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Sunday, August 28th, 2022

It is with great pleasure that I can tell you that we have arranged five winter Lecture meetings, 2022 – 2023, for the Society.

The venue for meetings is the Methodist Chapel, Chapel Street, Easingwold. The postcode, should you need it, is YO61 3AE. Please be seated for 7.25pm, and the lecture will commence at 7.30pm. We will hold a raffle. Gifts of prizes for the raffle are always welcome.

At the Methodist Chapel we shall welcome Members in the entrance vestibule to pay £2 entry each, and Guests pay £2 in addition, ie £4 each.

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.

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 subscription payment of £10 per person is due in October. ,

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

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 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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