April 2021

In a recent Newsletter, members of the Edwinstowe Historical Society were informed that a decision had yet to be made about resumption of the monthly meetings, and were assured that as soon as it was safe to meet again, they would be notified.

This year Easter falls during April, which it did in 1897 when on the 16th of the month, the Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser reported on the effect of the new railway line from Chesterfield to Lincoln which promised to bring about important changes in Edwinstowe.  During the Easter Holidays 4,000 cheap tickets were advertised for use on the systems of the M. S. and L Midland, and the Great Northern Companies.   On Bank Holiday Monday, Mr Bird, a Sheffield caterer, would provide luncheon for 2,000 in marquees adjoining the station. Innkeepers took their wagonettes and four-in-hands to meet the train and take tourists round the forest.

Recent additions to the website include details about the Edwinstowe Male Voice Choir, the Thoresby Colliery Band and the Miners’ Institute.  Enquiries continue to be received and answered. One was for information about a relative connected with the railway at Edwinstowe.  Another asked about soldiers serving with the South Wales Borderers in the Burma campaign (having seen the website), and details were provided to enable a former resident of Edwinstowe to locate her father’s burial place. Following a request from a local Primary School which hoped to have a WW2 day at the end of term, the Society were able to arrange for some suitable artefacts for display.