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We will have guided tours of Dunkirk Mill and Gigg Mill in Stroud on Saturday 21st September – and if enough people are interested we could organise a table for lunch at the Eqypt Mill Restaurant. Contact “Events” for details…
Wed 7th August 1.30 pm
Castle staff suggest we assemble at 1.30pm by the gates from the car park to the Walled Garden where we can count heads before going to the ticket office. Once inside, our guide will meet us by the Guides’ Lodge.
If you arrive early, the Yurt Restaurant will be open for tea / coffee / lunch. And we will go to the Yurt later for afternoon tea, after the tour and David Smith’s talk.
Any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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On 14th February 1924 (in G.A. Ref: D37/1/510) Maynard Ciolchester Wemyss wrote to the King of Siam:
It is curious how customs and habits change. Today is Valentine’s Day and when I was young & in fact for some time afterwards, it was widely recognised as the chief day in the year for the love-lorn youths and maidens to exchange tokens of their affection. I believe the custom began with verses always supposed to be the production of the sender. I believe these date back for a great number of years. I think Pepys refers to them & very likely he was author of many amatory verses. Then I believe came the time when the love-lorn swain was himself the Valentine to be accepted as such or rejected by the lady of his choice though I don’t think her acceptance implied necessarily anything but a very temporary arrangement. Then much later on came the Penny Post and with it the printed and illustrated Valentine no longer the prided product of the sender and though the swain was only, at first, supposed to send one, the maiden might rake in as many as she could get, and regarded them as sort of trophies, somewhat in the light that an Indian warrior regarded the scalps of his enemies. Now-a-days one never hears of such a thing as a Valentine and very few people indeed realize or remember that 14th February has any special history attaching to it. I never could make out how or why the custom came to be associated with St. Valentine. I believe he was a nameless and blameless individual who came to a tragic end. How different is the position and life of a young girl now to what her grandmother’s was in the days when she received tributes of Valentines and perhaps very demurely admitted their receipt. I am conservative enough to feel a little regret when such an innocent and humble little custom as this passes into oblivion. It is one of the vanishing links with the past and I always regret it when these links are broken.
FoGA Social: Buffet and Quiz.
Friday 8th March, 7 for 7.30pm – in the Frith Rooms.
Liz Jack alerted me to this blog. Yesterday I was transcribing the Lloyd George 1909 Survey field books for Cainscross and came across a building that was formerly used as a Turkish Bath. Does anyone know if there has been any research on Turkish Baths in Gloucestershire?
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Our next event: a talk by Karen Cooke – 7th February, 2pm, Frith Centre.
Karen, archivist at Gloucestershire Archives, will talk about her trip to Germany in August 2009 to help salvage the city archives of Cologne, after the building holding htem, collapsed in March of that year
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I was looking through the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic today for the year of 1936 and came across a picture of a groom, his bride and her 100 year old bridesmaid!! Can anyone beat that?
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