LOCAL HISTORY GROUP
We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 10am at members’ houses or places of special interest
Next Meeting: Tuesday 10 March A trip to Bassetlaw Museum, 40 Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD, Nottinghamshire. Meet at the museum at 10.30 pm. Park in the Chapelgate car park (DN22 6PL), there is a walkway through to Grove Street. 400 years ago the Mayflower set sail for the New World. William Brewster led the voyage. He was brought up in Scrooby, Notts. When he was about 20 he started worshipping at Babworth Church, just outside Retford, attracted by the preaching of Richard Clyfton. He would walk the 8 miles from Scrooby to Babworth, and back, each Sunday. He took others with him, including a young lad, William Bradford, from Austerfield, (next to Scrooby in Yorkshire). Richard Clyfton’s radical preaching was too much for the Church of England, who expelled him, and he set up a clandestine church in William Brewster’s house in Scrooby in 1606. The Scrooby congregation, as early Baptists, were persecuted, left for Holland, but later returned to England to form the core of the Pilgrim Fathers. William Brewster was the church leader, William Bradford became the governor and diarist who recorded their life and trials in the New World, including the supper with local Indians which is the origin of the American Thanksgiving celebration. Basseltlaw museum has a new display on the Pilgrim Fathers. We may also visit the Mayflower Pilgrim Centre, a private museum (charge £2.50) in Retford, and we can call at Babworth Church on the way home.
Following Meeting: Tuesday 14 April. A trip to the William Booth Birthplace Museum, Notintone Place, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4QG. William founded the Salvation Army, which has 1.5 million members and provides accommodation for 2.8 million homeless people worldwide. There is no charge, but they do request donations. 10.15am-10.30am arrival (meet at Museum). 10.30am visit St Stephen’s Church, where William was baptised (the warden is opening it for us, and there will be a donation plate). 11am refreshments at the museum/community centre (adjacent to museum) and short film about William Booth and The Salvation Army. 11.45am museum visit (approximately 35 minutes, but people can go at their own pace). 12.20pm finish (approximately). Contact Graham for a car lift. We can park in the staff car park: If travelling up Sneinton Road from Nottingham city centre, access the staff car park by turning left onto Windmill Lane, then left on to Harold Street, turn immediately left through the metal gate in the red brick wall fence that surrounds the car park and wider Salvation Army complex of buildings. Park in any free space. There is a blue door that leads from the car park into the community centre, walk down a long hallway and out the door into the museum courtyard.
In February we visited the National Civil War Centre in Newark. This has some excellent exhibits, interactive displays (including virtual cannon firing and Civil War snakes and ladders), and film shows. There was also a World Turned Upside-down exhibition, and one on Fake News with some real and fake exhibits (did toothworms exist?). As a bonus there is also a Newark Town museum, with a great film made in 1942 to introduce G.I.s to English country towns, and a stunning gold torque. All this led to gold-plated talk in their excellent café.
If you are interested in joining the Group or would like to find out more about it, please get in touch with the Group Co-ordinator through the CONTACT page on this website.
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