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SHS Meeting Minutes 20


Sherington H.S.

Meeting held at MK Local Studies Centre, CMK,

on Tuesday, October 9th at 8 pm.

Members present,

Enid Pepper, Helen & Mark Vale, Pearl Teasedale, Sheila Quinn, Kay Turrell, Oliver Powell & Norman Arnold,


Gail & Andrew Waters, Mike & Sue Tofts, Barry Hollis, Jesse & Sheila Line. Alan & Anne Barber, & Anita Arnold.

Norman introduced the members to Ruth Mearden,

20 or so chairs had been laid out & an overhead projector obtained & Ruth gave a short presentation outlining the vast collection of local historical & family history material available for research into those subjects at MK LSC.

Ruth had put together, just specifically for SHS well over 50 pieces of information that she had found in her archives, each taken from a different type of publication.

The publications covered such subjects as books on Bucks that had references to Sherington, copies from the Births, Marriages & Deaths registers for persons in Sherington, but these records do cover the whole of the country. The I.G.I. registers for the whole country. etc. etc.

The normal censuses, for Bucks showing a couple of pages for the High Street, also census of Church wardens. These also for the whole country.

Some entries from Sherington parish registers dated 1718, compiled by John Cave & John Sherman, church wardens of the time.

An entry from Pigots directory, which states that ‘Sherington was an unimportant village just outside of Newport Pagnell’. Also entries from Kellys that listed all the shopkeepers, Gents, traders, lace & mat makers etc. (Gents as in gentlemen)

Examples of freeholders, lace production, farmers, all are covered in surveys, 1831 polls, A religious census in 1851, all these too numerous to list here.

Copies of the O/S maps for various dates & other maps dating back to 1300 or so.

Copies of entries in various newspapers, Northampton Mercury, Wolverton Express, Bucks Standard, a full listing of Elsie Hills mother & father’s wedding in 1915 as the first military wedding ever to take place in St Lauds. Masses of newspapers very interesting.

Some printouts from the War Graves Commission web site for 2 soldiers from Sherington in the 1st war. Also a certificate that is available over the net.

After the presentation the members were free to use ALL the facilities, until 10pm. Thanks were given to Ruth for the evenings informative evening.

This is just a little flavour of the information that was shown to us & is available locally, it really does show that the first place to visit is MK LSC before you need to trek off into Aylesbury records office or the great records offices in London. Also all of this is totally free, along with any advice & help that you might need, except of course the time that is spent on the internet & any photocopies that you need.

This presentation took Ruth a long time to research & put together, it was a great pity that so few members could get to see the results of her time & effort. It was said by all members present that it was probably the most interesting & informative we have had so far.

The next meeting will be held in Sherington Village Hall on November 13th at 8pm. a film show By Peter Gardner & Philip Smith. entitled "For a Closer Walk". All local actors, but filmed on location. Format as before, entry £1-00. Raffle & refreshments. N.A.


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