Orwell Past & Present Website Launch

Photo:This advert was placed on the village Noticeboards, and , when laminated, at many points in the village streets

This advert was placed on the village Noticeboards, and , when laminated, at many points in the village streets

Saturday 19th January 2013, at Lordship Community Centre, Orwell

After many weeks of concentrated effort, the committee were confident that they had enough knowledge and skills to launch the Orwell Past & Present website to the waiting world.

The date chosen for the launch was 19th January 2013, and Lordship was kitted out for the big day. Free coffee, tea and cakes were on offer to attract in the wary locals.

A several pronged publicity campaign (two waves of village emails, noticeboards, Derek's mobile sandwich boards, announcements in the Orwell Bulletin, word of mouth etc) had been planned and executed, building the excitement to the big day.

The day itself (or the element from 10.00am to 16.00pm) was designed to inform the casual visitor broadly as follows:

  • that the website existed and that anyone could now view the site (previously it had been password protected).
  • that it was easy to register as a user, and thus that
  • comments or contributions could easily and quickly be made and then potentially be added to the website,
  • that contributions could be in the form of words or photographs
  • and that editors existed to facilitate the publication of members' contributions, whether as brief comments or full articles and/or galleries of photographs.

After the close of the launch, it was planned to hold a brief formal AGM of Orwell Past & Present, but pressure of time resulted in the AGM being delayed.

Copies of some of the other publicity (see main advert above) are included below. Additionally, several of the visitors consented to having photographs taken during the launch day and a range of such photographs can be seen on this link.

The day was a tremendous success, notwithstanding the overnight snowy weather. Once a path was swept (thanks Derek) and grit put down (thanks Sue), visitors arrived in good numbers. With both a morning and an afternoor "rush", visitor numbers were estimated to have approached two hundred - a very successful day! Well done to all the helpers, and thanks again to the visitors! 

Photo:Publicity in the Bulletin

Publicity in the Bulletin

Photo:Derek's mobile sandwich board

Derek's mobile sandwich board

Photo:At the event, as published in the Cambridge News on 21/01/13

At the event, as published in the Cambridge News on 21/01/13

This page was added by Martin Grigor on 16/01/2013.

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