A Town With A Past --- And A Future
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Since we last reported, our society has become installed in its new venue in the St. John HQ, and those who have joined us there seem to have been well pleased with the place. It is sufficiently spacious, the black-out works well, the kitchen facilities are excellent and it is warm.

The society is in good shape. At the moment we have seventy members, though we also have a good number of non-members attending meetings as well. However, as one member of our committee felt recently that he had to stand down, we would very much like to recruit a replacement. Anyone out there who is interested, please come forward.
We have had two meetings so far this year, one for Hugh Willmott who gave an update on his excavations on the Thornton Abbey site, the other by Chris Bailey who related the histories of some of the men who served in one or other of the Lincolnshire regiments in World War I. Both talks were well-attended and in their different ways first-class – and they were both firsts, neither having been given previously to another group.

By the time this goes to press, we will have paid a visit to the church of St. Lawrence at Thornton Curtis, this conducted by Geoff Bryant, one of our foremost local ecclesiologists, and heard a talk given by Stuart Sizer on the Wold churches. Two further meetings will complete our season of presentations: on 25 September, Richard Clarke will give a talk entitled `Chalk Quarries & the Whiting Industry in the Barton Area`; on 30 October, Brian Peeps will speak to us about `Transport in and around Barton in the C.20th.`

Admission to our talks is free for members, but there is a charge of £2.50 to non-members. The membership is £5.00 for the year and anyone interested may join at the door on the evening of one of the talks or by contacting our membership secretary, Linda Brown, at 11, Highfield Crescent, Barton-on-Humber, DN18 6AQ (tel. 01652 637935).

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