Here are details of our current meetings programme and our newsletter.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, at
The Chilwell Memorial Institute, 129 High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 4AT
Doors open at 7.15pm and the meetings start at 7.30 pm.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available at each meeting and Society publications are available to purchase. The hall is equipped with a sound and induction loop system.
The Society arranges public local history displays from time to time including taking part in the Heritage Open Day each year. Future events will be announced on this page.
OUR PROGRAMME OF SPEAKERS
Jan-16 ROBERT MEE BRADSHAW'S AND AN EARLY RAILWAY TOUR
Feb-20 RICHARD GAUNT THE PENTRICH REBELLION
Mar-20 ANN FEATHERSTONE FOOLS AND HORSES - THE VICTORIAN CIRCUS
Apr-17 JO GOLBY LAURA ASHLEY
May-15 PAUL SWIFT NOTTINGHAM CITY HOSPITAL
Jun-19 JOHN BECKETT THE GREAT ESCAPE FROM SUTTON BONINGTON
Jul-17 WOLLATON DOVECOTE VISIT
Aug-21 JANINE TANNER NOTTINGHAM ‘S VICTORIA STATION
Sep-18 CHRIS WEIR SECRETS MYSTERIES AND CURIOSITIES OF NOTTINGHAM
Oct-16 AGM Plus JILL OAKLAND CORDWAINER TO CANADA - A LOCAL BOOTMAKER AND FAMILY
Nov-20 JULIA POWELL DAME LAURA KNIGHT - LONG EATON BORN ARTIST
Dec-18 CHRISTMAS FUDDLE AND QUIZ
A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
24th November held at Chilwell Road,
Methodist Church, Beeston.
Thanks to Anne, Doug and Jill’s help we had a very successful Saturday morning, with plenty of items on the stall for sale. They all got into the spirit of the occasion and looked lovely in their Christmas jumpers and headwear. Also many thanks to all who donated gifts, it was very much appreciated.
NOVEMBER 24th Meeting:-
EMMA WILMOTT – The forgotten artist of the Dukeries.
Speaker – Richard Gaunt.
Richard told an extraordinary story about a member of the public coming forward and presenting Rosalys Coope, (who was giving a talk at the time), with a book full of Nottingham sketches. Who was the artist? Where were they from?
Emma Elizabeth Wilmott was a relation of Francis and Charles Darwin and was brought up appreciating the love of nature. Her sketches and artistic talents were probably influenced by a family member. She married her husband Edward in 1842 at Darley Dale.
Between 1842-46 her sketches showed excellent details of animals, buildings and nature in its widest variety. Her drawing of Worksop Manor is most important as now it has been demolished.
Emma at one time went to live in Cheshire and made friends with Elizabeth Gaskell the author of the Cranford series which was televised some time ago. Was Edward, her husband, the model for the kindly agent in Cranford?
One relatively unimportant life may have been obscured if it wasn’t for her art work.
DECEMBER 19th Meeting:-
CHRISTMAS MEETING including Quiz and Refreshments.
Our Christmas meeting went very well with a well thought out quiz and presentation from Jill Oakland. We had pictures of places in the snow, parts of buildings, lines from carols and old advertisements from the T.V. I didn’t know that in 1882 Edward Johnson put up the first string of fairy lights and that Canada was the first country to issue a Christmas stamp! You live and learn. Dougie did a roaring trade with his tombola stall. John & Carole White and Ray & Hilary Howard won the quiz. The team name was ‘Winner Takes All’, and they did. A very pleasant evening was had by all. Thanks Jill.
Many congratulations to Neville Bostock for becoming an Honorary Freeman of the Borough for his work in the community. Neville has been a member of our society for many years, being programme secretary at one time. He is also a member of the Beeston Methodist Carol Choir of which his father and grandfather were also members. He did loyal work for the Boys Brigade for forty years, and just recently became involved with the Memory Café, a support group at the Beeston Resource Centre for people affected by dementia. At the presentation he was awarded a certificate and a medallion on a ribbon which he can wear on special occasions.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Has anyone ideas for speakers they would wish to hear for our forthcoming programme in 2020?
2019 is all sorted and booked. Please give ideas to Jill Oakland
ALSO PLEASE THINK ABOUT WHERE WE CAN STORE OUR ARCHIVES IN THE FUTURE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW PLACE WITH EASY ACCESS, THAT IS REASONABLY PRICED AND SUITABLE FOR KEEPING DOCUMENTS, PHOTOGRAPHS ETC.
Many thanks for contributing towards my knitted poppy collection for the Forces in the Community. You helped me raise £102.40p. Carole