The Chale Community project is about energy efficiency and self-sufficiency in Chale but ultimately it is also about Chalers helping themselves and helping their neighbours…something that Chale has a long tradition of…
This section is taken from Men of Chale, written by local historian Derek Sprake:
“People in Chale always helped each other when they were in trouble A time when people did not expect to be paid in money for helping others in need, but who were rewarded by acts of kindness in return”. A comment from a long time Chale resident. This was always the Chale way; indeed the Isle of Wight way.
Whether by forethought, or just an inability to throw anything away, when the late Edward Roberts died in 2004, he left a unique record in letters, documents and pictures of a way of life in a quiet Island village which will never be repeated. They provide us with an insight into life over more than 150 years;
a period which saw the motor car and the tractor replace the horse as the main means of transport; the telephone and the text message replace the letter as a means of communication; radio and television replace the newspaper as the principle sources of news; and two World Wars change life forever.
A period which started with wealthy landowners providing employment, housing and education for the working classes, and supporting the community with philanthropic gestures; and ended with many people owning their own homes and relying on Government to provide for their needs.
A time when people did not expect to be paid in money for helping others in need, but who were rewarded by acts of kindness in return.”
reproduced from Men of Chale with kind permission of Derek Sprake (ISBN 0-9552916-0-7, published by Coco Design Co. Publishing)– this fascinating book looks at how Chale villagers were affected by events of local, national and political consequence. Over which they had no control. How they coped with change forced by coastal landslide and the effects of shipwreck and disaster. And how change in farming methods have decimated the employment of villagers on the land. To order your copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org