10th February 2013

Meeting: 10th February 2013 in Dallowgill Chapel Schoolroom. 19 attended despite the terrible weather!


  • Patrice Lyth did a presentation on the Chapel with information from Lilian Chandler’s books, the booklet produced by Joanne Dawson for the Chapel Centenary in 1985, photos supplied by Geoff Lobley and various census snippets. It was interesting to find out about the beginnings of Methodism in Dallowgill and how the community had worked conscientiously over the centuries to keep the Chapel thriving and to maintain the buildings, which is a constant job. So many families have been involved over the years as was evident from the lists of Trustees. Members of the present community were able to add information and names within living memory. The updated presentation should be up on the website soon.
  • Carol Metcalfe is transcribing old certificates for the archive and wonders if anyone has any that would be suitable to add. A lot of information can be gleaned from certificates like relationships, occupations, residences and reliable dates. Please let us know if you have any.
  • The Dallowgill Spring Walk is being organised for Saturday 20th April and it is proposed that a Heritage Exhibition be set up in the Chapel and schoolroom for the Saturday and Sunday. This could include information we have collected for the History Project so far together with any photos and artifacts that people may have. If you have anything we can borrow that you could bring up to the chapel on Friday 19th April and if you can help with manning the exhibition and serving refreshments please let us know.
  • A bit of exciting news is that Kev Cale, Archaeologist with www.communityarchaeology.co.uk/, has offered to do a walk to look at the historical landscape in Dallowgill, and Sally Childes at the Nidderdale AONB has kindly agreed to sponsor it for us. I have arranged this for Saturday 23rd March at 10am, more details to follow.
  • Since the last meeting, Phil Holden has updated the website at www.dallowgill.org.uk with Chris Floyd’s presentation about the Old Vicarage, Carol Metcalfe’s Bowes Timeline and various wills. Phil Lyth is working on some introductory text for the website home page to allow it to go live.
  • If anyone fancies having a go at writing an article that we could put onto the site please let us know! For example the census pages could do with a write up detailing the total numbers, what the main occupations were, etc. or you may have an interest in the botany or fauna of Dallowgill that you could share. Some memoirs would be good too!

Please can you remember your £2 each session. We are very fortunate to be able to use the Chapel Schoolroom and we need to pay our dues.

The Project sessions will be held at the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom on the second Sunday of the month after the 2pm Chapel Service. £2 per person will cover refreshments and Chapel costs. All are very welcome.

The next meeting will be on Sunday 10th March and if anyone has any ideas for a focus for the meeting please let me know.
Thanks Patrice