Saturday, February 16, 2019

NEXT MEETING - 22 FEBRUARY 2019


The next meeting of the group will be held 

in Sprotbrough Church Hall on

Friday 22 February at 2.30 pm

Anyone interested in participating or helping with this project would be very welcome to attend.

The Agenda will be along the lines of:

1.   Continue with interviews already started and begin new ones.

2.   Continue with writing our own reflections and anecdotes (the funnier the better) on the large sheets of paper.

3.   Using a large map showing houses, farms, etc, begin to put the names of those that lived here in the 1940s/50s to the places on the map.  This period was chosen as they are the names most likely to be remembered.  Anecdotes about these residents, to give them some life and make it more interesting, would also be welcome.

These activities will be continued at future meetings, but if anyone has any other ideas, please don't keep them to yourselves.

NB  Although we hoped to have future meetings, on the last Friday of each month, in The Stables, it is not always free on Fridays and so we may have to revert to the church hall from time to time, as on this occasion.

Looking forward to seeing you again.


Contacts:
Liz Reeve, Tel 01302 313030; Email: soh.lizreeve@gmail.com
Cynthia Ransom, Tel: 01302 728310;  Email: cynthiaransom@gmail.com



Monday, February 4, 2019

NEWSLETTER 5 – 4 FEBRUARY 2019



 Dear All

Thank you to all those hardy souls who turned up, despite the snow and cold, for our meeting on Friday last, 1 February - all 16 of you.  I did have a few apologies in advance as well, so thank you for that. 

I think you will agree that a good time was had by all and we made quite a bit of progress in getting our project started.  We had two hours of chatting and remembering amid laughter and amazement that some of the things that came out were even possible.  A few new people came along as well, which was great, some of whom had agreed to act as scribes.

You will note I have highlighted some bits in red below.  Pease take note of these and let me know if you are able to carry out what you thought you would like and be able to do when we first met.

The afternoon was spent by people filling in their memories or anecdotes on 20-odd sheets of paper which had been spread around the room.  Each sheet had a different topic heading to prompt people to remember different aspects of their lives.

A couple of interviews were begun with scribes doing the prompting and writing.  I was thrilled to receive the following day a very full, beautifully typed-up page and more, of an interview with Maurice Dent from Carol Rees, which is absolutely fantastic (and she told me she had nothing to offer us!).  She tells me she will continue his story next time we meet.

I have since spent a day and a half typing up all the comments from the sheets of paper so that their stories can be continued at future meetings or in individual interviews and these will be circulated to the individuals concerned for checking and adding to.  (NB Having got to the point of sending these out, I have discovered I only have emails for two people, so I think you will have to wait until the next meeting to receive them.  Sorry about that.)

We have a long list of people wanting to be interviewed and their memories will play a large part in the book that is produced at the end.  I hope those who offered to do interviews at our first meeting are still up for it as we will need you.  Do get in touch if you are still willing.

We agreed that we should meet monthly and this will take place on the last Friday of each month until April 2020 in The Stables (please note change of venue), by which time we hope we will have enough to information to make the book both interesting and informative.  Why not put these dates in your diary today so that you don’t forget.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in sharing or learning about the history of Sprotbrough Village from 1925 to 1965, so do feel free to come and meet other enthusiasts, as well as telling others about it. 

We appreciate that some of you might not be able to get to meetings as you now live too far away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t contribute.   I am copying in below the page of interview prompts which might get you started and you can then send them in to me.

Several people also signed up to do research, so if you were one of these, you can use the list of prompts to choose what might interest you.  Just let me know so that we don’t have more than one person doing the same topic and wasting time.

For information, the address for the SOH Blog, which provides all the news about this project, can be found as follows:

Or just by searching for Sprotbrough Oral History

Do look us up and follow our activities.

NEXT MEETING:  Friday 22 February 2019 at 2.30 pm in The Stables (next to the church hall).

Liz Reeve
4 February 2019


Contacts:
Liz Reeve, Tel 01302 313030; Email: soh.lizreeve@gmail.com
Cynthia Ransom, Tel: 01302 728310;  Email: cynthiaransom@gmail.com


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NOTE TO INTERVIEWERS
Before arriving for the interview, please start the tape with:
·        your own name,
·        the date of the interview
·        the names of those you are going to interview. 

