NEXT MEETING. – On 21st September, Colin Stewart will talk on “Calke Abbey – from Medieval Priory to Elizabethan Mansion”
On 19th October Tim Coltman will talk on “The Life of William Coltman – Awarded VC”
DVMills Discovery Days / WWI Anniversary
- Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the Village on Saturday 27th Oct.
- We have booked the Village Hall for Saturday 27th October, 12.00 – 17.00, for a DAHG Historical Exhibition with a WWI theme. We will exhibit items from our Archive and other sources, relative to WW1.
- Liz Lockwood is working on an analysis of Darley soldiers who returned safely and the links they had in the village.
- Nick Clarke will present on Derby Parks in WW1.
- Mike Taylor will have WW1 Memorabilia from the British Legion on display.
- The Church will be promoting the seven Darley men who died in the War with their biographies in the Church magazine.
- Hazel Thompson will have display material from the Derby Open Spaces Group along with modern patchwork etc.
- Tony Lintott and Roy Hartle have personal memorabilia.
- There will be a knitted poppy trail.
- Please send us your further ideas on how DAHG can commemorate this 100yr. anniversary in November.
Train &Tram Talks – Vicar Peter Barham will reminisce about his first visit to Crich Tramway Museum 40 years ago and show films of Trams & Trains on Saturday, 22nd September at 3pm & 7.30pm in The Fellowship Room.
Derby Book Festival – Takes place in May – June 2019, but there is an early taster on Tuesday “3rd October 2018 at 7.30pm in the Quad, Derby when Paddy Ashdown will talk about ‘Hitler’ in “An Evening with Paddy Ashdown”. Tickets £7 from Quad.
Country Images Magazine – This month’s issue has a feature on “Darley Abbey” and we have contributed an article on DAHG and its aims and progress. Useful publicity. See this link to the magazine pages Digital Viewing
200 Years of St Matthews – Events being planned for June 2019 will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew’s Church. Hence, the next Darley Abbey Day will now be on Saturday 20 June 2020.
Village Trough / Font and Village Memories
We had little response for information on The Font until a lady who had done a project on Darley Abbey as a student emailed that she had seen The Font and met its owners in 1966 and written a Report on it, and the village, which she still had. The Font’s owners had a magical tale about it and the monks of Darley Abbey.
We duly met her here in Darley and she loaned us the Report, which we have copied into DAHG Report No 97, which can be loaned. There are some fabulous village photos in the report with No traffic to be seen !!
Tony & Alan visited Calke Abbey on the weekend of 20th/21st July to see the dig on remains similar to our Ice-house.
Their Ice-house had identical red-brick octagonal foundations, but there were two layers of wall and drains in the floor, making it more likely to be a Game-larder rather than a Summer-house like ours.
The medieval pottery finds from the Ice-House dig has been analysed by a pottery expert, and a Report issued. There were three definite samples of pottery from the Burley Hill kilns at Allestree Park. This Report has been incorporated into our DAHG Report No. 94 on our Dowsing survey at Allestree Park of the kiln site, which shows there are many buried buildings on the site, and culverts related to Burley Grange, which was owned by the Abbey of Darley. The site is one of the few early medieval (11th – 13th) pottery sites known in Derbyshire. There have been excavations there in 1862, 1957, 2000 and 2007 and much pottery has been unearthed, but not much is known about the location of the kilns.
Tunnels off Spinney Close – Another Ice-House ?
We have not had time to progress this project further just yet.
If you have any information on their history, let us know.
Village Hall Lawn Hole
Tony & Alan went probing the Hall lawn to find out how deep the hollow section is below ground. The picture shows our probe well down in the hole, with space below we believe.
We have made some proposals to DACA & DCC Parks to investigate the hole and then fill it in to make it safe.
Darley Park Multi-user Path
Pending reply from Janet Dean & Steve Baker
Committee Meeting. We held a Committee Meeting in August and the Minutes of that meeting have been circulated to you as agreed. The main proposals are to start meetings at 7pm rather than 7.30pm and to charge all-comers (Members and Visitors) £1.50 – Commencing the 2019 season. – Ratified, at 21 September 2018 meeting.
We still need a Librarian for the Group. Volunteers, please step forward !
Also we need new Committee Members – the Group does not run itself – it needs volunteers.
Tony Lintott adds …….
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