Tickhill and District Local History
Chairman’s Report 2011/12
Society has had another successful year. Membership numbers have
remained constant at about 150 with, as in previous years, some
new members joining to replace a few who let their membership
lapse. We welcome all the members who have joined us for the
first time this year and hope they will enjoy being active
members of the Society.
meetings programme (the Society’s “shop window”) has again been
successful with an average attendance of about 70 people at each
meeting. During the year several of our talks have been about
local archaeological projects which showed the links to the
social history of the area over time. Remembering more modern
times, the Revd. Canon Gordon Taylor’s talk in February was
immensely popular and filled the hall nearly to capacity.
continued our policy of daytime summer outings with a very
successful visit to the Thackray Medical
Museum in Leeds.
This was well supported and we plan a similar outing to a
different venue next summer.
Occasional Papers under the guidance of Hazel Moffat continue to
sell well with two new papers “The Laughton Family of Tickhill”
and “Tickhill in the 1950’s” published during the year. Other
papers are in the pipeline.
continues to be well used and is an ever growing mine of
pictorial and written information about Tickhill. Another source
of information, the Society’s Archives, has now been fully
updated and indexed and we are currently making plans for the
material to be available for research in Tickhill Library.
year the old watermill at Limestone Hill Farm was partially
restored and opened to the public thanks to the efforts of the
owners, Duncan and Imelda Dewar. This was not a Society project
but it represented such an important part of Tickhill’s
industrial heritage that we were pleased to help with a donation
of £259 for some display boards.
Society’s finances are sound with a yearend current account
balance of over £6400. We need this level of cash at present
mainly to pay for publication of the Society’s new history book
of Tickhill which we expect to publish next year. Work on the
book is going well but as it progresses more material has been
uncovered and the book has become rather larger than originally
planned. This, together with other publishing cost increases has
raised our own estimate for this cost to about £5000. Updated
quotes are being sought. Whilst over time some, hopefully all,
of this money will be recouped from book sales we still need the
upfront money to pay for the publication.
like to thank all members of the Society for their support and
particularly the committee who have worked hard and efficiently
as a team throughout the year. I would include with them Carol
Hill, Linda Mayes of KSM, Hazel Moffat and Nell Cookson, who
have all made significant contributions to our work.
I retire after three years in the Chair I would like to wish
Sally Tyas, our Chair Elect every success during her period of
office. I feel that I can retire confident that the Society is
in safe hands.