We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the Lower Hall of the Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield at 7.30. (not in December)
The Robin Hood Line – the Nottingham to Worksop Railway was the subject of our September meeting, a talk by railway enthusiast Bill Taylor from Mansfield with many historical photographs making it a very interesting evening.
A line from Nottingham to Mansfield was started in the 1840s, before the collieries in Notts. And was extended north of Mansfield in 1875 when the mines opened there to transport the coal. Continuation of mining in North Notts ensured the line was kept open even though it had stopped as a passenger service in 1964. Following a lot of lobbying to have this reinstated funding was obtained from the EU, British Government and local authorities and the line took the public from the Midland station in Nottingham as far as Newstead in 1993. This was gradually extended by opening up the tunnel at Kirkby summit, through to Mansfield Woodhouse and then on to Worksop.
Visitors are always welcome at our meetings – ?3 includes tea and biscuits.
The speaker on 10th October will be Pauline Marples and the subject:- Mansfield in World War I, which will include Clipstone Camp.
Members also enjoyed a visit to Winkburn Hall in September. Mr. and Mrs Craven-Smith-Milnes made us very welcome and gave us a very interesting tour of their home. We marvelled at the work Jane Craven-Smith-Milnes has done over the years repairing the plasterwork in the Hall.
If you would be interested in joining us then please contact David and Judith Milnes on 01623 882454 for more details.
We have books “A History of Farnsfield” (5.00) and Memories of Farnsfield (3.00) as well as Philip Marsh’s book on Farnsfield’s own pioneer and explorer Augustus Gregory whose family emigrated to Australia in the nineteenth century. “Farnsfield to Rainworth – Journey of a Lifetime” (7.00) It is selling very well and can be obtained from Farnsfield library, the Bookcase in Lowdham, the Cathedral shop in Southwell and Five Leaves bookshop off Long Row, Nottingham. We also have copies of all these. Philip Marsh’s latest book is about The Wesleyan and Methodist Chapels and School, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire 1799-2012.
Please look at our Events page for our programme, photographs and lots more