At the Edwinstowe Historical Society AGM in May, Chair Shirley Moore reported that 30 enquiries had been handled through the year. These were in connection with: families who had lived and were buried in the village; the provision of information for a Young Adult adventure novel; guidance for an English literature student asking about Elizabeth Sarah Villa Real; and an enquiry from the son of an Italian prisoner of war researching his father’s time in Sherwood Forest and Rufford.
The Society was the first port of call for the BBC Countryfile researchers in connection with a recent programme about Sherwood Forest. The committee members were re-elected, and the programme of talks commencing in September finalised.
After the meeting a slideshow took a light-hearted look at village life, with the emphasis on people’s hats over the past century. These varied from bowlers, boaters, trilbies and caps for the men, and elaborately decorated picture hats, boaters, and cloche hats for the ladies. Liz Stewart-Smith was the winner of the quiz. The afternoon closed with a ‘fuddle’.
No meetings will take place during July and August. The speaker at the meeting on 20th September is Bob Massey, with his talk ‘Murder, Mystery and Mayhem’.
Meetings are held in the Church Rooms, Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe NG21 9NJ on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm. The annual subscription is £12.00, and visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.00.