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      Newsletter Summer 2009


The Society is fortunate in being able to call on its own members from time to time to give one of the talks. A packed room heard member Hedley Higgins at the March meeting recall a rich variety of childhood memories of Tickhill, greatly appreciated by those present. During the Revd Richard Plant’s talk at the April meeting we learned about not only the origins of our own coinage but also the meanings behind the designs on coins from several civilizations. It certainly made one wonder if the designs on our present day coinage are an improvement on what has gone before. Thanks to John Cowie and the Committee for planning another season’s programme of talks to look forward to from September. 

HLF Project Update from Steve Payne

Using the grant from HLF the Society has bought a camcorder which we hope will enable us to add to our project in two main ways. First, we can convert old cine films to digital copies, so if anyone has old cine films we would love to see them, and to say thank you we’ll produce a DVD copy for you at the same time! Second, we want to create a record of the day-to-day happenings in Tickhill which we hope will be of interest to future generations decades from now. We welcome any suggestions of things we really must capture on video.  

We have two new volunteers to help with uploading pictures to the website and we are in the process of running training sessions to cover the necessary skills. We are very glad of their help with this very successful part of the project. The pictures in the Gallery have had 109,991 viewings by 1 May.  

Local History Research Workshop

On 30 April a group of members met in the Parish Room for a workshop on learning how to undertake research into local history. As a follow-up there is the possibility of helping with research for an Occasional Paper about stories behind some of the gravestones in St Mary’s churchyard. See the Snippets section for one of these stories. Thanks to Nell Cookson, who attended the workshop, for already completing research into the story behind another gravestone.  

Regular exhibitions in the Library

This year’s exhibitions, attracting plenty of interested onlookers, have featured winter scenes, wedding photographs and local businesses from the not too distant past. Future themes will cover Tickhill Galas and day trips, so if you have any photographs of these topics which the Society could copy, please contact Lesley Nicholson, who is thanked for installing the displays. 

AGM on Thursday 17 September 2009 and Membership Renewal.

The AGM will occupy the first part of our September meeting. The AGM will be followed by a talk by the Vicar, The Revd Canon Gordon Taylor on “900 Years of St Mary’s Church”. Over the centuries St Mary’s has played a central role in the religious and cultural life of Tickhill and since arriving in Tickhill Gordon Taylor has spent much time digging into the history of the Church and the community it has served. We look forward to what will certainly be an interesting – and very local talk.  

Membership subscriptions are due for renewal at the AGM. As last year, 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 their subscription fee (cheque/PO payable to T&DLHS) to the Membership Secretary (leave in a sealed envelope at Tickhill Library with a note of your name, address and membership category). This year your Committee has decided that it would be inappropriate to increase either membership or meeting fees. Annual membership fees therefore remain £6 (Full), £5 (Concessions) and £9 (Family). Membership for young people in full time education is free. Meeting fees remain £1 per meeting for members and £2 for visitors.  


Future Programme 2009 - 2010

17 September 2009     AGM, followed by The Revd Canon Gordon Taylor: 900 Years of St Mary’s Church


22 October 2009           Maureen Taylor: Elizabethan Costume


19 November 2009       Carolyn Dalton: Origins and Meanings of South Yorkshire Place Names


T.B.A.                                     Christmas Social 


21 January 2010          Frank Morley: Interesting Burials in South Yorkshire


18 February 2010        Patrick Mclaughlin: South Yorkshire Churches


18 March 2010             TDLHS Members: An Evening in the Society Archives


15 April 2010               Roy Taylor: Taylors Tales: A History of Taylors of Tickhill


20 May 2010                Rosemary Preece: A Woman’s Role in the Mining Industry



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