Philip Humphrey - Odiham Originals
Odiham Originals by Philip Humphrey ISBN 978-0-9547560-9-3 £8.00 pub Nov 2009 PB 128pp 50 b/w illustrations
Odiham Originals tells the story of three men whose lives spanned the twentieth century. From humble beginnings they went on to have full and fascinating lives united by the common bond of working for the emergency services.
Philip Humphreys has created a remarkable record of the men's lives by skilfully bringing these stories together. Odiham Originals contains many previously unpublished photographs that chart the changing face of rural life and the advances in the provision of the emergency services in and around Odiham. More than this, though, it is a unique insight into the lives of three ordinary yet extraordinary men: Bill Bane, Alf Gary and Archie Weaver.
Philip has spent three years compiling a worth sequel to 'A Century of Colt Hill'. His decision to again donate the full cover price of every copy sold to the Odiham Health Centre Trust Fund will not surprise those who know him. We are very grateful for this continuing support. - Dr I J Goold, President of OHCTF
I am sure that 'Odiham Originals' will be a great success because it perfectly reflects how important the biographies of local characters are to local history. - Rt Hon the Viscountess Tenby
I am sure Philip's new book, 'Odiham Originals', will reflect the success of 'A Century of Colt Hill'. - Sir Nicholas Young