June visit it to Whitby & Trip on North Yorkshire Railway - Full with a waiting list

We had an enjoyable day visiting Doddington Hall & International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC). After coffee on arrival we split into three groups and had a private hour and a half’s tour with some of the most knowledgeable volunteer guides we have ever met; they took us through the story of the Doddington’s owners, linking it to the portraits and contents. of the different rooms. After the tour we wandered round the gardens with beds of irises, and wider the estate before having lunch.

After lunch we travelled the short distance to the IBCC for a tour of the memorials for the 55000 aircrew; and the heard the story of some of them, and then wandered round the exhibitions.  Some members placed a poopy by the name of their relative.  We were fortunate that the weather was much sunnier than forecast.  A good day out which we all enjoyed.

April 23

Kathy Powis on the Mary Rose - One moment in time

Kathy Powis gave us the history of the raising of the Mary Rose from the Solent in 1982, its conservation and restoration in the new state-of-the-art museum surrounded by 19,000 artefacts in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Kathy described the story of Henry VIII's flagship from her construction in 1510, active service fighting the French, the sinking in 1545 to the dramatic raising from the Solent in 1982.  

The short AGM highlighted that members were returning after covid, and the need for members to volunteer to join the Committee especially to help the sub-group organise next years visits.

March 23

Dr Ann Featherstone on A Brief History of Pantomime

Ann Featherstone’s introduced us to John Rich, a flamboyant Harlequin, who had crowds flocking to see his performances; he was so successful that he was able to build Covent Garden Theatre.

In order to compete with Rich, Garrick employed the elder Grimaldi and his son. Ann described and illustrated how pantomime developed around celebrities of the day, with pantomime dames including Arthur Askey to Ian McKellen, to today‘s family shows.  

February 23

Andrew Beard on A History of the Derwent Dams

Andrew Beard gave us a wide ranging talk on the development of the Derwent Dams from the original ideas for the reservoirs to provide water for a number of cities, to what was finally built. The work required the building of a village that no longer exists, to house the workforce, a mansion which still exists, for the office for the managers and draughtsmen and a railway from the quarry to the dams.

Clumber Park Tree Planting & Bench

On Thursday 9th February a number of committee members met Matthew Watson, Area Ranger, near Hardwick Village, to  plant two oak trees that the Association had donated to Clumber Park.  The trees were bare rooted and about 10 years old.  The Association have also presented a bench which will be placed nearby on the opposite side of the path.

The trees in a glade north of the war memorial,

January 23

Janice Bradley MBE on the Beavers at Idle Valley

Janice Bradley of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, lead the team that re-introduced Beavers to the Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford. The Beavers came from the Tay and live in a large secure fenced enclosure.  On release they immediately started having an impact on the scrub and trees, creating more open water.  There was a family with two kits and a single male and female.  Surprisingly the beavers have already had kits and the team were in the process of catching them to check health and identify their sex. This was a most interesting talk generated lots for questions.

December 22

Adrian Gray on East Cost Mainline Disasters - last minute Change of Speaker due to illness

Adrian Gray is an expert railway historian and the author of the book 'East Coast Main Line Disasters. Adrian presents illustrated and entertaining talk looks at the history of the railway between King's Cross and Edinburgh with a focus on how safety has been improved following accidents over the years. The talk covers the full geographical range and describes a mix of accidents from the 1850s to the early 2000s.

November 22

We had a very interesting talk ‘Gretna Girls & the Devil's Porridge about the secret Explosives Factory built near Gretna Green at the start of WW1 by David Skillen. The factory had to be built when early in the war, the army were running out of shells.

October 22

The winter talks started on Wednesday 19th October with an enjoyable talk by Maureen Taylor dressed in period costume as Lady Mary, presented the life of an Elizabethan lady, a visitor from the 16th C.  

September 22

We had a most interesting visit to the restored quarter of a mile long Ropewalk situated at the side of the side of Barton Haven at Barton on Humber and we wandered around the house and out buildings Burton Constable learning of its history from the knowledgeable room guides.

Members should have received their 2022-23 Programme and Membership Renewal Forms. The Membership year started 1st October.

August 22

We had an interesting and informative visit to Hull.  Paul Schofield took us on a fascinating guided tour in the coach of the old City Tour which we later explored on foot. After lunch at the old Seaman’s Mission which is now a pub, we had a couple of hours to explore the old city which included the the Minster, the fish trail, blue plaques, old docks, statues and many many pubs (only from the outside).  We were fortunate that it was fine when we were walking round and only drizzled when we were in the coach or in the Mission.

