I am pleased to say that the site is evolving well, but it is throwing up one or two little problems that are causing the loss of thread and impact of some of the articles. In an attempt to prevent this but keep the enthusiastic support I am asking you to follow a few rules.
- If you make comments on an article please keep them brief, if the article triggers your memory and you need to write a novel, please submit them as an article and we can provide a link from the comment to your article to show they are linked.
- If when making a comment it sets your memory starts running off at a tangent don’t just add it to the comment start off a new article then subsequent comment on your comment don’t change the thread of the original article. Also your new article could trigger other contributors memories and so on.
- Do not use an article as a chat room. It is great that we are renewing old contacts but please make your comments relevant to the article and do not distract from it. I am happy for the message board to be used as a where are they now and will with the approval of both parties forward e-mail addresses so that old acquaintances can be renewed. This will if you persuade them to contribute their memories enhance the understanding of the social history of our community.
If these few rules are observed it will assist me in speeding up the approval and posting of articles. I might even get time to add my own memories of living in Dunton and Laindon. I will over the next few months be trying to read through all the comments and where appropriate, take your comments and either make a linked or new article.
We have one of our team who has been beavering away unseen in the background working on repairing and enhancing the photographs. I was recently reminded of how much work he was doing when I went to update some information and I give below the photograph that acted as the reminder of his hard work for us.
The photograph submitted
After Keith Jackson worked his magic.
Keith has improved a considerable number of the submitted photographs so if you have submitted a photograph with you article have a look as you may find that the damage has been removed by Keith. If you would like a digital copy of the repaired photograph pleas let us know and we will arrange for you to have one emailed to you.
Keith has just worked his magic on the 1956 Laindon High Road school photograph and is assisting me in trying to make it easier to link the name to faces.
If you have any suggestions as to how the site can be improved or items you would like pursued please let us know. It may not be be possible to take action on them immediately as there are a considerable number of projects already waiting completion, but they will be noted and included as time permits. Remember, the site is your repository for the social history of the community so please let us know if we are providing you with the sort of information you feel helps to tell the story of our community.