Archive for March, 2011

Community dig at Besthorpe run by Nottinghamshire County Council's ArchaeologistsWe will be returning to Mons Pool in Besthorpe Quarry near Collingham for another exciting season of excavation this year.

 The open days and community dig will happen over for two weeks from the 8 to 19 August 2011.

They will be run by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Archaeologists. Each day they can take up to 20 people, who will join with the community archaeologists, professionals from the University of Salford’s Archaeology Unit, and volunteers from community groups in Manchester. 

There will be activities during the fortnight about the local heritage of the area including tours of the new nature reserve on the surrounding lakes, pottery training sessions and experimental archaeology. A full programme will be developed in the coming weeks.

Open Day

There will be an open day before the excavation on Saturday 23 July which will also be part of the Festival of British Archaeology.  There will be site tours and a finds display. If you have ideas for other things that would be appropriate to put on for the open day, get in touch.

For more information please contact Emily Gillott, Community Archaeologist, emily.gillott@nottscc.gov.uk


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Dave Ackrel at Nottinghamshire Archives showing us the documents in the Conservation UnitTrent Vale has several history and heritage groups actively researching fascinating information, stories and images about their local area. As well as interpreting this information through local guides, books, calendars and talks and heritage walks, the documents and photographs they are finding are creating lots of small but valuable archive collections around the Trent Vale.

In order to promote best practice and to provide advice and support, Trent Vale organised a day’s training at the Nottinghamshire Archives on 19 March. Seventeen people came along and enjoyed the day (and the lunch!). It is hoped the training will encourage groups store their archives in the best way possible to ensure they survive for many years to come, as well as encouraging groups to visit and use the Archives to learn more about their local history.

The course included preservation, handling and storage of documents, materials that can be sourced for research, a tour and a session on digital archives. The day was particularly useful for networking, and groups expressed the need to set up a networking group where they can communicate with each other on email. Here at the Trent Vale team our next step is to create the Trent Vale Heritage Network email group, so if you are interested in being added to the list please let us know!

We are hoping to run further similar days at the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Archives for all those who could not attend.

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Jackie Brown, from West Lindsey Health Walks, organises walks 3 times a week many of which are in Trent Vale. These short 2-4 mile walks are specifically designed for people who want to slowly increase their mobility after an operation, get out and about and get fit. Jackie and her team of volunteer walk leaders have over 7 years’ experience of walking all over our area and has up to 60 different walks. Last Friday the group walked around Knaith and was attended by 27 people with a pub stop at the end.  Anyone wishing to join the walks can just turn up or contact Jackie on 01427 675138, 07778 622925.

Healthy short walk around KnaithNext walks in Trent Vale are:
Wed 6 April 1.30pm at Blyton
Meet at slip road at bottom of Blyton Hill opposite Wharton Farm Park. This is a moderate walk of 2 miles. 

Friday 8 April 1.30pm at Morton, Mill Lane.
Meet at Richmond Park. This is an easy walk of 3 miles. 

Friday 15 April 1.30pm at Beckingham Wood Yard.
Meet at Whittons Mill on riverside in Gainsborough. This is an easy walk of 3 miles.

Monday 18 April 1.30pm at Misterton.
Meet at Dovecove café, Grove House Stables on Grovewood Road, Misterton. This is a moderate walk of 3.2 miles. 

Wednesday 20 April 1.30pm at Walkerith.
Meet on roadside at Morton Village Hall NOT IN CAR PARK. This is a moderate walk of 4 miles.

Friday 29 April 1.30pm – Laugherton to Fenton.
Meet at Friendship Inn, Main Road, Laughterton. This is a moderate walk of 3 miles.

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Newark Heritage Barge has organised a series of summer Open Days for 2011. They will run from 12 noon to 5pm on:

17 April, 29 May, 26 June and 31 July.

The Barge is also planning a trip to into Newark on one of the Bank Holidays, further details to follow. Anyone interested in joining the committee or helping out with this heritage project, or even renting out the boat for meetings please contact Les Reid at Les.nhbarge@googlemail.com or visit the website.

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On Thursday 24 March BTCV level 1 students, Dave, Richard and Dave planted 250 hawthorn bushes to renovate on hedgerow on British Waterways land along the Chesterfield Canal at Misterton. Since the start of their training students have repaired a boardwalk at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark, coppiced at Farndon and have learned skills in hedgelaying, pollarding and woodland management.  ‘I liked the hedge laying the best,’ said Richard. Dave said  ‘everything is really good, I love it all, especially when the weather is warm as it gets me out and about to new places’.

The course is now a third of the way through  which are due to finish in November. BTCV will be starting new diploma courses at the end of this year and is holding taster days soon for anyone who is interested in joining the free course next year. For more information contact Gill Butler at BTCV on 0115 931 3316. Email G.Butler@btcv.org.uk

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If you feel inclined to take to your bike this spring and summer and explore the Trent Vale area, why not come along to one (or all) of our Sustrans bike rides? Run by Sustrans volunteer rangers – they will show you some fantastic route with points of intetrest along the way. Nine circular routes have been developed for all ages and abilities. All rides will include plenty of stops. Please bring sandwiches or buy lunch at one of the cafe or pub stops.

The routes – starting on Sunday 10 April – will meet at the Grove Leisure Centre car park, London Road, Balderton, Newark NG24 3AL (unless otherwise stated on the poster).

To view the poster of the schedule of rides click this link Final rides 2011.

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As part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership Lincolnshire County Council have been working closely with the village of Marton to explore, interpret and celebrate its Roman past.

If you are interested in seeing the photos from the many projects we’ve been doing have a look at them on Flickr. If you would like any further information or would like to get involved please contact Sarah Grundy, Historic Environment Officer, Lincs County Council, on 1522 553109 or email sarah.grundy@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

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