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  Where you are: The Society - Review 2011 - 20121
  Review of Activities 2011 - 2012 Season
 

 

Tickhill and District Local History Society

Chairman’s Report 2011/12

Your 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.

Our 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.

We 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.

Our 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.

Our website 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.

During the 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.

The 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.

I would 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.

Finally, as 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.

 


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