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March and April meetings

Our Archive evening went very well, showing how much material has already been donated to the Archive. Thanks to Lesley Nicholson for organising the exhibition, to other exhibitors and to Society members who helped during the evening. The April meeting saw a very local focus with Roy Taylor’s well-received presentation recounting, among other things, key events in the development of the family’s grocery business, illustrated with a fascinating selection of documents including hand written accounts.  

Grant from Doncaster Age Concern

The local branch of Age Concern (now Age UK) has awarded the Society a grant to buy a radio microphone for use at our meetings. This is greatly appreciated. Along with the loop system installed in the Schoolroom, it should ensure that all our speakers are fully audible.  

New Occasional Paper

Following Joe Green’s donation to our Archive of five volumes of newspaper cuttings written and saved by Jack Burchby (1911-1996), a selection of Jack’s articles has been compiled for the latest Occasional Paper: Tickhill in the 1960s. The introduction gives a brief background to Jack’s enormous contribution to life here, hinted at by his name appearing on three plaques in Tickhill. The newspaper articles are grouped in several themes: Local Government, Schools, Places of Worship, Clubs, Societies and Organisations, finishing with a brief Miscellany. Thanks to Linda Mayes at KSM Card Gallery for once again agreeing to sell this publication for us.               

The Laughton Family

For many years, from the 17th Century, the Laughtons of Eastfield were one of Tickhill’s leading families, as reflected in the naming of the Laughton Chapel in St Mary’s Church in the 18th Century. (The Chapel was rededicated to St Helen in 1996.) Their descendants have deposited various papers with Doncaster Archives where they are in the process of being catalogued. This should provide a most interesting basis for one of our publications. Would anyone like to help with researching some of this material?    

Parish Register of Tickhill Vol. 2 1674-1771

Pamela Lindley has recently completed the transcription and editing of more of Tickhill’s Parish Registers; Volume 2 is published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, price £20 + £2.50 p+p.

(Tel: 0113 2457910). Whereas in Volume 1, covering the period 1538-1674, all baptisms, marriages and burials were recorded in one register, the second volume includes later records from that first register and records from a second one containing baptisms (1719-1771), marriages (1678-1754) and burials (1674-1771). However, from 1754 a separate register had to be kept for marriages and this included more information such as the husband’s occupation, when the banns were read and who the witnesses were. (The whole point of all this was to stop clandestine marriages.) As with Vol. 1, this second volume is a most useful aid to research which can be done at home. 

May Day

Local people may well used to have celebrated May Day with maypole dancing. In Tickhill this year we saw what could become a new tradition, the Scarecrow Festival. What a treat it was to see so many variations of scarecrows; they were photographed by Steve Payne to record an aspect of life in Tickhill today. The photographs can be seen in the Gallery section of our website.  

AGM on Thursday 16 September 2010 and Membership Renewal.

The AGM will occupy the first part of our September meeting. The Agenda and other details are on a separate sheet. The AGM will be followed by a talk on the Rockingham Pottery given by The Leader Brothers. 

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 may 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 to increase membership fees by £1 to help meet rising costs. Annual membership fees will therefore be £7 (Full), £6 (Concessions) and £10 (Family). Membership for young people in full time education remains free and meeting fees will be unchanged at £1 per meeting for members and £2 for visitors.  

To see the Programme for the coming year, please click here.


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