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Medieval times

Our talks this season end with a medieval flavour. Jane McComish's stimulating presentation showed how Doncaster's river frontage altered and how local industry such as tanning became established by the river - all discovered out of the mud at the dig on the site of Lower Fishergate. Linda Brook, complete with replica costume and array of artefacts (see left), enlightened us at our April meeting about the intricacies of 15th Century table manners. Anyone wishing to pursue an interest in the medieval world could join the autumn series of talks organised by the WEA and given by Dr David Mercer, this time on Medieval Knighthood. The talks, held on a Tuesday morning in the Methodist Lounge, are expected to begin the second week in September. Details t.b.a. in August.

New Occasional Paper

With the focus on the Diamond Jubilee this year it is timely that our new Occasional Paper deals with Tickhill in the 1950s showing us what local life was like at the start of the Queen's reign. Thanks to Nell Cookson for compiling this selection of Jack Burchby's newspaper articles which covers topics such as the coronation celebrations, the wide range of local clubs and associations, the many activities arranged for children and much more. Tickhill in the 1950s is on sale for 2 at KSM along with Tickhill in the 1960s and all our other Occasional Papers, for which we are grateful to Linda Mayes and colleagues. The illustration, courtesy of Tricia Hill, shows an example of a souvenir mug given to children in Tickhill to celebrate the Coronation.


Website News

Steve Payne has liaised with the Yorkshire Film Archive which has cine film of past events in Tickhill including maypole dancing, sports day activities and Coronation celebrations. The YFA will send the films copied onto a DVD to show at the Local History Fair. Also Steve will create a link via our website to the YFA website so that a wider audience, including our international following, will be able to see the films which Steve describes as superbly evocative of times past - a treat in store.

Note:- The cine films are now available for viewing on the Yorkshire Film Archive website. To view them, follow this link where you will find a full description of the films and guidance on how to access them. (Click here)

The Fitzwilliam Tomb

This alabaster tomb chest in St Mary's Church has been dismantled and removed for conservation. The human remains, four skeletons, in the plinth of the tomb have been taken to York for examination. The results of this work should provide some exciting insights into this nationally important monument.

Tickhill Local History Fair, Tickhill Library, Saturday 21 July, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come and join us for this one-day special event which includes:                                                                                

         Film of events in Tickhill in the 1950s and 1930s

         Material from our Archive

         Charles Kelham with material from Doncaster Archives

         Helen Wallder with advice on family history research

         Special exhibitions on Henry Shaw and also on the work of the Friends of the Mill Dam


Future programme 2012 - 2013

20 September 2012        AGM followed by          Martyn Johnson    The making of Black Diamonds

18 October 2012            Dave Aspden                Cultural Quarter excavations

15 November 2012        James Lomax                Heiress, Pious widows and a Royal confidante

13 December 2012        Christmas social with Patrick Harding   The history of Christmas

17 January 2013            Sylvia Atkinson             The 2nd Episode

21 February 2013          Joanne Brunt                 Remember when….Can we afford the Doctor?

21 March 2013              Hugh Parkin                  The vanished hamlet of Levitt Hagg

18 April 2013                Jerry Kersey                 40 years of broadcasting

16 May 2013                 Phil Judkins                   Richard of York, Doncaster connection


AGM on Thursday 20th September 2012.

The AGM will occupy the first part of September’s meeting before our Speaker’s talk. The Agenda is on a separate sheet. Membership subscriptions are due for renewal at the AGM except for anybody who joined the Society since March this year and whose subscriptions are not due for renewal until September 2013. Existing members renewing their subscriptions do not need to complete a form.

It would be a great help at the AGM if as many members as possible could renew their subscriptions before the meeting. This can be done by leaving your cheque/PO made out to “T&DLHS” at the Library in a sealed envelope addressed to the Membership Secretary and clearly marked with your name and address. For the coming year, subject to members’ agreement at the AGM, the Committee proposes a fixed membership fee per head of 6 for all paying members (the level of the present concessionary fee). Membership for young people in full time education will continue to be free and no changes are proposed to meeting fees.


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