It was lovely to be invited along to the St Thomas Library on Sunday for the 5th Local History Day, introducing people to the ‘What’s on Your Plate’ project. This new National Lottery Heritage Fund project is being led by the West Exe Nursery School and HAP were asking local history day visitors to share their childhood memories of food.

As well as collecting memories of post war meals such as Bubble and Squeak and more modern family favourites such as pizza, we had some recipe input from Khaled, who grew up in Syria and met the former owner of Okehampton Road Fish and Chip shop, whose family ran the shop for over 70 years.

Okehampton Road Fish and Chip Shop Former Owner showing Family Delivery Van

Okehampton Road Fish and Chip Shop Former Owner showing the old Family Delivery Van


Younger visitors enjoyed drawing pictures of what they like to eat.

Children with What's On Your Plate Drawings

What’s On Your Plate Drawings


It was a really enjoyable day and it was great to see the library bustling with people interested in finding out more about their local history.