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March 2013 meeting report

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Our March meeting was a presentation by Thelma Griffiths of the National Trust, on the history of the Trust's Longshaw Estate, on the Eastern edge of the Peak District.   Familiar to walkers and lots of families from the South Yorkshire area for the popular Padley Gorge picnic spot, the Longshaw Estate is part of a larger managed area of woodland and moorland that once formed the Grouse shooting estates of the landed gentry in the early part of the 20th century. It is now home to the Moorlands Discovery Centre, Padley Gorge, and the lesser known tranquility of the Bole Hill Quarry below Surprise View. Thelma gave us a wonderful account of the history of the estate and its development under the ownership of the National Trust since 1931.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:50

February 2013 meeting report

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Echoes of Laughter

On Thursday 28 February 2013 Trevor Page presented "Echoes of Laughter", an account of some of the history and comic goings-on at Sheffield's famous old variety theatres - the Sheffield Empire and the Attercliffe Palace.  Trevor, who had himeslf worked in variety theatres as a young man, illustrated his talk with comical anecdotes, and songs from many of the well-remembered comedians of the time.  Afterwards, members had the extra treat of being able to look at the records and comments in theatrical boarding house  guest-books, which were very kindly brought along by a local resident, which came from his grandmother's lodging-house in Tinsley and which included some of the very stars featured in Trevors' talk.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:50

October 2012 meeting Report

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Our speaker this month was Forensic scientist Gill Donnelly.

For many years Gill worked for the police and was the first person on a crime scene. She explained that she first used her powers of observation to look for things that were there and sometimes, things that were not there. She then introduced her tools of the trade, first her camera which had a very powerful zoom lens which could photograph objects very close up, such as fibres and prints. Then she showed us a torch and explained that sometimes on a job, this would be a Laser Light which, by attaching different filters, could detect and identify fluids such as blood. She also showed us her finger print equipment, brushes and powders.

Gill has helped in an advisory capacity on many crime dramas on the television, she also gives talks to school children and career advice. She was an exceptional speaker who was very knowledgeable on her subject, and her talk was very much enjoyed by the group.


Last Updated on Saturday, 17 August 2013 20:02

January 2013 meeting report

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Despite the challenge of the chilly winter nights, local wildlife enthusiast Bob Croxton gave a very interesting talk about the history of Gibraltar at our January meeting and he also found time to show some of his excellent wild life slides.


July 2012 meeting report

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The First Battle of Bull Run, 1861


David Skillen was our visiting speaker for July, who gave us a fascinating account of the battle of First Bull Run, the first major clash in the American Civil War.

Showing an evident understanding for his subject, David took us through the events that led up to the battle fought on July 21, 1861, before explaining the action and, in the process, introducing some of the characters who would go on to become major players on both sides in this nation-building conflict, including Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, who earned his famous nickname on the day, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Ambrose Burnside, from whom we have today's 'side-burns'!

The talk closed with a snapshot of the outcome of the battle and how the war would develop, with the area being fought over repeatedly as it was so equidistant between the capitals of the North and South.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 August 2013 20:01

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