What we get up to .....
We are a friendly group of people, mainly from Tharston but some from neighbouring villages, who meet bi-monthly on the last Wednesday of the month (January, March, May, July, September and November), currently at Picton Farm Meeting Room, when we either have a visiting speaker, one of our members speaks or we have a "bring it to the meeting" session. Normally we start at 7.15 p.m. with refreshments for a 7.30 p.m. meeting start. See the next section below for details of out next meeting.
Some of our members have projects they are working on and they usually update the meetings on how they are proceeding, as well as asking for help.
If you have any ideas about future meeting topics or would be prepared to talk on a topic you have an interest in, please Contact us.
Our next meeting
The next open meeting is on 29th November 2017 at Picton Farm Meeting Room, refreshments from 7.15 p.m. with the main meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that we will be visited by Jill Wright who with her talk 'Helping
to Make History'
will give an insight into her research into the history of Mulbarton, and subsequent websites and book and show what it is possible for local people to achieve. We hope to have a good attendance for what will be a good evening.
Anyone interested in Tharston and the surrounding area is most welcome. Entrance is free but there is a retiring collection to help defray expenses. If you are interested and will be joining us please Contact us so we have some idea of numbers.
Our last meeting
last open meeting on 27th September 2017
, was a general meeting with updates on some of our projects and we were shown some of the information gathered over many years by Robert Maidstone on the village of Wacton. His volumn of gathered documents, range of booklets, and his impressive memory of details and events was outstanding. Comment after the meeting, "I found Robert's
contribution last evening interesting to me personally, as I knew most of the
20th C. people mentioned. I was brought into contact with Wacton quite early
on, as Mother did several stints of relief Teaching there during the war." Unfortunately this was not well attended - what a shame as the content was most illuminating.
Following a request from members at one of our meetings we are undertaking a project on collecting reminiscences about Tharston and the surrounding area. These could be anything from what it was like at school, the village fete, activities as a youngster or anything that is relevant to Tharston and the local area.
If you would like to help please download our questionaire, complete it as many times as you like and return to us. If you can email them to us then do so at email@example.com or make Contact and we'll make the necessary arrantgements.
The One Hour Challenge
Do you have ancestors who lived in Tharston or a nearby village around 1900? If so, members of the THS would like to take on the challenge of finding out as much as we can about a line of your family in one hour. This has been tried by other societies and has proved to be most informative and enjoyable for all concerned. Many families have used this as a springboard to undertake more detailed research of their own.
Should we undertake this, the results of our findings will be presented at one of our meetings and a copy given to the family. Please note that nothing will be presented at any meeting which is remotely contentious or embarrassing without the express permission of the family. Contact us if you would like us to undertake this.
Exercise the "little grey cells"
As a society, one of our aims is to provide information that will hopefully be educational. We are looking into ways in which we can make this site more interactive and get users to participate in activities that will be fun and hopefully stimulate interest in Tharston and its history.
The first of these is a general Tharston quiz (MS Word, PDF)
where the answers (MS Word, PDF)
to all questions can be found within the website pages. Try the quiz before looking at the answers - don't spoil the fun by cheating!
Other Tharston quizzes available:
- Census Returns (MS Word, PDF), with answers (MS Word, PDF )
- Parish Records (MS Word, PDF), with answers (MS Word, PDF)
There are also two wordsearch puzzles:
- 1881 most common surnames (MS Word, PDF) with answers (MS Word, PDF)
- Tharston road, place and house names (MS Word, PDF) with answers (MS Word, PDF)
If anyone has any ideas or would like to compile a quiz, puzzle or help to produce educational materials please make Contact.