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AGM 2020

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Our 2020 AGM was held on Wednesday 30th September. It was a closed meeting organised under the emergency arrangements allowed during the pandemic. The President and Secretary were present and the quorum was made up of proxies submitted by the membership. We are very grateful to the 107 members who sent in proxy forms either…

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Daniel Cross Bates (1868 – 1954) Clergyman and Meteorologist by Richard Buck, Curator of Archaeology It is sometimes interesting to observe the way that small things from your past develop into something much larger and more interesting in later life… As a child my paternal Grandparents lived in a bungalow along Hawthorn Bank in Spalding.…

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SGS Numbers Quiz

SGS Numbers Quiz 150 150 Dave Jacobs

New SGS Charity Quiz Announcement I thought it would be a good idea to bring out another quiz, to help pass the time, and exercise those little grey cells etc. It is a Numbers quiz, and every answer is a number. Please email and you will be emailed the quiz and instructions, or download a…

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Words Quiz Results

Words Quiz Results 150 150 Dustin Frazier Wood

Many thanks to all who took part in the latest Society quiz – the results are now in. A total of £205 was raised, which is a great achievement. Also, a special thank you to those that donated a bit of extra money. All proceeds go to the Society. There were two people sharing first…

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Captain Christopher Middleton’s Map and Book -Jonathan Dobbs, SGS Member & Volunteer Coordinator A couple of weeks ago my Father was given a birthday present from his family to enable both him, and my Mother, to keep in touch with their grandchildren. Advertised as an easy to use video calling device, Portal from Facebook also…

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I Felt Like Alice in Wonderland (Italian & English) Irene Regolo [*We are delighted to have many international members, volunteers and correspondents. To ensure their voices are captured, we present their posts in their own words, followed by a translation where necessary.] Durante il mio viaggio attraverso l’Inghilterra, casualmente scoprii la SGS e il suo…

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Combat Over the Trenches Alistair Goodrum Their donor sadly unknown; tucked away among the treasures in our Library are two unique books that, to an aviation historian, are little gems.  These are a pair of Log Books – not of the more familiar, personal, aircrew type – but of two individual aeroplanes that flew during…

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U3A Shared Learning Projects with the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Dr Mandy Topp The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society holds some thirty plus boxes of documents relating to Sir Joseph Banks and the Stanhope family who inherited his Revesby estate. Over the last few months members of Sleaford U3A have been working with the SGS, in a Shared…

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Musings from the Museum #9

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Discovering the SGS Archives Dr. Michael Honeybone As I’m a historian, I will start with a date.  In 1992 I had just moved from school-teaching to educating adults and was teaching a course in the History of Science and Technology for the Open University.  I was in search of local historical material which could make…

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Lordships of Manors – The Manor of Crowland -Freya Trotman Following a visit to the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society in Broad Street, after a very long absence. Ian Hoult very kindly showed me round and introduced me to one of the “stars” of the vast collection. The Crowland Cartulary. This early medieval manuscript was just astonishing…

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