On starting the interview, ask your interviewees to introduce themselves with:
·        their name,
·        date of birth (or decade born if they don’t want to)
·        when they arrived in the village
·        where they lived

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
These are just suggestions and should be thought out before arrival according to the age of the person being interviewed and when they arrived in the village.

Don’t impose your own lifestory into your interviewees memories. 
Prompt, Listen and Record.

·        Village facilities – what was it like? shops, pubs, clubs, post office
·        The War years: Home conditions – do you remember the war, what was it like for the family, warm/cold, lighting, water, sanitary arrangements, decorating
·        Schools attended – Village, Richmond Hill, Mexborough Grammar, Percy Jackson Grammar, Woodlands Secondary Modern, Other? - which attended, when left, classes sizes, conditions, segregation of sexes
·        Play time – games: marbles, two ball, tag, etc
·        Entertainment in your youth – dances, pictures, where
·        How did you meet your partner?
·        What family did you have? Were times hard?  Was they easy to bring up?
·        Activities in the home: rug-making, knitting, dress-making, preserving food, etc
·        Shopping – shops, eg groceries, milk - deliveries,
·        Food – at school or home, visiting others – special likes or dislikes
·        Clothing styles at different ages
·        Work – age started, type done, eg in service, office, industry, business
·        Friends known – boys, girls
·        People – characters, personalities, loved, feared
·        Death - funerals
·        Entertainment – Radio/TV, Dancing - other: where, what type
·        Sport  - 4 min mile, conquest of Everest, Cricket/Ashes 1952, St Ledger/Prince Honolulu, Wrestling,
·        Churches – baptism, marriage, funerals, Sunday School, whether regular attender
·        Music: church choir, concerts, dancing/styles/where?, big bands, rock and roll
·        Trips out – buses, railway
·        Footpaths
·        Weather memories
·        National and International events
·        Decimalisation
·        Man on the Moon
·        Photos of village or people to copy for display
·        Death of the King – Coronation of Queen – parties
·        Death of Churchill
·        Politics –parties, elections and budgets, did it interest you?
·        Radio & TV
·        Famous people in the village
·        Anything else of special interest?


Thursday, January 31, 2019

NEWSLETTER 4 - The Blog Address


I have been struggling for a long time now with my Website and Blog for the Sprotbrough Oral History group, but am hopeful that I might have just sorted it out.

I registered a website in April 2018, but have never been able to access it despite having paid the fee, so I have decided to give up on it and stick with the Blog which does work. 

Tonight, I discovered that in fact I had two Sprotbrough Oral History Blogs, accessible in different ways: one through the Don Gorge Community Group's Blog and another one through Sprotbrough Oral History.

So,  have spent some time transferring the contents from the DGCG, which I had been using, to the SOH one and hope this will now make life easier.  The name, therefore is:

 http://sprotbroughoralhistory.blogspot.com

You should, however, just be able to search for Sprotbrough Oral History and find it that way.

I hope you will keep in touch with it.  Thanks.







NOTICE OF MEETING ON 1 FEBRUARY 2019

Dear All

The poster for the next meeting on 1 February is below. I do hope you will all be able to come, when I think the focus will be on the result of Christmas Dinner discussions and the forming of groups to see who might be able to offer to do what.  For example, the types of subjects which need research.

Amanda, Cynthia and I will be having a meeting next Tuesday to set the agenda so I don’t want to pre-empt exactly what will happen, but I hope a bit more definite action will result in relation to the proposals set out last November.

I have a few names on my Contacts list who do not have emails.  I will try and contact them some other way, but I hope you will also contact anyone you know who you think would be interested.  You might even be able to print a copy off and pin up the poster somewhere.

I am hoping this meeting will be the real start of working towards our project and look forward to meeting you all again.

Liz

Tel: 01302 313030
Email: soh.lizreeve@gmail.com
Blog: http://www.sprotbroughoralhistory.org/2018/04/first-meeting-24-april-2018.html?spref=tw%20%E2%80%A6  

NOTES OF 30 NOVEMBER 2018 MEETING


Notes of meeting held on Friday 30 November 2018 at 2.30 pm at St Mary’s Church Hall.

