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We have continued to have good audiences at our programme of events.  July saw us on a tour of Belper relating to Strutt’s Mill and the housing the workers lived in.  The tour touched on quite a lot of the social history of Belper including the nailors, the navvies, the police and murderers as well as the churches.

The recent wine tasting had a full house but a very delayed start as our speaker, having been here three times before, managed to go to Sheffield to give the talk having picked up the wrong file!  After some frantic phone calls and some rapid driving all went well in the end with a wide range of Chilean and Argentinean wines to taste together with an amusing and informative chat even if it was a late finish. 

The newsletter outlines next year’s meetings and provides a well thought out programme which we hope you will enjoy. 

Membership subscriptions are due for renewal on the 1st January 2005.  Wendy Bateman, our membership secretary, will be shortly issuing reminders to us. 

The Committee felt that names and telephone numbers of the officers and committee of the Society should be published in the Newsletter for the information of members.


Peter Rainey                            Chairman                                   703748

Alan Webster                          Vice-Chairman                           701838

Denis Dalton                            Treasurer                                   704922

Hazel Blackhall                        Secretary                                   702552

Wendy Bateman                      Membership Secretary               704431

David Guest                             Committee Member                   703650

Roger Paulson                         Committee Member                   704034

Janet Melen                             Committee Member                   702346

Erika Bannister                        Committee Member                   702872

Jeanette Griffiths                      Committee Member                   702439

PROGRAMME AUTUMN 2005 (All 7.30 p.m starts unless otherwise stated)

OCTOBER 6TH  Mary Smedley, who runs the Visitor Centre at Belper will be talking about The Derwent Valley World Heritage Site. This is the stretch of the river from Belper to Derby that has been accorded the same recognition as The Pyramids, The Taj Mahal etc.

NOVEMBER 3rd  Sees the return of David Tideswell  who last gave a talk on the Robin. He is a well known broadcaster and this time his subject is the Titmice family of garden birds.

SATURDAY  DECEMBER  3rd    Coffee Morning 10 a.m-12.30 p.m. As well as coffee and mince pies and the display of hobbies and crafts as last year, Charles Hanson who regularly appears on the TV Floggit and Bargain Hunt programmes will be valuing articles brought in by the public on the morning -£1 per person ( maximum 4 items). Barbara Quinn from the County Air Ambulance will be selling Christmas Cards etc. The proceeds from the valuations will be donated to this charity. To book table space for your hobby/craft ring Alan Webster on 01283 701838 sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.



JANUARY 19TH. The 3rd David Wilkinson Memorial Lecture in the 400 Hall of Repton School. Jeremy Bournon, Director of Art at the School, will give a lecture entitled “ The Isenheim Altar piece” by Matthias Grunewald. This medieval altarpiece was highly significant in its day for the healing and comfort of people afflicted by the plague. It’s meaning for us is no less important in the 21st Century. Free admission with a retiring collection for a nominated charity. 

FEBRUARY  2ND. “Life in the Darkness” of an abandoned lead mine by John Jones.

MARCH 2nd.  “The Trent and Mersey Canal” by Geoff. Williamson followed by the ANNUAL  GENERAL  MEETING.

APRIL  6th. “Extremes of Local Weather over the last 30 years” by David Stanier.

MAY  4th.  “The Development of Sheffield” by Rod Pearson.

WEDNESDAY MAY  10th  Guided tour of Sheffield with Rod Pearson.  Times & costs later.

JUNE  1st.  “Royal Crown Derby China” by Jacqueline Banks.

JULY  6th. Evening visit to Staunton Harold Hall for a guided tour of their lovely home by Mr. &  Mrs. John Blunt.  MEMBERS ONLY- LIMIT 50. Cost: £5 to include a finger buffet.

AUGUST  No events Planned.

SEPTEMBER  7th  “The Butterley Engineering Company” by Brian Key.

OCTOBER  5th.  “The Gas Man Came to Call” a history from opium to computer technology by Dr. D. Anderson.

NOVEMBER 2nd. “ The View from the Loo” travel tales with a difference by Nick Noyes.

SATURDAY  DECEMBER  2nd   Coffee  Morning  10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Free entry. More details later.

All talks/events are held in the Village Hall, Askew Grove on the first Thursday in the month and will start at 7.30.p.m. unless otherwise stated. Charges: Members £2. Visitors, who are always welcome, £3. For further details please contact Alan Webster on 01283 701838 or David Guest on 01283 703650.

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