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VE DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY
We are celebrating our 75th year of Long Hazel Park this year in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of VE Day!
Long Hazel Park was established at the end of WW2 on an area of land formerly owned by the Sparkford Vale Co-operative Dairy. In our hunt for historical information, we were very interested to find RAF aerial photographs of the dairy from 1946. These were taken to inform vital planning and reconstruction work in areas that had suffered wartime damage. One such plan was the creation of Long Hazel Park, to provide urgent post-war housing, where families lived on-site for many years. We think it is quite fitting that we are currently providing accommodation for key workers during the COVID-19 crisis, 75 years on.
During our research, we have also found information of excavations which can be seen on the map in green. In these ditches, archaeologists found prehistoric, Romano-British and medieval pottery, along with flint flakes suggesting Iron Age occupation. On the other side of the park, the road follows the Roman Fosse Way, with a toll station to use this road still visible in the village.
As many of you will know, we had planned a 75th anniversary party on site to co-incide with the VE Day Bank Holiday weekend and Somerset Day, celebrated this year on 11 May. Many local businesses, including Haynes Motor Museum and RNAS Yeovilton had planned war-themed celebrations too. At present, we are still waiting for information on when we will re-open, but we are hoping to join in with a party later in the year for our guests. We'll keep you all updated on our social media – we think we all deserve a party when this is over, don't you?
A 1946 RAF aerial photograph of the Sparkford Vale Co-Operative Dairy land
An aerial photograph taken from a drone in 2018