The village of Great Wymondley made no specific contribution to the millennium year 2000 and it seemed a shame that no lasting memory of that year by its residents would pass down to future generations.
Ironically, on a couple of occasions when the annual fete has been held, old photos of the village have been displayed in the hall and created a lot of interest. One summers day in 2000 I decided to photograph the village and then to publish them in book form, with a CD deposited with the Record Office for future generations to be able to see the village as it was at the start of the 21st century.
The project has now been on my “to do” list for nearly 10 years. Earlier this week in October 2009, whilst at Hertfordshire Archives, I was introduced to this web site and it immediately struck me that this was the medium for publishing the photos. It only became evident once I had taken the photos that I had chosen a Monday, dustbin day, with the black wheelie bins prominent in a number of the photos.
It now occurs to me that in 100 years people might view the bins with amusement. By then, with recycling now becoming a major issue and technological advances to dispose of household waste coming to the fore, dustbins might well become a thing of the past. The picture of a dustbin outside a house will look as ancient as we look on horses and carts in the village scene 100 years ago.
John H Laflin – Great Wymondley, October 2009