July 22

We had a very interesting visit to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley; the weather was sunny and all enjoyed looking back in time.

June 22

We had and enjoyable visit to Nottingham Castle and a walking tour round the historic centre of Nottingham

May 22

We had and enjoyable visit to Wentworth Woodhouse and Wentworth Castle

April 22

The short AGM highlighted the need for members to volunteer to join the Committee especially to help the sub-group organise next years talks and visits, without more help we may not have a full programme.

Bolsover Castle by Ian Morgan

Ian Morgan gave an entertaining and fascinating talk into the history of the site of Bolsover Castle and the development of the Castle and the fortunes of the many owners over the centuries.  We learnt about the puzzles created by the artwork in the Pleasure Palace and whose portraits appeared in them..

March 22

The Portland-Druce Exhumation Case by The Susan Deal

Susan Deal gave us a fascinating insight into William John Cavendish Scott Bentinck 5th Duke of Portland, eccentric and reclusive bachelor and Thomas Charles Druce, proprietor of the Baker Street Bazaar; were they one and the same man as they looked very similar and  were never seen at the same time.  This lead to a major scandal in the late 19th century when Druce’s descendants claimed that they were related to  Duke of Portland and so should have an inheritance from the Portland. estate.

February 22

Fairtrade Tea by James Pogson of Northern Tea Merchants of Chesterfield

James Pogson of Northern Tea Merchants of Chesterfield gave us an insight into Tea Growing with the many people involved from pickers and gardeners, through processing of rolling, fermenting, to grading and sacking ready for shipping. He brought it right up to date with the current problems with increased costs and delays of shipping containers into Chesterfield. He played a new video on the Tea History Collection including memorabilia and new plaques around London made by the London Tea History Association

January 22

My Life in Music by Dr Martin Ellerby

Dr Martin Ellerby presented his life as a composer from his education in Worksop when he recorded on cassette his composition being played by two of his school music teachers for his application to music college, as composer in residence for military bands, and composing test pieces for Brass Band Competitions. He played a number of recordings of his works.

December 21

Victorian Music Hall Michael Whysall

Michael Whysall gave us fascinating talk and occasionally breaking into song, into the development of the Music Halls in and around Nottingham, from its working class origins of entertainment in the many pubs to retain the drinkers to the more sophisticated acts which then attracted the middle classes

We will be joining Mike on a walking tour in Nottingham on our visit in June.

November 21

Secrets Mysteries and Curiosities of Nottinghamshire

Chris Weir gave an entertaining talk on the many mysteries of Nottinghamshire including the stone statue of a man holding an umbrella above a shop in Nottingham and all the skeletons that started appearing – the archeologists took them away – but where are they now?

October 21

Artistry in Stone, Wood & Bronze by Frank Tory & Sons, of Sheffield (architectural & monumental sculptors in wood, stone & bronze)

Dr. Sylvia Dunkley spoke about work in stone and wood carved by the Frank Tory and his twin sons in Sheffield. Her many illustrations of the beautiful and intricate carvings done by them encouraged us all to always look up at the many old buildings in Sheffield including the Memorial Hall and several churches, and other towns and cities. The modest shop fronts at ground level often have beautifully decorated upper storeys, many of the carvings relating to the various trades and businesses for which that particular town or city is known.

The Association have made donations totalling £2500 to local National Trust Properties
£400 to
The Workhouse for two benches
£600 to
Mr Straw's House towards the Glasshouse restoration
£1000 to
Clumber Park for the Border Hedging Hoops
£500 to
Clumber Park for two oak trees

September 21

On Friday 17th September our members enjoyed a trip to Derby and visited the new Museum of Making situated in the refurbished Silk Mill which was recently funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund and several other charitable trusts and foundations and the industrial history of Derby was well displayed. Major exhibits and information about Rolls Royce and the early Railway were fascinating with many exhibits shown but with work still in progress to catalogue them all.  Some members visited the nearby Cathedral, the home of the tomb of Bess of Hardwick.  

In the afternoon we visited Kedleston Hall where the main state rooms were open and amazing as always along with the beautiful grounds and we were blessed with good weather and were able to have refreshments outside.  We were lucky to see the famous Peacock Dress which had just gone on display.

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