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Sunday, October 29th, 2023

We have arranged six winter Lecture meetings for the Society in the winter season, 2023 – 2024. Our lectures will be held on Thursday evenings.

The venue for meetings is the Church Hall, Long Street, Easingwold. This is on the west side of the street, just south of the Pelican crossing. The postcode, should you need it, is YO61 3JB. Lectures will commence at 7.30pm. We will hold a raffle and gifts of prizes for the raffle are always welcome. Raffle tickets are £1 a strip. We are also offering refreshments after the lecture, which we know allows members to converse with the lecturer in an informal setting.

Subscriptions of £10 per person are now due. Cash, or cheques payable to Forest of Galtres Society are welcome.

Our next lecture will be held on Thursday 23rd November. Our lecturer will be Dr Shane O’Rourke. Dr O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Modern History, at the University of York.  The title of the presentation is  Russia’s War in Ukraine: An Imperial Fantasy.

Members will  be welcomed at the Church Hall, each paying £2 for entry. Guests pay £2 in addition, ie £4 each.

Locals will know where to park. For those coming from beyond Easingwold, there is a small car park in front of the Church Hall. available for several cars including those with mobility needs, and our speaker for the day. There is also a North Yorkshire Council carpark nearby, off Showfield Drive.

We shall be using the digital equipment which we were able to purchase in 2009, from our Awards for All Lottery funding.

It is with much pleasure that we invite Members and Guests to come to our lectures. We very much hope that you can support our events. We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the winter lectures for which we have made preparation. 

Thank you               Frank Kirk, Chairman

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Stillington, A History

Tuesday, November 26th, 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.

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Our Good News!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

We are delighted to inform members and all those interested in the Society that we now have a new president.  This is with effect from 12 January 2017.

We have, since the early 1990s, been honoured to have Dr Peter Addyman as our president.  With Peter wishing to relinquish that post we were set a massive task to find just the right person to take on the position.

It is with real pleasure from all concerned that we can announce that Professor Joann Fletcher, Visiting Professor in Archaeology at the University of York has graciously accepted our invitation and she has been elected president.

We were so pleased to welcome her personally at the Annual General Meeting last Thursday. We had a good attendance at the meeting, and more will be reported on the excellent academic lecture which we enjoyed after the business meeting.

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Awards for All

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The National Lottery has today announced its support for the work of an Easingwold society by awarding them a grant of £9,950 under the Awards for All Scheme.

The Forest of Galtres Society, the lucky winners of this grant aid here in North Yorkshire, has ambitious plans to widen its goals and use information technology to improve what it does.

Forest of Galtres Society Chairman, Dr Frank Kirk, says; ‘This will be a great opportunity for us. We are a small society, founded in 1953, so well before most civic societies came into being. We hope to study much more of the history of the area and to make an archive. This will be made available on our new website, which will be created as an important part of improving communications. The grant of Lottery Funding will enable us to use digital information technology, which otherwise we could not have afforded. The Lottery Award will enable the archiving of information in an accessible way, and will enable us to participate in archaeological and historical research supported with good recording facilities.’

Three members of the Committee will have laptops and printers for the purpose of communicating and the preparation of reports and documents. This will enable the good work we began in summer 2008 with a Stone Tool Surgery at Easingwold Library, to continue. We enjoyed some supervised archaeological fieldwalking in spring 2009, and we hope to continue to widen our knowledge with the help of professional archaeologists.

The opportunities in front of us are really good and this funding will provide a great boost for the Forest of Galtres Society.

Contact:    Forest of Galtres Society, Hon Secretary, Helen Kirk Tel: 01347 821685


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