WRAYSBURY Village has quite a history - and now some of its veteran residents have got together to produce a book charting its progress from Saxon times to the present day.

The book entitled Wraysbury Then and Now - A Village in Time was launched at Saturday's church fair, held on the grounds of the Grange in Windsor Road, the home of another veteran villager Glyn Larcombe.

It was an appropriate place as the Grange itself dates back to mediaeval times although it was given a major restoration in the 18th century.

The book was put together by Graham Morley and has been timed to coincide with the village's preparation for the centenary commemoration of the end of the First World War.

Mr Morley, 74, of Hill View Road, Wraysbury was well qualified to do it, having worked as a researcher.

He came to Wraysbury 48 years ago with his wife Sally and brought up his two children there. He is grandfather to five.

He worked closely with other veteran villagers including Tony Kimber and parish council chairman Margaret Lenton over two and a half years to get the book ready.

A major contributor was Diana Hughes who lived in the village 60 years with her late husband William - she sponsored the printing of the book.

Wraysbury can trace its history back to Saxon times and beyond.

Cllr Lenton believes it has never been more important than ever to ensure its history is preserved.

She said: "There are not any people who can remember the First World War now and it is getting to be that way with the Second World War. Talking to veterans and getting audio versions of their memories is really important."

Copies of the new book will also be on sale at shops in the village and in the church.