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February 2011 meeting report

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"February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again"

Well, so the rhyme would have it, but this February evening was still dark and chilly enough to keep quite a few members at home, which was a great shame as our talk on the Restoration of the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London by local expert Scott Engering was a really interesting insight into this specialist work and provided a real treat in the form of close-up photographs of ornate features of this significant London building that are seldom if ever possible for members of the general public.  Scott clearly knew his subject well and his infectious enthusiasm for the work and for the remarkable qualities of the building carried us along with him for a very interesting evening.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:38
 

January 2011 meeting report

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Our January talk followed the unfortunate cancellation of the December Xmas party due to the bad weather, but this month the weather had eased up and a well attended meeting was treated to a fascinating and well-illustrated talk by local historian Pat mcLoughlin of the Heritage Inspired group, who took us on a whistle-stop tour of South Yorkshire churches featuring a remarkable array of Green Men, Gargoyles, and even the lessr-known 'Blemmyes', curious figures with no heads and their facial features on their chests!  It proved a very interesting and popular talk, and just goes to show how many curious and too-often unnoticed features there are in churches all around us. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:56
 

September meeting report

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The Harrying of the North by Lloyd Powell

Lloyd started at the beginning, at 1066 when William of Normandy or William the Conqueror as he is now known invaded England leading an army of Normans and Bretons to victory over the English forces of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

Although the south of England submitted quickly to Norman rule, the North continued to resist. This eventually led to the devastation of Northumbria between the Humber and Tees rivers, with what was described as the Harrying of the North. This devastation, as well as the slaughter of all life that stood in its path, also included setting fire to vegetation, houses and even tools to work the fields. Lloyd read reports from the Domesday Book which showed the rental value of towns and villages before the devastation and after this cruel treatment, some were still only half their pre-conquest value 10 years later, some were still totally devastated, having never recovered, and the region ended up absolutely deprived.

Lloyd tells a story in his own inimitable way, full of energy and enthusiasm, but this time’s subject seemed to be personal to him, we could sense his out rage at the disaster reeked by William’s armies in this area during the Harrying of the North. 

 

October meeting report

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Famous Sheffield Murders with Ron Clayton 

At this months meeting of the Group, Ron Clayton gave a talk in his own inimitable style about famous Sheffield murders and murderers. If this could ever be a humorous subject, Ron is the one who can do it with his witty quips and asides; he made this potentially gruesome theme into an enjoyable evening. 

He talked about Spence Broughton; he was a highwayman who was executed for robbing the Sheffield and Rotherham mail. After his execution he gained notoriety because his body was gibbeted at the scene of the crime on Attercliffe Common where it hung for 36 years.

He also spoke about Charlie Peace and the infamous Mooney gang who ruled Skye Edge in the twenties.

A lot of his information came from ‘The Sheffield Murder’s by David Bentley which he recommended as a good read.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:31
 

August meeting report

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In the Footsteps of My Grandfather, Mons to Ypres 1914-1915

Our August meeting was very well attended for the height of the holiday season, and we were treated to a very enjoyable talk and slide presentation by Eric Chambers, in which he described the experiences of his grandfather as a guardsman in the First World War, as part of the historic British Expeditionary Force, the 'contemptible little army' as the Kaiser  is supposed to have described it, that fought a much larger German force to an eventual standstill and led to the emergence of the kind of trench warfare for which the conflict is now best remembered.  Using his own photographs which he took on as trip to retrace the route of the BEFs initial deployment and enforced retreat, together with original photographs from the time, he vividly recreated the experience of his grandfather in a fascinating presentation.

In the open discussion that followed the presentation Eric showed us some of the memorabilia he possesses of his grandfather's, including his war diary and medals. He was also able to provide a lot of guidance to members of the group seeking to trace the records of their own relatives' wartime experiences, which has already proved invaluable. 

 

 


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