We were fortunate at our January meeting that Maureen
Hambrecht was able to stand in for our indisposed advertised
speaker and give a very entertaining account of the activities
of Church Courts held in York. Using records kept at the
Borthwick Institute, Maureen selected examples of cases dealing
with slander, immorality and fraud – none involving people in
the immediate locality!
Garry Swann’s comprehensively illustrated presentation on the
history of Doncaster Royal Infirmary was thoroughly enjoyed as
he described some of the early treatments, leading personalities
in providing health care in Doncaster in the past and all the
varied fund raising projects and gifts which led to the building
of a hospital first in Wood Street then on the present site. The
raffle proceeds at this meeting were donated to help with the
funding of Liz Frankland’s Braille computer.
Open Day at the Parish Room
This was a most successful day with many people coming to see
the refurbished Parish Room with our exhibition about the work
generated by the HLF Project Tickhill Then Now and for the
Future and also bringing material for us to copy. Thanks to
everyone who helped on the day and who spent time planning it.
Congratulations too to those who oversaw the fund raising and
refurbishment process to make the late medieval Parish Room an
accessible and comfortable venue.
Following the interest shown in old copies of Parish
Magazines on display at the Archive stand during the Open Day,
we have published Life in Late Victorian Tickhill, based on
extracts from the Parish Magazines. This is the fourth in
our series of Occasional Papers and is on sale at our meetings
and also at KSM, price £1.50.
Members who attended the January meeting were able to sign up
for one of two visits to Hesley in January and February arranged
thanks to John Cowie.
Keep in touch with the Society by checking our website. You
will find photographs of the Open Day in the Gallery section and
accounts by pupils from the two local primary schools of how
they spent last Christmas. If you missed the talks, check the
website for summaries of the presentations.
18 June 2008 An evening tour of Braithwell Church, 7 p.m.
This visit needs to be pre-booked at our April or May
meeting. There is a charge of £1 per person payable on booking
(non-refundable). Tickets will be issued. This money will be
given as a donation to the Church. Refreshments will be served
for a small additional donation.
10 July 2008 Haxey and Westwoodside Heritage Society has
invited us to their meeting, starting at 7.30 p.m. in
Westwoodside Village Hall, when the presentation by Roy Young is
The Age of Elegance. You will also need to pre-book this
visit at the April or May meeting and obtain a ticket, price £5,
to cover transport costs. A coach will collect people from the
car park on St Mary’s Road at 6.30 p.m. and leave Westwoodside
at 9.15 p.m.