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      Newsletter Summer 2008


Future Programme 

18 September 2008        AGM, followed by David Adgar: Sacred Places –      Special People (Wentworth)                                              

16 October 2008            Ian Morgan: Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen 

20 November 2008        Tony Barber: History of Doncaster Racecourse


26 November 2008       Social event at The Millstone, 7.30pm


15 January 2009            Peter Robinson: Archaeology in and around Tickhill up to 410 A.D.


19 February 2009          Maureen Hambrecht: Up Before the Beak


19 March 2009              Hedley Higgins: A Tickhill Childhood


16 April 2009                The Revd. Richard Plant: Old Coins


21 May 2009                 Howard Smith: The Story of the English Inn


The talks will be held in the Methodist Schoolroom (entrance behind the Methodist Church, Northgate), start at 7.30 pm and finish by 9 pm.  

Entrance fee (including refreshments): £1 members, £2 non-members



 Going global

Our April meeting had one of the largest audiences yet, with several new members joining us. Steve Payne, along with Chris Garritt and David Walters gave a well-presented overview of the progress of the Tickhill, then, now and for the future Project. One of the consequences of having a website has been reaching people from British Columbia to Tasmania, so our news and projects really do have a world-wide audience. The Society’s progress to date features in the BBC’s May issue of the Who do you think you are? magazine.   

 Regular exhibitions in the Library

We thank Carole Hughes and her staff at Tickhill Library for kindly offering the Society the possibility of an area where we can display photographs and materials from our Archive collection. The display will be changed regularly. We hope that people will be encouraged to contribute additional information to increase our understanding of local history. We hope too that this will encourage more people to take an interest in local history and perhaps join the Society.


Mr Ronald Hill 1915-2008

It is with deepest regret that we record the recent death of our only Honorary Member Mr Ronald (Ron) Hill at the age of almost 93. Ron was living in Rugby at the time of his death, but he and his wife Betty lived for most of their lives in Tickhill. Ron was active for many years in Tickhill local history matters. He worked closely with the late Tom Beastall and contributed much of the medieval history

contained in Tom’s book Portrait of an English Country Town. Fortunately, shortly before Ron died, he recorded a ‘Living Memories’ interview for the Society, which, with permission and help from his family, will be published later this summer. We will also use extracts from this interview in an Occasional Paper to be published in Ron’s memory. We feel privileged to have known such an eminent local historian, who in his contacts with the Society was always helpful, charming and enthusiastic: to his widow and family we offer our sincere condolences.

 Mrs Joan Wilcox 1922-2008                

The very sad new has just arrived of the death of Ron’s sister-in-law, Mrs Joan Wilcox. Her great interest in Tickhill’s history is shown, for example, through her research into Tickhill’s field names, her contribution to the Voices book of wartime memories and her ‘Living Memories’ interview for our Society. She was always ready to answer queries about local history, such as about the work of her

Rawson family forebears. She recently loaned copies of the Parish Magazines to enable the Society to produce the new Occasional Paper on Life in Edwardian Tickhill. This is now published in her memory. Our heartfelt condolences go to her daughter, sister and other family members and friends.


AGM on Thursday 18 September 2008 and Membership Renewal


The AGM will occupy the first part of our September meeting, followed by a talk ‘Sacred Places - Special People’ given by David Adgar. The Agenda and other details are on a separate sheet. As last year, Membership Subscriptions are due for renewal at the AGM. Existing members will not need to complete a form. Anyone wishing to renew their membership who is not able to be present at the AGM is asked to send the subscription fee (cheque/PO payable to TDLHS) to the Membership Secretary (leave in a sealed envelope at Tickhill Library with a note of your name, address and membership category). To meet rising costs and to allow adequate provision for future replacement of equipment, the Committee has decided on behalf of the Society that the subscription rate should be increased for 2008/9. This will be the first increase since the Society was formed in 2004. Members will be asked to ratify the increase at the AGM. The new fees will be Full Membership £6, Concessionary Rate £5, Family Rate £9. Full time students will continue to enjoy free membership. There will be no increase in meeting fees.














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