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Just to remind you that the next meeting of NDFHS South Tyneside Branch will be held on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at the NEW TIME OF 1.30 P.M.   The meetings are held at St. Hilda's Visitor Centre, Market Place, South Shields.  This meeting will be a Members' Forum (but you don't have to be a member to attend) and will also include a Beginners' Question Time.  If you were unable to attend these branch meetings when they were held in the evenings and the new afternoon timing is more convenient for you, please try to come along.
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There will be a meeting of the NDFHS Durham-Belmont Branch on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 1.00 pm at Belmont Community Centre, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate, Durham (postcode for satnavs DH1 2LL), when guest speaker Norman Kirtlan will give a talk on "Jack the Ripper and North-East Associations".  Please come along - it sounds fascinating!
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The next meeting of NDFHS Alnwick Branch will be held at Bailiffgate Museum (postcode for satnavs NE66 1LX) on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm.  This will be a talk and book signing session by author and historian Andrew Clark entitled "North East Life in the 30s, 40s and 50s".  Please come along if you can.
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Our
 first meeting of the new season is on Sat 19 Sept 10am Bell View
Centre, Belford. Linda Bankier, Archivist from Berwick record office
will be telling us about the Flodden Transcription Project. Many
volunteers from both sides of the Border were recruited and received
training in palaeography in order to transcribe documents from the time
of Flodden. These documents have shed light on many hitherto unknown
aspects of the battle such as the wages paid to soldiers and where the
battle horses came from.

If you are a member who has not yet attended one of our talks make this
one your first  and if you are not a member why not come along and see
what we have to offer. Some of our members have Northumbrian ancestry
but many do not;they joined as it is a way of keeping in touch with
developments in researching your family history.

We usually meet for coffee beforehand from about 9.45. Do join us!

Bell View is near the village centre on the Wooler Road, opposite the
Community Club and has its own car park.
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Alnwick Branch / Re: Soldier from Waterloo
« Last post by DudleyG on July 24, 2015, 09:59:26 AM »
Yes it did. I am the Trustee representative for Alnwick. As I am webmaster for Bailiffgate Museum website I tend to contribute on website matters mostly..
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Tynedale Branch / NO Tynedale meeting in August
« Last post by Susanne on July 22, 2015, 04:22:17 PM »
Please note that the Tynedale branch does not have an August meeting
Next Tynedale meeting in Hexham is on 10th September
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Tynedale Branch / Report of July 2015 Tynedale meeting
« Last post by Susanne on July 12, 2015, 08:59:05 AM »
Meeting 9 July 2015:   12 members attended
Members Forum  The one that got away: Family items I wish I could have had
A variety of stories came out of this topic: some touching, others more frivolous.   Several were about items linked to a family member’s war service.  The story tellers began by giving some background to the person involved.  One uncle in law had been called up in 1917 and started in the London Scottish regiment.  He was transferred to the machine gun corps and posted abroad when he was 19.  He died soon after.  His sporran and medals are thought to have gone to his younger sibling and the speaker hoped to be able to find which cousin now had them.  Another tale was about the speaker’s father who was killed while on sick leave in 1945 in Northern Italy when he volunteered to act as a stretcher bearer. Two days earlier he had written detailed letters to his mother and sister.  A few years ago her eldest cousin had given the speaker the letter to their grandmother.  However the other letter to her aunt was disposed of by the aunt’s son when clearing the house. The third war related story was about a grandfather’s medals which had gone to another cousin.  It was only this year that the speaker was, at last, given photos of all the medals.  The family decision was the medals will go to the son of a different cousin who had himself been in the army and bore the family name.  Going back a lot further another speaker regretted not having got a bust of Wellington.  This had belonged to his great-grandfather who had joined the army in 1846 and served over 20 years, mainly abroad.  His daughter in law had left the bust and some other items to the speaker’s father but the speaker had never seen it and has always wondered where it had gone. Another set of items that only existed as a family tale was an ivory backed child’s hairbrush and comb that had belonged to a grand-mother’s first husband.  They, with some amber beads, had been talked about but, if still around, had gone to another branch.  Another item was a beautiful tray made in Brazil for a speaker’s father.  Originally it hung on the wall at home.  Another sibling now has it - but keeps it out of sight.  The speaker is considering suggesting that it should go round the family on a rota.  Lastly, one item did not get away - although it was a close run thing.  A “grubby old book” was being thrown out by her mother when the speaker, aged 12, rescued it.  It belonged to an uncle who was pleased it had been saved.  He suggested that the speaker could keep it in return for giving his young daughter her old doll’s pram.  The book was Camden’s Britannia.
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The next meeting of Wansbeck Branch will be held at Pegswood Community Hub on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 1.30 pm and will include a talk by Bill Bell on "THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MINERS' SAFETY LAMP".
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The next meeting of Tynedale Branch will be held at Gilesgate Community Centre, Hexham, on Thursday 9th July 2015 at 7.00 pm, and will be a Members' Forum on the subject of "THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: ITEMS I WISH I COULD HAVE HAD".
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Please note there will be no meetings in July and August at South Tyneside Branch, based at St. Hilda's Visitor Centre in South Shields.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at the new time of 1.30 pm, and this will consist of a Members' Forum and Beginners' Question Time.
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