What a super start to our project.  After the considerable amount of time and effort taken to fill in the HLF application and then being turned down, I must admit to feeling quietly downhearted, but tonight’s meeting was a fantastic boost and I have regained all the initial enthusiasm I had last April.  I must also give thanks to Cynthia for the support she has provided and the conviction that we could still do it on our own.  And so this meeting was arranged.

Sixteen people turned up, so with four or five apologies, I guess that was a good number to start with, and before the meeting ended two hours later, everyone was chatting and remembering and reminding each other of times, places and events from many years ago and willing us on.  Some people had to leave towards the end, but we had to finally break off the last few conversations when the key holder turned up to lock up.

I am attaching two documents here that were handed out at the meeting:

1.  The Programme for tonight’s meeting.  This sets out the plans we have and the stages the project will go through.

2.  This is a series of 30 ‘Conversation Starters’ which we hope everyone who attended and anyone else who would like to join us will use over the Christmas and New Year period to encourage their families to remember.  We hope they will tell stories, make notes or recordings (perhaps even on mobile phones if that is possible) and return on Friday 1 February with something that we can use in the writing of a book.

We would welcome anyone who knows anyone who lived worked or played in Sprotbrough between 1925 and 1965 to print these off and use them and then come to the next meeting.


CONTACTS:                        Liz Reeve                   Email: soh.lizreeve@gmail.com
                                    Cynthia Ransome      Email: cynthiaransome@gmail.com

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Document 1 - PROGRAMME

SOH Meeting – Friday 30 November 2018 at 2.30 pm in St Mary’s Church Hall


1.         WELCOME & INTRODUCTION


2.         WHERE ARE WE AT?

·         Failed HLF bid
·         We want to carry on and capture memories of older people whilst we can
·         The Question is, do you want to help us to do this?
·         If so, are you willing to help and in what way?
·         Go over the following


3.         WHAT MIGHT BE INVOLVED?  TWO AIMS

            1.         To write a book
            2.         To create a plan of the village at different stages between 1925 and 1965


4.         THE BOOK

·         What research might be needed
·         What material is already available, eg 1967 histories done by WEA, magazine articles, personal reflections: ie References that can be listed for further study
·         What would we want to put in it
o   Back story – how the village developed before 1925
o   Oral history – interviews with residents to get a rounded story
o   How the village developed after the Estate was sold in 1925
o   1930s, 40s and 50s – changing work and lifestyle patterns
o   1960s – increased development and new housing estates
o   How newcomers were received
·         Publication – costings, grants, crowd-funding, ebook?


5.         A PLAN OF THE VILLAGE

·         To identify:
o   1924 – Original homes, farms and families living in the village in 1925 and Sale of Estate
o   1930s –  Demolition of the Hall and new properties being built in its grounds, etc
o   1965 – Addition of new estates

·         Considerations:
o   Design and size
o   Production
o   Ease of availability for show purposes
o   Storage
o   Computerised possibilities

6.         HOW TO PROCEED


Stage 1 – Starting today

·         Small-group session with leaders/scribes to record discussions/reactions to above

·         Circulation of Conversation Starters for discussion in families over Christmas and New Year

·         Make notes/recordings if you have the means

·         Suggest interviewees for different generations


Stage 2 – Report Back

·         Next meeting: Friday 1 February 2019 at 2.30 pm, same venue

·         Group sessions with leaders to record information/ideas gathered from families


Stage 3 – Personal Interviews and ongoing work

·         Session for Interviewers to establish best practice

·         Start interviews and made CDs of same.  (Anyone with interviewing experience could start asap, as the sooner the older generation are interviewed the better.)

·         Meet on a monthly(?) basis to catch up/report back/ discuss/ ask for suggestions/etc


7.         COMPLETION

The writing of the book and the making of the plan should start as soon as appropriate. 
A launch party may be a possibility


8.         IF TIME AND SUFFICIENT AUDIENCE, DISCUSSION IN GROUPS RE THE
            ABOVE WITH A SCRIBE TO RECORD RESPONSES AND REPORT BACK


9.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING – FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2019 AT 2.30 PM


10.       Close of meeting

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Document 2 – CONVERSATION STARTERS

SPROTBROUGH ORAL HISTORY 1925-1965

Name: ………………………..........................................................................................................

