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The subject of the talk at our November meeting was The Green Men of Southwell Minster. Dr. David Marcombe told us that although they may have been considered to have originated in pagan times, in fact there are images in Egyptian, Celtic and Hindu cultures. The Green Men take many forms, from faces peering out of foliage, or with leaves coming out of their mouths and ears to faces made of leaves. Despite research, nobody can say with any certainty why this image appeared or what its true significance is.

There will be no meeting in the village centre in December as members have a Christmas lunch.

THE FIRST MEETING IN THE NEW YEAR WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY 11th JANUARY AND THE SPEAKER WILL BE LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGIST MATT BERESFORD and the talk is about ROMAN SOUTHWELL

It will be an illustrated talk on the ongoing work at Southwell which explores the Roman landscape of the town and surrounding region. The talk will primarily focus on the last two seasons of fieldwork on the Harvey’s Field site, abutting the Roman villa that existed there.

We meet in the Lower Hall of the Village Centre at 7.30. Visitors are welcome. (2.50)

The speaker on 8th February will be the Minster’s recently retired Cathedral Organist and Rector Chori PAUL HALE – “Ramblings of a Rector Chori:- a cathedral organist looks back on his 40 years as a Cathedral Organist

We have books “A History of Farnsfield” (5.00) and Memories of Farnsfield (2.50) as well as our Chairman 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.

For more information telephone David and Judith Milnes on 01623 882454

APPEAL FOR OLD DEEDS AND DOCUMENTS

FARNSFIELD LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

Many local historians and History Societies (including Farnsfield Local History Society) are getting increasingly concerned by the loss and destruction of old title deeds and documents.
This has recently accelerated with the introduction of compulsory land registration.

Registration of Title means that once registration has been completed the old deeds and documents are no longer required. Before compulsory registration the title deeds were essential and were most commonly held by Building Societies or other lenders. Now they do not wish to clutter their storage space and are returning old deeds to the property owners where they are in danger of loss or destruction.

Old title deeds are very useful in establishing how a community grew and developed. They also give a snapshot of how our predecessors lived.

Farnsfield Local History Society want to try and build up such a picture by obtaining and storing unwanted old deeds and documents, or just borrowing them. So it is asking anyone who holds such items relating to Farnsfield and its immediate neighbourhood to pass them on to the Society so that they can be studied and any useful information recorded.

If you are willing to pass on old deeds to the Society please contact David and Judith Milnes at Long Acre, Main St., Farnsfield, telephone no. 01623 882454 or email to judavidm@btinternet.com.

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New Album Page Added – Farnsfield Photographs

Please take a look at the new photo album page.  We are experimenting with different ways of displaying the hundreds of Farnsfield Photographs, pictures and images we have gathered that portray Farnsfield’s history.  In time each image will appear in the appropriate page of the web site.  This page will remain though to allow you to browse the images at your leisure.

Please take a moment and let us know what you think.

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