Northumberland, NE62 5UD
Contact: Phyllis McGraw (Secretary)
Meetings on 1st Wednesday in the month at 1.30 pm
(No meeting in August)
Non-members are always most welcome to attend the meetings and the coffee and chat afterwards
Meeting face to face at the above venue, usual time (Depending on Government Regulations)
|Date||Subject of Talk||Speaker|
|1st June 2022||Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ‘Street’ Celebration||–|
|6th July 2022||‘Pictas’ of Newbiggin–by–the–Sea
Society’s Membership System and Website
|3rd August 2022||No meeting but optional Newbiggin Guided Trail by Joan Rose||–|
|7th September 2022||Women’s Hostels||Liz O’Donnell|
|5th October 2022||Northumbrian Dialect||Kim Bibby Wilson|
|2nd November 2022||‘The Argylls’ in Berlin – a Personal Story||George Getty|
|7th December 2022||Xmas quiz||–|
Reports of meetings
26 people attended the meeting with 2 apologies.
The meeting was opened by the Chair who introduced the speaker Maureen Brooks. Maureen gave a talk entitled Hiring Fairs & Herring Girls. The talk provoked a deal of interest amongst members who related family experiences linked to the topic.
Meeting on the 6th April which was attended by 11 members attended with apologies from12 members which were mostly Covid related. The speaker Anthea Lang gave a lively talk about Funerary Rites entitled ‘From Here to Eternity’. This talk was well received by those present who now have a greater understanding of the symbolic carvings and sculptures in churchyards.
13 members attended the meeting held on 1st March with 5 apologies.
The meeting was opened by Michael Murphy who introduced the speaker, Joyce Jackman. Joyce gave an informative and interactive talk with a workshop activity relating to Estate Records.
Phyllis McGraw introduced a data protection form for members to sign giving permission for the group to hold information to be used only in relation to NDFHS business. This information will be destroyed if a member leaves the group
An email will be sent to all members by the secretary giving further details.
The meeting held on February 2nd 2022 was attended by 25 people including several visitors. The meeting was opened at 1:30 by Chair Michael Murphy who introduced the speaker Barry Mead who gave an excellent illustrated talk, Bedlington Remembered.
Members were told that Wendy Stafford, the recently resigned Chair, had been sent flowers and given life membership of NDFHS in recognition of her service to the society over many years. A collection was taken to be used to fund a further tribute
Chair gave a resume of discussion which had taken place at a meeting of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. This included proposed future talks and events, review of meeting venue and social aspects of the group. Members were consulted but no final decisions have been made
It was suggested lists of members interests and families being researched should be compiled
NDFHS website is available for members to access
Minutes of AGM Wansbeck branch NDFHS January 12th 2022 which was attended by 14 members.
Wendy Stafford, the long standing Chair, resigned due to ill health. Tributes were paid to her and tokens of appreciation will be sent.
Nominations taken for Chair, Secretary and Treasurer:
The roles of Chair and Trustee are to be combined. Discussion took place about the future of group ( detailed notes available). Monthly meeting fee to be increased to £ 2 to cover cost of hall and speakers’ fees. Statement of 2021 accounts presented and accepted
2 new signatories to be Chair and Secretary . Treasurer and Raymond Ditchburn to continue as signatories
Meeting Held on 1st December – 9 members in attendance.
Numbers were down because of ill health and the weather. Nevertheless, we had a good meeting with a Musical Christmas Quiz followed by a discussion about childhood memories of Christmas. Some members brought along things saved from childhood and all had vivid memories of presents and customs. It was agreed that things are very different today.
Last updated 11th May 2022