Our books are written by residents, for the community and for posterity. We invite
members of the community to submit a photograph that they want to put in the book.
This may be a picture of a their favourite village scene, it may be a picture of
their family outside their house, it may be a picture of the local shop, office or
place of work. Along with the photograph we invite residents to submit a passage
of text up to 75 words long that summarises their thoughts and opinions of community
life or that provides an explanation of their photograph. We then take the comments
and photographs and combine them with scenic photographs of the village taken by
our commissioned photographer and with a brief history of the village, written by
a local historian. Each submission (photograph and article) is allocated half a page
in the finished book. The comments, the photographs and the history are then brought
together in a beautifully crafted book. The book is published locally, archived at
the British Library and copies are donated to the local museum or library, the Parish
Council and the District Council.
Here are some examples of comments that we envisage being included in a village book:
“We moved to the Village in 1966 and have never looked back. I love it here, its
so peaceful, I regularly go on long walks over the hills with my neighbours, beautiful
seems an inadequate description of the area. There’s also loads going on in the Village.
I play tennis at the local tennis club and last year we won the County League, I
hope we manage to keep up the good results in 2005"
“The Village used to be so peaceful and lovely, now its completely different. The
High Street is full of litter, the tourists block up the streets with their motor
cars, and the price of a meal in the pub has shot through the roof, not to mention
the price of a house. My children will never be able to afford to buy a house here.”
These examples are fictitious, but are typical of the comments that people might
submit. All the statements benchmark community feeling at the current time and may
be of interest to someone researching the history of the village in years or generations
to come. A passage can express different thoughts about a single topic when viewed
through the eyes of different generations of a family unit. Note: There are some
types of comment that we cannot publish, and Timebox Press retain full editorial
control to prevent offensive material being included in the book.
How does a book get started?
The Local Council or another body commission TimeBox Press to produce a village book,
the Council promote the book to local residents, businesses, clubs and societies.
Timebox Press approach members of the community and invite them to submit a photograph
and accompanying text. We find a door to door approach yields the best results supplemented
by local press coverage and leafleting where required. Residents are invited to:
Take the photograph they want to include in the book and write a passage up to 75
words long, to support the photograph.
Organisations such as the local tennis club or the local youth club are approached
simultaneously and invited to submit a photograph and passage.
Two weeks later, a representative from Timebox Press calls to collect the photograph
and passage along with a cheque or postal order for £25.00 for residential submissions
or £50.00 for organisation submissions.
Within eight weeks copies of the book will have been printed and be available for
purchase at a cost of £15.00 per copy. Copies can be pre- ordered at the time articles
are submitted at a reduced price.
Timebox Press require at least 100 contributions per book for the project to be viable.
In the unlikely event that enough interest cannot be established then either the
book is subsidised by the commissioning body or no collections of money or contributions
are made. Those who have expressed interest at the initial door knocking, are informed
that the project has been cancelled.