The 4th meeting of the Family History group was held on Friday 14th January at Community
House. We confirmed that we would like to remain as a self-help group, giving and
receiving advice,rather than the "lecture and tea" format favoured by other groups.
At the meeting ,one member described how he had discovered, using genealogy forums,the
circumstances of his uncle's death in the war. Some members are complete beginners.
Other more experienced members gave advice to get them started.
The next meeting will be on Thursday February 10th at the Family History Centre Wetherby
Road from 2 till 4 p.m. An Agenda will be e mailed to all members.
and Eveline Jackson
French Conversation 1
Our group has suffered a double loss recently.
Margaret Grint was a founder member of our group and was the coordinator. Sadly,
Margaret became ill two years ago and died last November. We miss her presence at
our meetings and her gentle humour.
John Edwards joined us shortly before Margaret became ill and later accepted to be
our acting leader/co-ordinater. He added an extra liveliness to the group introducing
interesting topics to the conversation. He very much enjoyed the meetings and using
his language skills in a relaxed atmosphere. He had been a teacher of French, and
encouraged us in speaking. After a short illness John passed away last November.
We very much miss both Margaret and John in our group.
Our group of seven members of varying ability meets in each other’s homes weekly
on Friday mornings. For about an hour we chat [in French of course] about anything
and everything. After a coffee break (with cakes!), we read and translate a few pages
of the current book (Marcel Pagnol’s Jean de Florette).
There is room for one or two new members.
History of Art
Brian continued his talks on Impressionism starting with Auguste Renoir, who was
very popular with the public, obtaining high prices for his pleasant, happy images.
(He was painting flowers on porcelain plates at age 13 yrs.).He then spoke of both
Camille Pissarro, considered an elder of the movement, and Edgar Degas, wealthy,
with a family connection to New Orleans, where he painted the New Orleans CottonOffice 1873.
An interesting aside, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 affected all the Impressionists,
some fighting, and some emigrating to avoid the fight. We look forward to February,
when we resume our look at Impressionism. Thanks again to Brian Souter for all his
knowledge, and his willingness to share it.
Since relocating to Starbeck Methodist Church, the membership of the Group has slowly
increased and now stands at 50. Speakers are varied and in keeping with the overall
theme of the history of Harrogate and district.
In September, Keith Wilkinson retraced the steps of a visitor arriving in Harrogate
in late summer 1914 to take the “Harrogate Cure” and concluded with the poignant
images of youthful volunteers joining the local “Harrogate Pals” and going to war.
In October, Roger and Barbara Davey described what happens in the Ilkley Playhouse
before a production is staged. As a result of this talk, May’s outing will incorporate
a visit to the Theatre to have a behind-the-scenes tour. November saw John Symington
describe what it was like to live in Yorkshire during the Civil War. In December
Ken Humphries using music and songs from the time talked about the Victorian Music
Hall from its beginnings in supper clubs.
The year began with a talk by Jenny Stacey about the Whaling industry and her great
grand father who had been the Captain of a Whaler fishing out of the port of Hull.
The programme for the rest of the year is:-
February - David Hunt - Knaresborough Castle
March - David Harker – North Country Humour
April - John Gilleghan – The Story of James Herriott