July 2024 Update

At the Annual General Meeting held in May, Shirley Moore, Chairperson for the Edwinstowe Historical Society  was pleased to report that there had been an increase in membership and that visitor numbers had also increased.  She thanked members of the committee, all of whom had made a valuable contribution to the Society.  The current committee members were re-elected and two new members were elected onto the committee.

Enquiries continued to be dealt with, both nationally and internationally, with people anxious for details of relatives and some providing photos for the archive.  As an example, Shirley highlighted the following enquiries:  the National Trust in Surrey were interested in a photo of the 1904 royal visit to Rufford Abbey;  John Hayman in Australia requested permission to use the website information  of his ancestor Henry Telford Hayman, a former Edwinstowe vicar, to add to the Wikitree record;   a writer requested permission to use a photo of the Major Oak to share with a Japanese audience;  following a house clearance, information relating to Diana Curly, née Hume, who lived at Edwinstowe house, is to be forwarded to the Society;  the Hoggard family who sailed as Pilgrims to America are tracing relatives and shared their family tree;  the Ward family in Australia are also tracing family members, graves and relatives;   The Stearn family were pleased with information regarding the coat of arms of their family home (Cockglode House).   During the year photos and information have been supplied to the BBC, ITV and TV France.

There are no meetings during July and August, and the new programme of talks commences on 18th September when the speaker will be Adam Nightingale whose talk is “English Civil War”.