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NO­TICES for this month were to re­mind mem­bers to sign up for next month’s Christ­mas din­ner at the Foxlowe. And also to in­vite them to bring along sto­ries or things of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est to the Mem­ber’s evening on Jan­uary 14.

On Mem­ber’s Evening in 2017 David Cliffe gave us a fleet­ing, but tan­ta­lis­ing taste of the early 20th cen­tury pho­to­graphs and post­cards of WH Niths­dale.

He has now com­piled these and more into a fas­ci­nat­ing book on Niths­dale’s work which is avail­able in Pic­ture Book in time for Christ­mas.

Mov­ing on to the main topic for the evening we were in­tro­duced to Alan & Judy Weeks from Swytham­ley, who pro­ceeded to take us on a whirl­wind tour through the life of Henry Court­ney Brock­le­hurst, younger brother of Sir Philip.

Their re­search has been some years in the com­pil­ing but was much aided by the for­tu­itous find on ebay of 1,200 neg­a­tives taken by Court­ney in the early years of the 20th cen­tury.

Af­ter spend­ing the last two years de­vel­op­ing them into prints there was the ba­sis of a film show and hope­fully, later a book.

See a fu­ture edi­tion of our By­gones sec­tion for a full ac­count of Henry’s life.

The next meet­ing will be the an­nual Christ­mas Din­ner at the Foxlowe. Con­tact Viv Dixon or Joan Bennett to book your place if you haven’t al­ready done so.

The Jan­uary 14 meet­ing is our cus­tom­ary ‘Mem­bers evening’; again please con­tact Joan to let her know if you have some­thing of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est that you would like to share with us.

That’s all for 2018, ex­cept to wish ev­ery­one a Happy Christ­mas and a peace­ful New Year.

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