Meetings programme

All meetings are held in Brimington Community Centre, High Street, Brimington, S43 1DB (next to the Co-Op) and start at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm) unless otherwise stated. Admission: Members £1, Visitors £3.

Thursday, 24th January 2019: Markham & Co - From Blacksmiths to Channel Tunnel Borers  – Peter Hawkins

Peter worked for Markham's for nearly 40 years and has gathered much information about the company's 160 year history. This talk will be an overview of the story from  1836 when John Oliver acquired a blacksmith's business in Chesterfield. Later becoming Oliver & Co it was bought  by Charles Paxton Markham in 1889. It was famous for making water turbines and tunnel boring machines which were supplied all over the world as well as making  many other products. Sadly it closed in Chesterfield in 1998.

Thursday, 28th February 2019: My Famous and Infamous Ancestors  – David Wheatcroft

One was a Poet and “The old Poets Corner” pub at Ashover is named after him and the second was the last man to be Judicially hung and beheaded by an axe in England.

Thursday, 28th March 2019: Brimington Hall - Philip Cousins

This fine Jacobean house stood in the centre of Brimington on the green area at thejunction of Manor Road with the aptly named Hall Road. It was mostly demolished in the 1920s. This illustrated talk will explore the history of the building and some of the people who lived there including the Foljambe, Heywood, Coke and Markham families. Why was it demolished and could it have been saved?

Thursday, 25th April 2019: Finding Stefan – Hazel Hartstone

An illustrated presentation about a miner from Shuttlewood who was captured at Dunkirk, escaped from a concentration camp and was taken care of by two Polish Families until Poland was liberated in 1945. He survived for three years by acting as a dumb mute. His daughter Hazel Hartstone recorded his life story and wrote a book called Finding Stefan.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019: Chesterfield Museum (History and what we do) – Charlotte Mitchell

Learn about the history of the Stephenson Memorial Hall which houses the museum. Find out what is a museum, what we do and how we care for the collection of objects which are used to tell the history of Chesterfield and its people. Follow an object on its journey into our collection.

Thursday, 27th June 2019: OUTSIDE VISIT - Chesterfield Museum - ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’

Meet at the Museum at 7:00pm. NOTE: This visit will be limited to 20 people. There are also two large flights of stairs to the stores. We will be taking bookings at our April and May meetings. Preference will be given to members of the group.

July and  August: SUMMER BREAK - no meetings.

New Programme commences on Thursday, 26th September 2019 with Through Kirton Tunnel – A Railway Journey from Sheffield to Cleethorpes – Part 1 - Stephen Gay


This slide showpresentation is based on Stephen' s 2004 published book entitled Through Kirton Tunnel - A Railway Journey from Sheffield to Cleethorpes. Starting at  the abandoned Victoria station in Sheffield, this 72 mile pictorial journey heads through  Darnall, Woodhouse and Kiveton Park. Into Nottinghamshire we soon pass through Worksop and Retford and then it's over the River Trent into Lincolnshire. The town of Gainsborough is passed then the evening will terminate just before we enter Kirton Tunnel.

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