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Summer visit

Thanks go to Dorothy Bradley for arranging a successful summer visit for Society members to Gainsborough Old Hall, a fascinating and well preserved mediaeval manor house.

Our guide was Lady Rose (aka Sue Allen) who gave a dramatic interpretation of people who once lived in the Hall, not forgetting its resident ghost. A second summer visit did not go ahead as not enough people were able to take part. 

Tickhill Castle - Open At Last.

In spite of very short notice and a showery forecast, local people, including some Society members, took advantage of the opening of Tickhill Castle grounds on 13th June. A good number waited patiently for one of the wooden gates to open at 2 p.m.; this is the first time in the Society’s existence that there has been a public opening and is greatly appreciated. It is very much hoped that this will now be a regular event. For  photographs taken by Steve Payne see our website and for one of the activities once held in the grounds see one of the snippets on Tickhill castle Archers' Society.


More contact via our website

During the summer Steve Payne received an email from Brian Stables, born in Tickhill in 1929 and now living in Canada, who had recently discovered our website. It prompted childhood memories such as ‘Derek Brookfield and I were ‘ink monitors’ at the ‘big school’, we used to dare each other to drink the foul muck.’ The Living Memories section of our website now has a link to Brian’s family history website. 


The ‘Treasures of Tickhill’ booklet, very-well illustrated with brief descriptions of the main aspects of Tickhill’s past, is now on sale, price £3.99, at our meetings and at KSM Card Gallery - thanks to Linda Mayes. At our May meeting we reached a landmark sales figure for the Occasional Papers. Jan Levick bought the 1000th copy to be sold since the series started in 2007. Thanks Jan and everyone else who has supported this venture. Most of the Papers have been sold by Linda Mayes and colleagues at KSM Card Gallery and we are extremely grateful for their help. Linda was presented with a bouquet the day after our May meeting as a thank you from the Society. Suggestions for topics which could be covered in our publications are always welcome; even better are offers to help research and write them!


Our Committee

The Society depends on all sorts of volunteer help which is always appreciated. This is a call for volunteers to stand for the Committee. Come and take part in all the decision-making which goes on behind the scenes to make sure the Society continues to prosper. The past successful year is outlined in David Walter’s Chairman’s report. ( To read David Walters' report, please click here)


Local History Fair

 This year’s Local History Fair will be held on Saturday, 18 September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Free admission.

These Fairs are always worth visiting to see the many stands showing the great variety of local history societies’ activities and there are two talks, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon.



Book Review 

Paul Senior, for many years a stalwart of Tickhill Cricket Club and its current Chairman, has compiled a thorough account of the Club’s 150 years’ history. For cricket enthusiasts there are playing records from 1871 to the present. These details are set out clearly, showing batting and bowling averages with a good selection of extracts from the Club’s own records, as well as other accounts, accompanied by many photographs. The book includes lists of officials and award winners. Scanning these lists underlines how much time and effort local people put into their love of cricket enabling the Club to function successfully over such a long period. Readers with a more general curiosity about Tickhill’s history will find much of interest from how the Club came to be formed, to its facilities which owed so much to dedicated volunteers and, later, paid staff, the talented White family’s contribution and the encouragement given to youngsters to develop their skills. Tickhill Cricket Club’s history is not simply a men-only story. As early as 1893 there were lady players competing against the men, while more recently there have been exhibition matches here with women’s teams from a Yorkshire XI to Australian and West Indian XIs. Paul Senior also acknowledges the Club’s debt to the behind-the-scenes support of tea ladies, whose refreshments formed an essential component of cricket matches. Women at various times have also acted as scorers and treasurers. TDLHS members will also be intrigued by the roles played by two of the Society’s members. Hedley Higgins’ memories are included in the book. He progressed from a youngster, avidly keen on cricket, to an accomplished player who captained the 1st XI. The second contribution is from Steve Payne, not as a cricketer, but as an expert in bringing old, damaged, photographs back to pristine condition through computer wizardry. Paul Senior pays tribute to all Steve’s help with many of the book’s photographs. The Society’s Archive was also a great help, especially through giving Paul access to Jack Burchby’s articles which included full coverage of local cricket news from 1951-70.

Tickhill Cricket Club: 150 not out is well-researched and well-designed, with many illustrations including some in full colour; it is a welcome addition to publications on the history of Tickhill. The only critical comment relates to the typos, possibly a consequence of the book being produced at some speed. The book costs £12 and is on sale at KSM.   


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