The Chairman, David
Walters, gave the following report at the Society's Annual
General Meeting in September 2010 :-
Another year gone, it seems difficult to believe
that the Society in its present form was founded only 6 years
ago to build on existing work and make our local history
available and interesting to as wide a section of the community
as possible. 2009/10 has been a successful year consolidating
progress made in the two previous years when we had Heritage
Lottery Funding and preparing for future research which we
expect to be able to fund ourselves.
Our membership has remained
at about 150 and our monthly meetings have been well attended,
sometimes with near capacity audiences. Highlights of the winter
season were perhaps the Christmas Social at the Millstone when
Sue Allen, an actress, gave a scintillating (some would say
titillating!) performance as Lady Mary Rose and our Archive
Evening in March which proved so successful that we plan to
repeat it next February with a wider selection of material on
Against this it is
disappointing to record that our Summer Evening Visits were not
well supported with one being cancelled completely. Over the
past few years support for these visits has fluctuated but they
have never been as popular as our winter evening meetings.
Perhaps there is too much competition from other activities,
holidays, gardening, etc or perhaps other factors such as the
visits themselves, their timing or their cost play a part. Your
committee would welcome your views on this.
We have continued to work in
the community giving talks to other organisations and exhibiting
at the Doncaster Local History Fair and at the Tickhill Gala. We
have also completed and distributed to the schools in Tickhill a
booklet entitled "Treasures of Tickhill" which is an abbreviated
pictorial history of some key features of Tickhill. St Mary's
School are using this in a modified form as a learning resource
for their Key Stage 2 pupils. From this month the booklet will
be on sale at Society meetings and at KSM in Castlegate price
Under the guidance of our
Publications editor, Hazel Moffat, we have produced two more
Occasional Papers during the year and earlier this summer we
passed the important milestone of one thousand copies of papers
sold since the first one was published over four years ago. We
are very grateful to Hazel for her hard work and to Linda Mayes
at KSM who so willingly continues to sell the papers for us.
We are now planning an
ambitious project to produce in hardback form a new illustrated
history of Tickhill designed to be of interest to many in the
local population. Carol Hill, the well known local historian,
will be the author but we need help from Society members to
carry out specific pieces of research.
Our website continues to
receive up to one thousand hits per month and has been the means
whereby people living many thousands of miles away but with an
interest in Tickhill have been able to contact us. The website
is regularly updated and fresh material is added. In many ways
this website has become Tickhill's window on the world.
None of these activities
would have been possible without a lot of work by a dedicated
team of people. I would particularly like to thank the Officers
and Committee for all their hard work; hopefully 2010/11 will be
another successful year.
Below is the report for the previous year's
The Chairman, Steve
Payne, gave the following report in the Society's Newsletter for
the year 2008 -2009
I am delighted to record another very successful
year for the Society with strong membership and sound finances.
We had a series of very informative and
entertaining speakers with large and enthusiastic attendances at
meetings. (It is good to know that speakers are delighted to
come to Tickhill because of our very positive reputation.)
We have been very active in the community giving
talks to local groups and organisations and have just started a
regular exhibition of our growing collection of photographs in
Research activities have continued to be very
active with the production of Occasional Papers (762 copies
sold up to the end of August) as well as the snippets in the
Newsletters, and for the first time we have run a workshop to
develop skills in researching local history.
We are delighted that as a result of our high
profile in Tickhill there is a flow of new materials into our
archives as people lend us photos and documents. Our new
scanning sessions in the Library (1st Friday of each
month) are adding to this. We have continued to add to our
collection of Living Memories interviews.
The website grows in popularity with 130,000
viewings of our photo gallery since we launched it and regular
down-loadings of our articles (over 400 per month). We have
added interesting details to complement our photo collection
with the help of Carol Hill and “reminiscence sessions” with
Although the Heritage Lottery Fund support
finishes in September, it has enabled us to buy good kit and do
many things we would not have been able to do without their
financial help – all of which will continue and develop.
On the social side, it is a pleasure to
experience the buzz of our Thursday meetings and we also had a
memorable Christmas get-together plus two very successful summer
In summary, the Society can be proud of its
achievements both the established activities and the way in
which we are moving forward and developing.
I thank all those who have contributed to this
success and wish the Society continued success in 2009/2010
under David’s chairmanship.