NEWSLETTER – JULY  2017 No. 67


On 21st July, Ken Bonham will talk on “Historic Barns”. Ken’s website >> Great Barns

Post meeting comment: We thank Ken for his very informative talk and the opportunity to see his extra-special models showing barn and particularly barn roof construction.

In August, there will be no meeting; your Committee will meet to discuss progress.

On 15th September, Graham and Judy White will talk about “A Collectors Dilemma”.




£4500 raised to date with money still coming in!

A BIG Thank you!

£1,500 will go to St Matthew’s Church
£3,000 will go towards buying Five “24/7” Defibrillators. DACA will ensure they are situated around Darley Abbey, including the Mills, as determined with EMAS.
How about learning how to do chest compressions and use a defibrillator?
Look out for FREE training sessions.

Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Day will be held on Sunday 22nd October in the Village Hall 11am to 4pm

We will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts, probably including some Ice-House information,  if the Project is under way by then. Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group.

Click on this website too >> Where Can We Go



Darley Hall Ice House  Community Dig

Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF) will meet on 20th July and, hopefully, make a decision in favour of our bid.  If we get a positive result, we will be looking at 23rd September to start the Dig, so that it can include young helpers in term-time.  This depends on a number of other agencies (Trent & Peak Archaeology, DCC) being able to meet that date.  Contact will be then made with Groups and individuals who have volunteered to help.

You will be able to keep in touch and get details from our new Blog, engineered by Tony.


DAHG LINKS TO THE INTERNET – instant communication with anyone in the world

Tony has made it possible for those with internet connected computers, tablets, smartphones or similar to access regularly updated information on the group and its activities and to send queries to the Committee. He writes …..

We now have a group email address, for your questions and queries.

We also have a “Blog”.   Definition: “ A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal text entries in ‘posts’ or ‘pages’. ”  Our Blog can be found on a Google Search, though it is a bit obscure, and it is possible to link it to the Darley Abbey website should we so choose. This is up to you and the Committee.

The Blog contains a more visual version of Alan’s Newsletter, with embedded links, pictures and the Group Programme, as well as tabs to other pages of information.  The latter have specific headings like, ‘Ice House Dig’, ‘About’, ‘Contact’ etc. Posts and Pages will be added or amended as required, like when we have new subjects or maybe we have a last minute programme change. Everything is regularly updated and there is on-demand access to view, when you are On-The-Net. Best of all, our Blog comes at zero cost.

There are many benefits to be obtained by using the internet, one of which is its 24/7 availability. For example, when we (hopefully) receive our HLF grant, we can use new (to us) communication methods to keep in ‘night and day’ contact with those involved in the dig advising them of timings, where to be, what needs doing etc.  I’m sure you can see that there are advantages all round and there’s a bit of relief to Alan having to meet publishing deadlines, if updates are on a regular or even day-by-day basis.

Here is the web address of our Blog,

Please take a look, explore and let me have your comments via the email address above.

Yours, Tony

Alan Bradwell – Newsletter Editor

Tony Lintott – Blog Editor


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