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Activities during the spring

Our March and April meetings brought the past to life in very practical ways, from showing the type of  meals our ancestors prepared to vividly demonstrating the weight of armour before the days of the long bow. (The previously advertised talk in April had to be postponed.) 


The Society was well-represented at the Scarecrow  Festival with a good number of people giving up their time to staff our stall and sell plenty of our publications - thanks to all involved and a special thanks to Dorothy Bradley for creating the Old Father Time scarecrow. See more photographs of the scarecrows taken by Steve Payne on our website. 

Tickhill Castle opened on the Royal Wedding Day with quite short notice, as happened last year, and is  expected to open again for an afternoon on 12 June.


New publication

Launched at our April meeting, the latest Occasional Paper is 'Tickhill Castle since the Civil War'. The fully illustrated Paper explores aspects of the lives of the ten or so families who have lived in the Castle House between 1647 and the 1960s; it highlights repairs and modifications to the House and the other historic remains in the Castle grounds and shows how, in the 19th and 20th Centuries, people were given access to a wide variety of events in the Castle grounds. Price 2, the paper is on sale at KSM Card Gallery thanks to Linda Mayes and colleagues.


More than 250,000 viewings of images in the Gallery section of the Website is a most impressive statistic recorded in the spring - very rewarding for Steve Payne, the helpers who digitised so many of George Read's photographs, all those who allowed their photographs to be uploaded and HLF who funded the setting up of the website. This statistic includes people who have each looked at several different images and individuals who have looked at the same image. The website of course has made world-wide access to our material a possibility. The second part of Dennis's Walker's childhood memories of life in Wadworth is now in the Living Memories section of the website, this part focusing on the war years. Dennis has also provided a photograph and information about a steam-powered threshing machine at Grange Farm, Wadworth.

Remembering Frank W Newborn and Miss Maud Ashmore

Frank and Maud sadly passed away in April. Frank was a regular attender at our meetings and very supportive of the Society's work. He proved an enormous help in the preparation of the Occasional Paper on Eastfield Farm, his family home when growing up. He subsequently provided access to his late sister, Jessie's, notes on Tickhill's history and willingly looked for photographs to illustrate our publications. Our sincere condolences go to his widow and daughter.

Maud survived her much-missed twin sister Eunice by several years. In these later years Maud was keen to  share her large store of documents and photographs with the Society. Three generations of her family had lived in her house and had chosen to keep many papers some of which have been published since 2007 in the Society's Newsletter and in Occasional Papers. Maud was held in much affection by friends in St Mary's faith community, who were a great support to her latterly, and by former pupils of the dance school she and Eunice used to run.                                                                                                                                                                              


Autumn programme

15 September 2011        AGM followed by Mike McCoy    Medieval tanning in Tickhill

20 October 2011            Jenny Stacey     A sniff of snuff

17 November 2011        Deborah Moretti     Excavations at Rotherham Minster

15 December 2011        Social evening at The Millstone with Frank Morley  Who do you think you are?                                                 Further details including the cost will be given in the autumn.       

Meetings are held in the Methodist Schoolroom, start at 7.30 p.m. and finish (in most cases) by 9 p.m.

Entrance fee including refreshments: members 1, visitors 3


AGM on Thursday 15 September 2011 and Membership Renewal.

The AGM will occupy the first part of our September meeting before Mike McCoy's talk. The Agenda and other details are on a separate sheet.

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 there is no increase in membership fees. 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 3 for visitors.

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