Meetings 2013

Meeting: 8th December 2013 in Dallowgill Chapel Schoolroom – 8 attended, despite the weather.

• Some watched a DVD produced by John Richmond showing scenes from Dallowgill from 1992 including farming processes, lots of snow, interviews with residents and of course, the Dallowgill Carol Service.
• Carol, Geoff and Vera reminisced about the Dallowgill Carol Singers and Patrice took copious notes, with a view to documenting this tradition.
• Carol brought a recipe for a Yule Loaf that her grandmother used to make.
• Peter took the 1911 census to transcribe into Excel and Sheila took the 1901 census to check through.

Dallowgill Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday 22nd December. ALL WELCOME

Saturday 20th April, The Dallowgill Spring Walk

The Dallowgill Spring Walk was on Saturday 20th April and a Heritage Exhibition was set up in the Chapel the Saturday and Sunday. About 50 people enjoyed the walks organised by Rachel Mountain and her helpers and then were able to look at the artefacts, books and displays on local history. Many thanks everyone who brought things, helped with the exhibition and came to see it.

Meeting: 14th April 2013, a walk with archaeologist Kev Cale. 10 attended.
[See :Dallowgill - A Walk Through History with Kev Cale.pdf]

• 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.
• We now have census records on the website from 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881. 1891 and 1901 are in the pipeline!
• On 18th May, Sheila Douglas and her sister Brenda Elwell are having an exhibition of old school photos from Kirkby Malzeard and Dallowgill: We would like any old group photos and also the names of people on them if possible. The exhibition that Brenda and I are doing is to get people to identify old school-mates. So many photos are around, but sadly without the date it was taken or the names of the people in them. It’s much more interesting to know who you are looking at! You could use my email address for contact. It would be good if people could scan and send them, or if this is not possible, maybe they could bring them to a DDHP monthly meeting, then I could photograph them. Or just bring them to Kirkby School on the 18th May. (I know that photos are treasured.) Many thanks, Sheila shekat07@yahoo.co.uk

Meeting: 10th March 2013 in Dallowgill Chapel Schoolroom. 13 attended despite terrible weather (again!).

• Carol Metcalfe distributed short extracts from old handwritten documents for us to try and decipher the dates. It was very interesting to learn that dates are not always what they seem, as Carol explained. In England, before 1752, the New Year started on 25 March, so for example the day after 24 March 1749 was 25 March 1750 and the day after 31 December 1750 was 1 January 1750. The dates were also 11 days behind in this ‘Julian’ calendar system. To change from that Julian calendar system to the one now used, the year 1751 was a short year of 282 days, running from 25 March to 31 December. 1752 began on 1 January in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. To align the new calendar in use in England to that in use on the continent, the calendar was also advanced by 11 days: Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752. The year 1752 was thus a short year (355 days) as well. Some of the different styles of writing certain letters kept us guessing too! Many thanks to Carol for this.
• 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 a Heritage Exhibition will 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 artefacts that people may have. If you have anything we can borrow please could you bring it up to the chapel on the evening of Friday 19th April.
• The history walk with Kev Cale, Archaeologist with www.communityarchaeology.co.uk/, sponsored by the Nidderdale AONB is on Saturday 23rd March, starting from the Chapel at 10am. A good number of people have said they can come which is great, but if you know anyone else who might be interested, please let them know. We will be walking down to Bents then along the bridle way to Potter Lane, over to Lamb Close, then back up on to the moor above Tom Corner, Hawsett and on to the Chapel for refreshments. Let’s hope the weather isn’t too bad!
• Danny has finished transcribing the 1851 census so that should be up on the website soon, together with the Chapel presentation and a new introductory home page.

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 artefacts 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.

Meeting: 13th January 2013 in Dallowgill Chapel Schoolroom. 12 attended but more apologies!

• Chris Floyd did a very interesting presentation on the Vicarage with the evidence he had managed to assemble to date. This included photos to show how the property had been added to over the years, maps showing the land attached to the property with field names, a time line of residents and some interesting stories about the vicars who served the community, how the stained glass windows came to be in the church and a “son” of Dallowgill who ended up rising to great political heights in Canada. Many thanks to him, and to Liz for coping with his enthusiasm for the project!
• Patrice said that Carol Metcalfe had offered to hold a session about reading and deciphering old documents. People thought this would be interesting and would need to have a look for anything they could bring along. Sometime in the future?
• Patrice reported that she had given herself a New Year’s present by subscribing to Ancestry.co.uk in order to collect original census documents which could be printed off for the files. This should make working out which property is which easier, especially where no property name is given.
• Since the meeting, Phil Holden has updated the website at www.dallowgill.org.uk so that census records for 1841, 1871 and 1881 are now available, together with list of gravestones in St Peter’s churchyard.