Contact details:……………………………………………………………………………………

Names and ages of those you are going to chat with:……………………………………….......

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

CONVERSATION STARTERS
These are just suggestions to bring back memories and prompt you and your family and friends to start talking informally about your/their lives in Sprotbrough Village between 1925 and 1965.  Please jot down anything really interesting that can be picked up on for future reference.  Perhaps this can be done whilst sitting around together over Christmas.

1.      Village facilities – what was it like? shops, pubs, clubs, post office
2.      The War years: Home conditions – do you remember the war, what was it like for the family, warm/cold, lighting, water, sanitary arrangements, decorating
3.      Schools attended – Village, Richmond Hill, Mexborough Grammar, Percy Jackson Grammar, Woodlands Secondary Modern, Other? - which attended, when left, classes sizes, conditions, segregation of sexes
4.      Play time – games: marbles, two ball, tag, etc
5.      Entertainment in your youth – dances, pictures, where
6.      How did you meet your partner?
7.      What family did you have? Were times hard?  Were children easy or hard to bring up?
8.      Shopping – shops, eg groceries, milk – deliveries
9.      Food – at school or home, visiting others – special likes or dislikes
10.  Clothing styles at different ages
11.  Work – age started, type done, eg in service, office, industry, business
12.  Friends known – boys, girls
13.  People – characters, personalities, loved, feared
14.  Death – funerals
15.  Entertainment – Radio/TV, Dancing - other: where, what type
16.  Sport  - 4 min mile, conquest of Everest, Cricket/Ashes 1952, St Ledger/Prince Honolulu, Wrestling
17.  Churches – baptism, marriage, funerals, Sunday School, whether regular attender
18.  Music: church choir, concerts, dancing/styles/where?, big bands, rock and roll
19.  Trips out – buses, railway
20.  Footpaths
21.  Weather memories, heatwaves, storms
22.  National and International events
23.  Decimalisation
24.  Man on the Moon
25.  Death of the King – Coronation of Queen – parties
26.  Death of Churchill
27.  Politics –parties, elections and budgets, did it interest you?
28.  Have you any photos of the village or villagers to copy for display
29.  Anything else of special interest?
30.  Anything else of special interest?

NOTICE OF MEETING ON 30 NOVEMBER 2018





Please come along to discuss the future of this group and see how you can help to promote it and make it happen.  Despite an initial setback, we still feel it can and must be done before it is too late.  Many of the people who can personally recall this period are getting older and it would be a shame to miss out on their unique memories.  But we can't do it without the people of Sprotbrough giving a helping hand and we hope sufficient people, older residents and new, will be interested enough to join us.  So please come along or, if it's not a good day for you, let us know by contacting Liz Reeve or Cllr Cynthia Ransome.

Liz: Tel: 01302 313030 or Email soh.lizreeve@gmail.com
Cynthia: Tel: 01302 728310 or Email: cynthiaransome@gmail.com





















NEWSLETTER 3



We are sorry to have to tell you that, despite our best efforts, the Heritage Lottery Fund turned down our application.  


In some way this is bad news as it means we have no special funding, but we don't think it need be as we, as organisers, are still interested in carrying on and feel it is an important and worthwhile piece of work to do.  We also feel that we can still do much of the work without funding if all of you share our feelings and are willing to participate.  To gauge your feelings, we have booked Sprotbrough Church Hall again for 

Friday 30 November, from 2.30 - 4.30 pm.  

We hope this is a suitable date and time for everyone to come along and air their views and see how or whether as a group we can take this project further.

Unfortunately there are a few people who came to the meeting who do not have an email address and did not leave their phone number.  If you know of anyone in this position or anyone else who you think might be interested in coming, we would be grateful if you could pass this information on.

If you could give us some idea of whether you can attend or not, that would also be very helpful.

Many thanks.

Liz Reeve
Rev'd Amanda Barraclough
Cllr Cynthia Ransome








NEXT MEETING - 22 FEBRUARY 2019

The next meeting of the group will be held  in Sprotbrough Church Hall on Friday 22 February at 2.30 pm Anyone interested in p...