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JOIN US AND SEE YOUR FAMILY TREE GROW

seahamfamilyhistorygroup@yahoo.co.uk

NEWS UPDATE


MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This years A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday May 15th at 11am, and at the time of going to print the venue will be the same as last year, St Johns Church Hall. 

Any change to this will be advised a.s.a.p.

Nominations for Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer are now being taken.


MAYORS EVENT

The above event was held at Seaham Town Hall on April 17th and was very successful. 

It was attended by almost 80 people who enjoyed a delicious meal of beef mince pie with potato and vegetables followed by a white chocolate cheesecake and coffee & chocolates to finish. 

They were entertained by the very talented R&R (Richard & Robert) who sang a wide variety of songs old and new. 

Together we raised on the night £565. 


Many thanks to all who supported this event, you have made a difference to local charities who will benefit.



FAMILY HISTORY QUERIES

The group often receives queries from both members and non members by email which are researched and replied to. It has been decided that in future these queries will be circulated among the members by email in order that anyone with any knowledge of the query can help in any way.



EVENING MEETING

 

The next evening meeting will be on Monday May 13th at 4pm.


www. Seahamfamilyhistorygroup.org.uk


Seahamfamilyhistorygroup@yahoo.co.uk




Remembrance Sunday 2018

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Some memories of Remembrance Sunday 2018.  

Photos - Centre above by Stephen Clark.

Others by Linda Baker.

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Model of a Colliers kitchen c. 1917

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The detail in this model of a Colliers kitchen c. 1917 reflects accurately what living conditions were like for miners families in Seaham and other pit towns and villages. 

As many members have mining ancestry it provided an interesting and nostalgic talking point. 


Our thanks go to owner Joe Wilkinson of Durham.





Kate Annie Clark  born 1896 Seaham Harbour  -   Can you help?

As you can see from the article below Kate was a very interesting yet mysterious woman.  

If you are able to add anything to her story please let us know. 

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UNVEILING SEAHAM ARTILLERY MEMORIAL SAT. AUG 12. 2017

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Pictured above are Derek Bland (r) and Grahame Morris MP unveiling the memorial plaque

NOSTALGIC VIEWS OF THE NORTH

  

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A unique collection of photographs

Members may be interested in this online photographic archive featuring the Ward Philipson Photographic Collection. 

Managed by John Moreels of Durham City, via the Photo Memories Organisation, the collection was discovered in a loft in the centre of Newcastle in 1996. Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund the Photo Memories Organisation is continuing with the restoring, digitising and researching of the collection. 
The HLF grant will support volunteers until 2016 with the aim of sharing the collection with the community via talks. website and books. 

The images focus on the history of the north east and provide local groups and communities with opportunities to learn about their heritage and culture through the archive images. 


Why not visit the photo memories website to view the images ?




                                       photo memories website

  

NEWSLINE

Seaham Heritage Association have designated a number of sites of historic heritage within Seaham and have now completed installing blue plaques and compiling a tourist map/walk instructions to guide visitors on the many heritage sites Seaham has to offer.

The project

  • identified suitable buildings and obtained the owners consent;
  • obtained planning approval by Durham County Council's Planning and Conservations Officers;
  • installed the blue plaques at the identified locations.

Along with the web view, Seaham Heritage Association are working with Durham County Council Economic Development Team and Durham County Council Design Team to put up an interpretive lectern to house the map at the Clock Site on the corner of North Railway Street and North Terrace. Fred Cooper, Chairman of Seaham Heritage Association has attributed the success of this project as an excellent example of collaborative community partnership between local voluntary groups and Durham County Council and Seaham Town Council.


Seaham Heritage Association establish the Blue Plaques Walk Scheme

Download the Blue Plaques Guide

Seaham Mayor's Charity Fund donation to SFHG 2015

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At the begining of May 2015 the Seaham Mayor hosted an evening where the recipients of his Charity Fund were announced.  

We are delighted that SFHG were chosen to receive a donation of £350 from the Charity Fund. 

SFHG and the Seaham Branch of the British Legion combined to put on a display in the Byron Centre which showed aspects of Seaham during the two world wars. Included was the Book of Remembrance which listed the 648 WW1 casualties who were born or lived in Seaham.  Over the open period the exhibition was visited by many people both from the town itself and further afield. SFHG Secretary and Treasurer, Linda and Bill Baker are shown at the exhibition which also was manned during the period by group members generously giving up their time.

Remembrance Events 2015

SFHG and the Seaham Branch of the British Legion combined to put on a display in the Byron Centre which showed aspects of Seaham during the two world wars. Included was the Book of Remembrance which listed the 648 WW1 casualties who were born or lived in Seaham.  Over the open period the exhibition was visited by many people both from the town itself and further afield. SFHG Secretary and Treasurer, Linda and Bill Baker are shown at the exhibition which also was manned during the period by group members generously giving up their time.

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As part of the Durham Coastal Heritage Week programme in June 2016, SFHG member Fred Cooper led a guided tour around part of the Blue Plaque trail.


Fred established the Seaham Blue Plaque Trail and had a wealth of information to pass on to those participating in the walk.