The Diaper Heritage Association
Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - the Diapers of Itchen Ferry

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No 09 November 2006

Family Tree Volume

As the book has grown so much and is more complex to produce, in order to break even we need to achieve 100 orders before sending to print. We have received around 40 to date, so if you would like the volume but thought you had missed the date don’t worry send a cheque for £30 made payable to DHA along with your name and address. For those who have already sent a cheque, we have not banked as yet as we wanted to make sure there was enough interest. We plan to put the money into a holding account until we have achieved the required numbers. It also means we have a little more time to include additional family photos so please forward or email to Julie Barker, contact details below. Currently there are now 6500 entries and still climbing!!

Cemetery Walk

Well for those wanting to visit some ‘deceased diapers’ the walk will take place on 25 March 2007 at 2pm, meeting at the main gates to the Cemetery in Cemetery Rd (adjacent to the common). Please telephone 023 80 715105 to reserve your space. The walk will be a general history of the cemetery but taking in such places as DHA members would like included. If any members have particular family graves of which they know the location or would like the location to be found and the graves included in the walk please email FAO Gillie Blake or write to Gillie at 31 Lilac Rd, Bassett, Southampton S016 3DA at least a month before the walk. The walks normally take one and a half or one and three quarter hours (depending on how many requests for extra locations are received!). Currently we have 3 guides on standby who can each take 25 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Don’t forget the other events coming up early in the new year:


11 Jan ‘Making Sail’ film and readings Tudor Merchants Hall 7pm

28 Feb ‘The Search for John Diaper’ dramatised talk on the Titanic, Tudor Merchants Hall 7pm

3 Mar ‘Finale’ at the Maritime Museum all day

22 April ‘Rev Davies Historical Pageant’ all day event at Pear Tree Church.

Conference 3-4 March 2007

Plans are being hatched for the above which is planned for the last weekend of the exhibition so we want to give enough time for people to have one last visit and also to include walks and talks, an update of the genealogy project and oral history project, networking and show and tell (an opportunity for delegates to bring family items and photos that weren’t discovered in time for the exhibition) and to discuss what happens to the association when the Heritage Lottery funded programme comes to close in April. The outline programme is to have Saturday as the day to visit the museum where there will be entertainment as well as the exhibition and on Saturday evening a social event. Sunday will be for the talks, screenings, networking, sharing and we might have a ‘celebrity’ guest speaker if funds allow. We hope to arrange a special rate at a local hotel for those travelling from afar and you can join in with all or part of the weekend as you prefer (as long as you fill in the booking form and let us know which bits you are attending). We hope most of the conference will be covered by DHA with just a contribution towards refreshments from those attending (and accommodation costs for those staying over night)

Pear Tree Church

In September several successful events were held at the parish church of Itchen Ferry, at Pear Tree including a Civic Service and a performance of ‘The Sad Tale of Richard Parker’ you will be glad to know £400 was raised towards the restoration fund and is being used as partnership funding for a grant application which will hopeful supply enough resources to create a maritime trail around the cemetery and the restoration of the Richard Parker memorial.

Oral History

Our intrepid interviewers are out and about recording the life memories of past inhabitants of Itchen Ferry Village (check out the oral history phone line for some snippets 0800 0789 083). If you would like to share some of your memories contact Anna on 0781 285 1095.

Boat Show

Also in September some association members helped out on the museum stand at the Southampton Boat Show. The stand was extremely popular not least of all because the original Itchen Ferry fishing boat ‘Bream’ was bought out of the museum store and displayed on the stand. It attracted a lot of attention and because of it we managed to find out about the whereabouts of several other surviving fishing boats. Check out the article soon to be posted on our website for further information

Evaluation forms

Thanks to everyone who has filled out evaluation forms on the exhibition and the events programme we have enough to do a really good analysis – so keep them coming its great to get the feedback.

School Visits

School educational visits to the exhibition began in September and several hundred children have already attended from local schools. Our thanks to those Diapers who ‘volunteered’ to be interviewed by the children during their visit’.


We are sorry to inform you of the death of Malcolm Henderson who passed away in October. Malcolm featured in the film made for the exhibition as the skipper of ‘Black Bess’ the original Itchen fishing boat now located at the Classic Boat Museum on the IOW. He had been really pleased to have been involved in the exhibition.

Contact Details

Genealogy, family tree publications – Angie Turtle 023 80 80602195 or & Julie Barker

Oral History – Anna 078 128 51095

Web articles – Cheryl

Event reservations – Gloria028 80 715105