Metfield woman explores village’s past with new book

Christine Brennan and her book, Metfield: Tales From a Suffolk Village 1928-2017. Submitted pictures.
Christine Brennan and her book, Metfield: Tales From a Suffolk Village 1928-2017. Submitted pictures.

A Metfield woman is to turn back the clock with a new book about the village’s past.

After retiring, Christine Brennan, 69, decided to indulge her passion for writing and history.

I starting writing a few stories about the village. A few weeks later, I had so much material I realised I had the makings of a book

Christine Brennan

She said: “I starting writing a few stories about the village. A few weeks later, I had so much material I realised I had the makings of a book.”

When publishing the book, help wasn’t far away. Mrs Brennan said: “Three village ladies, whose careers had been in publishing, offered their services for free.

“I was so lucky and am very thankful I had this professional help to publish my book.”

The Metfield-born author has family ties to the village dating back about 300 years.

Mrs Brennan added: “I grew up with parents whose working life was connected to the land, and I was keen that future generations knew first-hand what life was like in this village.”

The book, Metfield: Tales From a Suffolk Village 1928–2017 reflects on Mrs Brennan’s family history, the changes the village has endured, anecdotes, maps, and more than 250 photographs.

A party on November 11 at Metfield Village Hall, between 6pm and 8pm, will launch the book.

The book sells for £5 on the night only, and £10 after that.