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      Newsletter Winter 2006-7



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. 

And Finally…

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.












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