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Transferring Operations to Our New Web site

Posted by Paul Jameson on April 17, 2018 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear All,



We recently commissioned a new (replacement) website.

Our new site is :


www.battleofhatfieldsociety.co.uk


This was because our current (free) website does not enjoy the same flexibilities as a (modestly) paid for one.


For example, we couldn’t add any new tabs and we were experiencing caching issues …..

I’m delighted to announce that our new web site is now fully functional and will be utilised from today.

Hence we will no longer be posting to our old web site (www.battleofhatfield.webs.com) and are looking to de-commission this shortly.


We have also taken the opportunity to re-think the, “look and feel” of our new site.


We welcome your comments !


We have also transferred those still relevant data elements (blog posts, articles etc..) from the old site to the new one.


At the top of the screen you will see that we have a tab called “Projects” and under that are 2 HLF (Heritage Lottery) sub tabs :


1/ “HLF Project 2018” … where you will soon see the LATEST timetable of events, it wil be posted by Friday 27th April.


The events are due to take place very shortly … we expect our “Kick Off - Setting The Scene” to take place on Saturday 12th May at Cuckney Village Hall.


HOWEVER … PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE TIMETABLE AS EVENTS MAY HAVE TO BE RE-SCHEDULED)


2/ “HLF Project 2015” … where you can still enjoy Bob Needham’s photo collection of Welbeck and Cuckney and our book from 2016, “Does the Heritage of the Welbeck Estates include a king killed at Cuckney ?”



Please remember - our new site is :

www.battleofhatfieldsociety.co.uk


Please try it now !


Regards,

 

From All The Team

 

New Heritage Lottery Funding secured - Meeting next Friday 23rd March

Posted by Paul Jameson on March 16, 2018 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear Supporters,


With regard to our Meeting next Friday 23rd March (Cuckney Village Hall @ 7:30pm).

We are experiencing difficulties in loading our meeting Flyer to the bottom of the previous post.

Can you please use the link below which will take you to a display of the flyer on our Facebook page instead.


We appreciate this is not the ideal forum but crave your indulgence on this occasion.


Thanks,

 

From All The Team


https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1743837672321962&id=797301700308902




New Heritage Lottery Funding secured - Meeting next Friday 23rd March

Posted by Paul Jameson on March 16, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear Supporters,


With regard to our Meeting next Friday 23rd March (Cuckney Village Hall @ 7:30pm).

We are experiencing difficulties in loading our meeting Flyer to the bottom of the previous post.

Can you please use the link below which will take you to a display of the flyer on our Facebook page instead.


We appreciate this is not the ideal forum but crave your indulgence on this occasion.


Thanks,


From All The Team


https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1743837672321962&id=797301700308902




New Heritage Lottery Funding Secured for 54,000 Project "Kick Off" meeting - Friday 23rd March 2018 @ 7:30pm

Posted by [email protected] on March 12, 2018 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Supporters,

With great pleasure we announce further Heritage Lottery funding of £54,000 in addition to £4,000 from SOLARCENTURY (Hazel Gap Community Fund).

Events will take place this year (scheduled for April to September).

Please come along to Cuckney Village Hall at 7:30pm on Friday 23rd March to hear all the details and see how you can get involved.

Over 200 people (137 schoolchildren + 85 Adults) have already expressed an interest, which is great news !

Free Admission.

Please see the poster details below.

Regards,

From All The Team



Meeting With Rupert Matthews (MEP, East Midlands) at Cuckney - Saturday 27th January

Posted by Paul Jameson on January 12, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear All,


The Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society are delighted to announce a meeting with Rupert Matthews (MEP, East Mids.) - at St. Mary's, Cuckney – at 10am on Saturday 27th January.

Rupert has also worked as a freelance writer and journalist and has written over 170 books – including some on history, ghosts, cryptozoology, UFOs, paranormal activity.

He has recently been in contact and is keen to learn more about our history and aims.

We are glad that he is showing such a keen interest and hope that his influence can further our cause re. Faculty Award and funding.


… On Sat. 27th January

We have arranged to gather at Cuckney Village Hall (FREE) Car Park at 10am.

The address is :

Norton Lane, Norton Cuckney, Mansfield NG20 9NQ


We would intend to “repair” (via walking) to the nearby Greendale Oak (public house) at noon for a final discussion & catch up (although I cannot guarantee that Rupert Matthews will be able to stay for that).

Hence I will book a room for us all if there is enough demand.


Therefore, if you would like to go to the Greendale at noon, can you please let me know by 4pm on Friday 19th January

via email to :

[email protected]

or via a text to 07894 297206


Regards,


From All The Team

Faculty Progress Update

Posted by Paul Jameson on November 27, 2017 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear Supporters,



Progress Towards Our Faculty Goal

Post our A.G.M. of the 10th November, we thought it would be appropriate to let you know about our Faculty award progress.



Funding Progress .. Update

A major private company has been asked for £150,000 thanks to one of our supporters who has connections.

This is mainly for Battle of Hatfield related activities at St. Mary’s, Cuckney (£125k) but also for further work at St. Edwin’s Chapel, Edwinstowe (£25k).

Although the original decision was due at the end of September, we still await an answer.

We really hope to have a Yes / No by Christmas.



Faculty Request … Update

It was great news when the P.C.C. (Parochial Church Council at St. Mary’s,Cuckney) backed an excavation and formally submitted a Faculty Request to the Diocese on the 17th September.

