Forest of Galtres Society


February 18, 2022

It is with great pleasure that I can tell you that we arranged five winter Lecture meetings, 2021 – 2022, for the Society. It was hoped they could all be held in person, though in January 2022, for the AGM, we had to resort to online only.

The fifth lecture will be given in person, on Thursday 10th March. Our speaker is Dr Pete Wilson.

Dr Wilson’s presentation is entitled ‘An unusual Roman building complex at Eastfield Scarborough: Excavations by MAP Archaeological Practice’ .

Please be seated for 7.15pm, and the lecture will commence at 7.30pm. We will hold a raffle. Gifts of prizes for that are always welcome.

The venue for meetings held in person, which we do hope you will enjoy, is the Methodist Chapel, Chapel Street, Easingwold. The postcode, should you need it, is YO61 3AE.

Dr Pete Wilson, who lectured to us some years ago, will be telling us about the wholly unexpected finds at Eastfield near Scarborough. Professional surveys in advance of a large housing development indicated archaeology, and the subsequent works have produced amazing Roman remains. Pete participated as Project Manager for Rarey Archaeology, in the excavations at Eastfield.

Your Chairman and Secretary attended one of the only visits (fewer than a dozen people attended) which were allowed onto the site, in pouring rain, with very slippery mud underfoot, in the early summer of 2021. Never has it been more important to have walking poles to cling on to, to keep one upright!

A programme card is being prepared for summer 2022 excursions. Four dates are already fixed. Members may book for these by contacting the Secretary, by email, telephone, or pen and paper. One or two other places may be arranged in addition. All bookings must be accompanied by £5 deposit to secure the Member’s place on the visit. Some visits require full payment being made in advance as we have to pay the venue in advance. Please note; own travel arrangements must be made.

At the Methodist Chapel we shall welcome Members in the entrance vestibule to pay £2 entry each, and Guests pay £2 in addition. We also offer the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.   This time it will be £1 a ticket for the raffle, not for a strip of five tickets. This means less paper needs to be handled but the money handed over remains the same. Please bear with us as we may not hand over any wine bottle to the winner within the building.  A committee member will hand it to you at the door as you leave. Other prizes may be handed to the winner.

It is quite a challenge, organising lectures after so long without indoor meetings, and we hope you will bear with us as we get used to our new venue.

We look forward to welcoming you to the last of the current series of winter lectures. We are sure it is a great relief for you all that Covid restrictions have been lifted. If Government Regulations change in the future we shall need to bear them in mind and behave accordingly.

Locals will know where to park but for those coming from beyond Easingwold, there is a small amount of parking in front of the Chapel best kept available for those with mobility needs and our speaker for the day. There is some parking space just prior to reaching the Chapel, on the other side of Chapel Street. There is a Hambleton District Council carpark off Showfield Drive, and, of course, there is the market place.

The recent AGM ratified the increase in the subscription payment to £10 per person, and the introduction of a charge of £2 per person to attend each lecture. Guests pay £2 per event to attend, plus, for lectures the £2 mentioned above.

We shall be happy to receive subscriptions at the meetings, or if you wish, via the Secretary’s home. Receipts will be issued. Subscriptions are due in October.

We will benefit from comfortable seating and the IT equipment in our new venue. We shall bring the Society’s laptop and use the resident audio and screen.

It is with much pleasure that we invite Members, upon payment of the necessary £2, to come to our lectures. We would very much hope that you can support our events. We look forward to seeing you and sharing details of the interesting summer programme (Members have priority and Guests may be able to attend if space allows) for which we have made preparations. 

Thank you               Frank Kirk, Chairman

Stillington, A History

November 26, 2019

Mr Grahame Richardson, a Stillington resident, has kindly given us access to his book ‘The Peculiar History of Stillington’. Compiled after over 25 years of research, mainly through the Borthwick Institute and local sources, it is a comprehensive study of the area and can be read online or downloaded at the emboldened text above.

Funded by the National Lottery through Awards for All