THE Badsey Society is inviting residents to step back in time to an era when market gardening was a way of life in the Vale, with the launch of a DVD.

The film, The Market Gardener, was officially released with a screening for 150 people in the Regal Cinema in Evesham on October 1. It has taken two years to complete and documents the life of market gardening families in the Vale.

With the aid of archive footage, interviews and photographs, the society describes the result as an intriguing look at a way of life fast disappearing.

The film was the idea of Aldington man Will Dallimore, who has been involved with the society’s previous films, and acted as director, editor and narrator for this production.

One of the highlights of the film is said to be the reading of a letter by 88-year-old George Keen who was a schoolboy at Badsey Council School in 1933.

Chairman of the society Maureen Spinks praised the work of the film-makers and said what a pleasure it was to be able to do the film justice by bringing it to the big screen.

A second showing of The Market Gardener will be held at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Badsey, at 7.30pm tomorrow.