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July 2011 meeting report

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Instead of the usual group meeting, this month the members met at ‘The Mill’ public house at Brimington and went for a trip on the narrowboat ‘John Varley’ on a beautifully restored section of the Chesterfield canal. This was requested by members after a visit in March 2009 by Peter Wild who gave an interesting talk about the canal and its restoration. The Chesterfield Canal Trust volunteers worked very hard to make this an interesting and enjoyable evening even to the point of getting out and manually towing the boat with a large rope when it was stuck in weeds. All the members agreed that it was a very enjoyable evening out.


June 2011 meeting report

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Treeton Local History group Meeting Thursday 30th June 2011

Cllr John Swift, a talk with slides on the castles and Roman sites of Wales


John showed many beautiful slides he had taken of the castles of Wales. These included the mighty castles such as Raglan, Chepstow, Conway, Caldicot, and Caerphilly that were founded by the Normans shortly after the Conquest to stamp their control on their new kingdom and also smaller ones where today just a tower remains.


Typical of these smaller castles were Skenfrith, Grosmont and the White Castle in Monmouthshire where, we were told, Rudolf Hess was imprisoned nearby for a time and was allowed to go down to the castle to feed the swans. The most unusual was Castle Coch, a small ‘Fairy’ Castle built in a romantic European style by the Marquess of Bute in 1870, then the incumbent of Cardiff Castle which he found too cold to use as a family home.


John also gave us a photographic tour of the remarkable Roman remains at Caerwent, where substantial walls and interior plans still exist in a site covering a square mile.  He showed us pictures of other Roman remains including a recently excavated Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon and the Roman Baths at Bath. He also showed us pictures of Cardigan House, the home of the Earls of Cardigan and a fleeting glimpse of Tintern Abbey.


Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2011 20:14

April AGM report

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Treeton Local History Group


Thursday 28th April 2011


The chairman gave his report, going over the varied and interesting events of the past year. The accounts were presented by the treasurer, they showed an excess of expenditure over income for the year of £535.50 this is mainly due to a one off payment of £521.26 regarding the Sealed Knot event of 2009. There is a balance cfwd of £921.97. The public relations officer reported that he had several plans for the coming year, but none were formalised as yet. He commented that speakers were charging more every year some as much as £55. In view of this, he is hoping for contributions from the group members. John Swift and Hedley Frost have agreed to give slide shows again and David Aveling is sorting out the slides of Treeton that have been passed on to us from Eddie Hinchcliffe. Also several visits were suggested. The committee was voted in for another year and this remains unchanged at. Eric Tillery Chair, Margaret Young Secretary, Iris Gahegan Treasurer, Kevin Atkins Public Relations and Events Officer, Carole Robinson Newsletter Editor, David Aveling Archivist and Gordon Payne Vice Chair. Other committee members are Pat Payne, Ro carter, Jean Noble, and Derek and Monica Walker. It was proposed that the membership fee should be increased in view of increased costs in general. This will increase from £5 to £6 for a single person and from £8 to £10 for a family and the non-member charge will increase to £1 per visit. These changes were agreed and will come into effect next year. The committee were all thanked for the work they had done in the past year. The AGM finished at 8.10pm and was followed by a social evening with quizzes, old photographs and refreshments.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:57

May meeting report

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Can we afford the doctor?

Sadly the turnout for this meeting was lower than we would normally expect, but those who weren't able to attend missed a treat courtesy of Joanne Brunt, whose talk about the days before the NHS was really captivating.  Joanne illustrated her talk with a fascinating collection of original examples of medicines and devices collected over many years.  She took us gradually through the stages of our lives from birth through to infancy, adulthood, parenthood, old age and death, illustrating each with the treatments that would have been available and prompting a lot of lively recollections from members of their own experiences in growing up. Joanne gave a polished performance that kept the group entertained for a very enjoyable evening. 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:32

March 2011 meeting report

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Stone Age Treeton, an illustrated talk by David Aveling,

with artefacts supplied by Hedley Frost


David talked about the early history of Treeton. We know that a Roman Road passed through Treeton, but David took us further back to the Stone Age, his talk spanned the three stone ages, Palaeolithic, (Early Stone Age) Mesolithic, (Middle Stone Age) and Neolithic (New Stone Age). He showed us several place from Treeton across towards Whiston where remains of prehistoric settlements have been found. David has himself found many knapped flints including arrow heads and a stone axe. He showed us pictures reconstructing the kind of settlements that our early ancestors would have lived in and the items that they would have made just using flint tools. Hedley showed us some of his finds including small flints that were stuck onto sticks of wood to use as fishing hooks. Evidence of Stone Age man’s diet has been found though identifying bones. As well as fish, this consisted of deer, elk, beaver and brown bear and a large ferocious looking bull. Not what you expect to find around Treeton today. David and Hedley encouraged us to be aware when we are out walking as artefacts which have been hidden by the earth for thousands of years, can sometimes be found just by the path dug up by animals or disturbed by a farmer.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:39

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