This was supporting excavation of our “Preference 1” (the large pit (by area) in the Eastern Central area of St. Mary’s.

The Diocese then requested crucial supplementary documents relating to proposed working methods.

BOHIS are required to provide :

“A clear project strategy. I would, at the very least, expect to see a properly constructed ‘Written Scheme of Investigation’ (WSI), which Historic England, if consulted, would also require before commenting further. We need a professional specification, site plan, contractor details, supervisory roles, timetable, methodology, sampling strategy, post-excavation scheme including analysis, and deposition statement.”

So in late October we commercially engaged Malin Holst & Tim Sutherland (from York University) to provide the supplementary documents as Jo. Buckberry’s calendar did not allow for her participation.



Initial Advice from Malin Holst

Initially excavate 1 (2 by 2m) test pit (a quarter of the area of Preference 1)

Briefly examine all the bones & pick 2 having trauma damage & send those for analysis

If no trauma damage, then to send 2 bones off anyway for dating

Malin & Tim cannot provide the supplementary information for either of the Diocesan meetings left in 2017 (November 13th & 11th December).

BOHIS have asked them to provide this by Jan. 5th 2018 in order to be assessed by the Diocese on Monday 15th Jan. 2018.



Further Issues

Malin Holst has also indicated that before she commences work upon the supplementary information that she would like the Diocese to comment upon the likelihood of a Faculty being issued. BOHIS do not really agree with this approach as we believe that a formal faculty approach is the best way of judging all of the evidence together and reaching the best, informed conclusion.

However, BOHIS sent a request to the Diocese on Monday 20th November, asking the question.



An Article That May Help us Gain the Faculty

Thanks to his relative Mrs Joyce Tinker, we recently became aware of an article by Philip Ward, one of the workmen employed at St. Mary’s in 1950/1.

This was originally published in the Welbeck Newsletter (Summer 1999).

We hope to provide this and a general letter detailing all of the evidence that might lead us to conclude that the Cuckney area does represent the site of the battle and that an excavation is likely provide compelling evidence – as an addendum to the Supplementary Information.

Part of that persuasion will be ethical considerations.

We believe that the article shows a lack of care regarding the reburial of a ‘Titled Lady’ in the same 1950/1 operations and displays other attitudes that might lead one to believe that the 200 or so skeletons discovered would have been treated in the same manner, necessitating a final reburial with dignity after excavation.




Regards,

From All The Team




REMINDER : Meeting & A.G.M. this Friday 10th November

Posted by Paul Jameson on November 8, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear Supporters,


Just a reminder that our next meeting (and A.G.M.) is this Friday 10th November.

The venue is Cuckney Village Hall (car parking and meeting entry is free)

Meeting time is 7:30pm

For full Agenda please see post below.


Regards,

Paul Jameson

Progress Update

Posted by Paul Jameson on July 11, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear All,


As told to our meeting on May 19th, having received initial support from the PCC on Feb . 21st for an application for a Faculty to the Diocese for a 1 pit analysis, we were then dismayed in March to be turned down for HLF funding re. invasive skeletal examinations at St. Mary’s, Cuckney.

However, we promised (and were encouraged by the HLF) to submit another bid to the HLF by 21st June but this has now slipped to 21st August but is guaranteed to happen by then !

It will be for c. £60,000.

The components of this will be :-


• Cuckney Castle (invasive work – trial trenches)

• Norton & Carburton POW Camps – including on site work

• Selected fields on the other side of the River Poulter


Supported by :

• Terrain analysis

• LIDAR


As a necessary prelude to the new bid, having had our initial Project Enquiry (1,000 word web form) accepted, Jennie & I are attending an HLF “Small Grants Workshop” on Friday 14th July.

This will then immediately enable us to start filling in the 6,000 word “Our Heritage” Grant form.

We should then find out in about 6 weeks (early October) whether this has been successful.

Due to the planning that will then need to take place (competitive tendering etc..) & with winter approaching it may be Mar 18 before this work takes place.

It’s worth reflecting that the LIDAR will be a useful tool in pinpointing elements that could also have ramifications for the Battle of Hatfield related topics.


In parallel, we have submitted a professional private funding bid for £150,000 to a local company, who have already reviewed this.

It has not been turned down.

However, they will not be in a position to give a definitive answer until approximately the end of August 2017.

This would be to cover invasive work (ie. digging) at St. Mary’s re. skeletons that may be from the Battle of Hatfield (if we have been awarded the faculty).

It is also for invasive work at St. Edwin’s Chapel (that may have been the temporary resting place of Edwin’s (headless) body from c. 632AD to a max. of c. 715 AD).

It would be marvellous if this was in the affirmative and we hope it would enable the PCC Faculty Request to be made soon afterwards.


Your suggestions are also very welcome.

Regards,

Paul Jameson

Meeting REMINDER and airing of our interview with Mansfield Radio 103.2 FM

Posted by Paul Jameson on May 17, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear All,


You may remember that we had an interview with Mansfield Radio 103.2 FM at the Greendale Oak (attended by 9 supporters / contributors) on the 30th January.


It has now been confirmed by Craig Priest, PRODUCER - MANSFIELD 103.2 that :

“Providing nothing big happens nationally to change plans - the show will air on Thursday 25th May 6 - 7 PM”


Also, I'd like to remind you that we have a meeting at 7:30pm this Friday (19th) at Cuckney Village Hall (free admission).


Please come along and support the project.


Regards,

From All The Team




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