Reflections of a traditional boatbuilder

Mike Atfield is a traditional wooden boatbuilder who worked on Island Street in Salcombe in Devon for 55 years.  We filmed him during his retirement year in 2017 as he built his last boat to make a documentary called ‘Up Against It’ about Mike and his wife, Jean, and their life in the local community. The film will be available to stream online in 2020, and it will also be screened at a charity event to raise money for the RNLI.  Mike has so many stories about living and working in Salcombe, and I had the pleasure of spending some more time with him recording these.  We are delighted to be able to start sharing these stories with you.

Photo courtesy of Jean Atfield

Walking into our memories – how a 6,000-mile walk around the coastline of Britain for Alzheimer’s inspired Philip Williams to set up About Me For You.

Philip started About Me For You after he completed his 6,000-mile walk around Britain’s coastline for Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, the inspiration behind our autobiography service.  In his article for Savills (The Waterfront Collection Magazine, Issue 3) he writes about his walk and how it led him to the work he does now.

You can read the article by clicking the link here and you can download the magazine by clicking on the picture below.

Philip is our interviewer and book editor.  He works with a shortlist of lighting camera operators, film editors and book designers to create your life story in a way that will be valued and treasured by your family and future generations forever.

Mind my wings

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In this short extract from her personal documentary, Madeline recounts the time her daughter, Alison, wanted wings with her role in the school play.

Looking after the river

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Our client, Nick, explains how he looks after the river in his garden.  This extract is taken from our film which was commissioned by Nick and his family – a memento of the house they were selling after 67 years of family ownership.

Memories of a World War Two RAF veteran

We talk to Eric Williamson at his home in Suffolk about his childhood memories, his time in the RAF during the war and reflections of running an award-winning wine shop in Aldeburgh with Benjamin Britten amongst its regular visitors. Length – 42:32.

Eric Williamson


World Cup 1966 – The Reunion

Even if you weren’t there, or watching it on television, even if you weren’t born on the 30th July 1966, it’s a date etched on the heart of every England football fan. It’s the day England, at Wembley, after progressing through a tournament full of controversy, excitement and some extraordinary upsets, won the World Cup.

Inside the stadium were almost 94,000 fans. On television, the audience was 400 million. Watching it now, it seems somehow more than four decades away. It’s not just the grainy black and white film – it’s the cropped hair and short shorts of the players, the lack of logos on the England shirts – just three heraldic lions; it’s also the measured, understated commentary of Kenneth Wolstenholme, all on his own throughout the match.

The goals, when they came, produced little jumping about and no hysteria – it was more a case of a rather satisfied jig. When Bobby Moore took the trophy from the Queen and held it up for the crowd to see, he didn’t forget to wipe his hands first. It was, without doubt, England’s greatest sporting victory.

In this episode of The Reunion, originally transmitted in 2006, Sue MacGregor gathers five men – three of them players – who made that day so extraordinary.

Hat-trick goal scorer Sir Geoff Hurst, and his fellow West Ham player Martin Peters; George Cohen, known as Mr. Dependable, who played for Fulham; the man in charge of BBC television’s coverage of the match, Alan Weeks; and one of the all important admin men – the team liaison manager for the London matches throughout the tournament, Alan Leather.

1966 World Cup

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