Highbury­ nostalgia wanted for special church exhibition

MEMORIES Houses in Tudor Crescent, Highbury Estate
MEMORIES Houses in Tudor Crescent, Highbury Estate
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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A church in Cosham is asking past and present residents to contribute old photos of Highbury for a special exhibition and fun day on Sunday, June 12.

The exhibition of Highbury at St Philip’s Church will be the focal point of the church’s fun day, which will take place from 1pm-4pm, in joint celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday and The Big Lunch.

The church is asking for anyone who has them to contribute photographs, video footage, newspaper clippings, maps, memories and other artefacts from the last 90 years that will help the exhibition be a true reflection of Highbury through the years.

The documents will be looked after by the church and returned after the event.

There will be other activities, both inside and outside the church on the day, from a bouncy castle to live music and stalls and also a bring-and-share picnic lunch.

Nicky Pybus, pioneer minister for Cosham and Wymering, said: ‘We hope that the Highbury fun day and exhibition will help to celebrate the local area, bring the Highbury community closer together and develop a real sense of belonging, regardless of whether they’ve lived there for 30 years or 30 days, to know that we are all part of the living history of the Highbury Estate.

‘Our aim is to build on this event by developing more activities in collaboration with the local community.

‘We have also set up a Facebook page called Highbury Hub to give local people a platform to connect.’

The Reverend Juliet Straw said: ‘St Philip’s Church is delighted to be spearheading the community fun day. Many residents on the Highbury Estate have lived here for many years and have seen many changes, since both estate and church were built in the 1930s.

‘We are not quite as old as Her Majesty but are delighted to be celebrating with her to give thanks to God for her years of devoted service to her people.’

To contribute an item email Nicky on thehighburyhub@gmail.com.

To read about the latest news, events and activities in the Highbury area, visit Highbury Hub on Facebook.