Our 2007 Calendar proved very
popular, with some 600 copies printed. Many thanks to KSM Dry
Cleaners and Taylors for selling the bulk of them, without
taking any commission. Taylors also agreed to mark their 60th
anniversary by donating 60p per Calendar they sold to the Parish
Room Fund. The splendid donation amounts to £235.80p. We are
grateful to everyone who helped with the design, production and
distribution of the Calendars.
Particular thanks go to our
members who contributed to the autumn programme: Tony Sheridan
for his fascinating talk on Tickhill’s hedgerows and lanes, and
all who helped with our December Social: Reg Barradell for the
mystery objects quiz, Mike Thorns, with Liz Frankland and John
Timms for their enjoyable musical entertainment and Committee
Members for behind-the-scenes help. Thanks too to Molly and
Juliet at the Millstone.
TDLHS Website and HLF Project
Our website went ‘live’ shortly
before Christmas thanks to all the work by Steve Payne, Sylvia
Jobar the website designer, and Chris and Anne Garritt who have
already scanned several thousand of George Read’s photographs.
The ‘Gallery’ section on the website has a selection of these
photographs as well as the ‘Interactive map’ section. Further
photographs, our news and other writing will be added to the
website so it is worth revisiting the website regularly at:
The first public meetings on 7
October to introduce the Project were successful in making
people aware of our desire to collect more photographs and find
out all we could about the existing collection. Thanks to David
Walters, Peter Welch, Steve Payne and Chris Garritt for
organising the presentations as well as to Committee Members for
their help. Proceeds from the event totalling £125 went to the
Parish Room Fund.
Our first Occasional Paper has
now been produced and features ‘Some highlights of Tickhill’s
musical past’ by Philip Scowcroft, its January launch coinciding
with John Marsden’s talk on 150 years of the Organ at St Mary’s
Church. We hope this is the first of a whole series of
publications. The next paper will feature the Maison Dieu.
Copies will be on sale at our meetings, and at KSM Dry Cleaners.
The Officers and Committee
Members nominated were duly elected at the AGM. In addition, Dorothy Bradley was elected to fill the one vacancy on
the Committee and she is warmly welcomed.
The British Association of Local History
TDLHS has been a member of this
Society from the outset. We receive its quarterly journals which
are placed in our Archive. The Autumn 2006 issue of Local
History News has details of our HLF award on page 17, while
our Newsletter gets a mention in the Autumn 2006 issue of The
Local Historian, page 288. The Local Historian has a
most interesting article on ‘Technologies of identification
under the Old Poor Law’, pages 220-236. In particular it
mentions the parish badge. From 1697 the ‘deserving poor’ had to
wear a badge of red cloth with the initial letters of their
parish of settlement on their left shoulder. It showed they had
passed the test to be eligible for parish alms.
Among the most useful material
kindly donated to the Society by Miss M Lindsay was a booklet by
Tom Beastall, Tickhill Church and People. It contains extracts
from the Church Service Books. Here are some wintry entries. 26
Feb 1933: Bad snow blizzard from Friday to Sunday – traffic
blocked. Telephone and telegraphs cut off. 28 Feb 1937: Severe
snow storm. Electric light cut off by storm. 28 Jan 1940: Snow
12 – 14 inches deep. Still falling.