When the Parish Council purchased Chedham’s Yard from Bill Chedham in February 2002 there was no time to do a feasibility study or consider the long-term challenges and costs of restoring this very special historic building with its architectural treasures hidden in the heart of Wellesbourne. They only knew that if they did not purchase it, a precious and unique window on part of the roots of our village would be lost for ever.
The next four years saw slow but steady progress in consulting various bodies and coming to decisions about the future of the yard. A major step forward was taken when Elaine Hughes was appointed Project Officer by the Parish Council in 2005 and PLB were appointed as consultants shortly after.
But the real excitement started and the pace got quicker when it was decided to enter the BBC Restoration Village competition in 2006. For the full story use the timeline below.
In July 2006 Griff came again. This time he brought with him the BBC “Ruin Detectives” Ptolemy Dean and Marianne Suhr to be filmed looking around Chedham’s Yard. Griff was also filmed at Moreton Morrell Forge again this time making a metal object. The programme was to be shown on prime time BBC2 television on Fridays for 9 weeks throughout August and early September for the new and popular BBC series “Restoration Village.” The competition would be judged by the number of people phoning in; each entry would be given their unique telephone number that people could use when voting for their favourite choice. People phoned from all over the UK and Europe but also further afield from Australia and the States
Then what excitement came over us all when we won the first Midlands heat on Friday 11th August 2006 against the other entries from this big area.