40th anniversary programme 2017–18
Talks are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm at the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71 6BL. Tea/coffee & biscuits served at 7.00; talks finish by 9.00.
Membership fee for the season £8. Visitors are welcome to all talks and events (£3 per person).
Agriculture in Wooler and its environs, 1800 to the present – Dr Ian Roberts
A study of the agricultural development in the Glendale area
A golden age: Glendale in the 7th century – Max Adams, landscape archaeologist, historian and author/biographer
Local forestry activities in WW1 – Roger Jermy
Including a model forestry railway used for transporting timber during the shortage in WW1
Wednesday 15th November 10.30 Outing & guided tour to Scott’s Sawmills at Wooperton Station
Mills, milling and traditional bread making – David Harris-Jones, head miller at Heatherslaw mill, who will bring samples of bakery products
Archaeology in the North-East: details to follow – Richard Carlton
Wednesday 24th January Local History Quiz & Social Evening
Alnwick Castle and the history of St Cloud State University – Wade Sherman
Once a base for WW2 refugees, then a teacher training college, the castle now hosts the St. Cloud State University Alnwick Castle Program.
The Alnwick – Coldstream Railway: retracing its history – Rt Revd Dr Stephen Plattern
The origins and demise of our local railway
The last of the wandering minstrels: the life & work of Robert Gray, ‘The Yetholm Poet’ – Graeme Watson
A forgotten character, with a distinct personality, who ended his life in Wooler workhouse.
Followed by short AGM