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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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Please note that there will be no meetings in July or August at North Northumberland Branch, based at Belford.  The next meeting will be on Saturday 19th September 2015.
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The next meeting of Newcastle Branch will be held at Brunswick Church, Northumberland Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 2.00 pm, when Susan Lynn will be giving a talk on the Blaydon Burn Discovery Trail.
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The next meeting of London Branch will be held at the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA, on Saturday 11th July 2015 at 2.30 pm, when Anthea Lang will be giving her excellent talk on "LIFE ON THE HOME FRONT ON TYNESIDE IN WW1".
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The next meeting of Durham-Belmont Branch will be held at Belmont Community Centre on Wednesday 15th July 2015 at 1.00 pm, when John Stobbs will be giving a talk on "NORTH-EAST INTERNET RESEARCH".
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Please note there will be no meeting of Blyth Branch in July or August 2015.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th September.
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The next meeting of Alnwick Branch will be held at Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, on Tuesday 7th July 2015 at 7.15 pm and will feature a talk by the Branch Chairman Dudley George on "Illegitimacy - Clearing the Fog".
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