s civic society and photographic society. John Clark, who worked on that book, helped with Thorney in Focus and the book was designed and produced by Christopher Lane of Artinfusion, which is based in the village.

Michael Sly, Dorothy Halfhide and Margaret Fletcher of the Thorney Society worked on content and Bert Brookes was final proofreader.

Most of the photographs in the book were taken by John Clark, but others were provided by a number of local people, including Morris Spridgeon, Janet Rook, Michael Sly, Michael Stevenson, Kathie Williams, Darren Grigas, Del Millard, Chris Boucher, Sean Riches, Susan Morris, Mary Herdman, Margaret Dewing, Marion Peacock, Margaret Fletcher and Janice Gordon. A number of images were also supplied by the North Level Drainage Board.

The book has a foreword by His Grace Andrew Russell, the 15th Duke of Bedford, who said: “A most impressive work, quite stunning photography.

“I think it’s a wonderful document which completely captures the essence of the village. It made me homesick for the Fens.”

As well as the book itself, people can also buy mounted prints of any published image. These are available from Christopher Lane at chris@studio123.com in several sizes, mounted. Prices are: 7×5 £4 each or three for £10); A4 £6.50 each (two for £10); A3 £9 each (two for £15).

A spokesman for the Thorney Society said: “An idea, even coupled with enthusiasm, doesn’t guarantee success. This project involved a certain amount of financial commitment and uncertainty, which was taken on board by friends of the Society. It’s lovely to feel that their trust and kindness have been rewarded.

“The generosity of the small team involved were central to the project. Nothing could have been achieved without the huge choice of stunning photographs by John Clarke and the skills of Chris Lane, our graphic designer.

“Nostalgia and curiosity may be encouraging sales, but some of the books have already gone to connections abroad. We hope that people whose family roots are in Thorney will be interested when they make family history enquiries in the future.”

Christopher Lane (of Artinfusion) presents Maurice Spridgeon with a print of Whittlesey Wash, one of Maurice’s photographs for the book.

Christopher Lane (of Artinfusion) presents Morris Spridgeon with a print of Whittlesey Wash, one of Morris’s photographs for the book.

Thorney in Focus is launched at the Christmas Fair at Pigeons Farm. Left to right: Chris Clarke, Michael Sly, John Clarke, Margaret Fletcher, Christopher Lane, Dorothy Halfhide, Susan Morris.

Thorney in Focus is launched at the Christmas Fair at Pigeons Farm. Left to right: Chris Clarke, Michael Sly, John Clarke, Margaret Fletcher, Christopher Lane, Dorothy Halfhide, Susan Morris.

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