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October 2014 meeting report

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On Thursday 30th October David Mercer gave the group a talk on Medieval History, and specifically about cooking in Medieval England. At this time kitchens were mainly for the rich while the poor people would have a take away in the form of a pie, of which they would only eat the filling.

The kitchens of the rich were surprisingly well equipped and staffed. The evidence for this can be found in old buildings such as Gainsborough Old Hall and from the Luttrell Psalter; a fourteenth century book of psalms that was illustrated by fascinating detailed pictures which gave an insight into all aspects of everyday life including cooking.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 18:53

August 2014 Meeting Report

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There was no meeting of the group this month; instead we had a trip to Wentworth Woodhouse and a guided tour around the house. The guide, Robert who had worked at the house for many years gave an interesting and humorous commentary which showed his love for this amazing house. He explained that it was actually three houses in one which explains to some extent its huge size. We only saw a small part of it but found it fascinating. Some of us finished our visit with tea in one of the downstairs room which had a wonderful view over Rotherham.

Wentworth Tour

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 18:16

March 2014 Meeting Report

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A talk by David Skillen about the battle of Towton

Towton, near Tadcaster, was the scene of an extremely bloody Battle of the Roses; this was fought on Sunday 29th March 1461 and it was "probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil" According to chroniclers, more than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours amidst a snowstorm on that day, which was Palm Sunday. Information from letters circulated at the time reported that tens of thousands died on the battlefield. It brought about a change of monarchs in England, with the victor, the Yorkist Edward, 4th Duke of York having displaced the Lancastrian King Henry VI as king. David showed us pictures of the weapons used, enormously powerful long bows and poleaxes that could penetrate a suit of armour. David was passionate about his subject and told us of the re-enactment that takes place at Towton every year, organised by the Towton Battlefield society that he is involved with. It was a very interesting and informative evening.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 13:31

April 2014 Meeting Report

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This month’s meeting was the AGM. The chairman gave a report which included going over the events of the last year and revealing the planned events for the coming year. The secretary presented the accounts and remarked that membership currently stands at 52 members. The officers were elected and these are Chair, Eric Tillery, Vice Chair Gordon Payne, Secretary and Events coordinator Margaret Young, Treasurer Iris Gahegan, Newsletter editor, Jean Demaine and Archivist David Aveling.

The AGM finished at 8pm and the rest of the evening was spent watching a DVD about the few remaining Rotherham men who served in the armed forces in WWII. This included Treeton resident Harry Parker who sadly died recently, he was a navigator on Path finder missions with the RAF. They all told their own very interesting and sometimes amusing stories.


February 2014 Meeting Report

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Mystery Box


Malcolm and Leo Leader

The speakers for February’s meeting of the group were the Leader Brothers, who once again performed their amusing double act whilst enlightening the group with many gems from their bottomless pit of knowledge on antiques. The talk this time was called ‘The Mystery Box’. The box contained several unusual items which the audience were asked to either identify or say what they were used for. These included a bull’s nose ring, a knife for cutting dynamite and a clip to hold a ladies dress up while dancing. No one was able to identify all of them, but everyone certainly enjoyed trying!

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:35

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