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GMS News 105 October 2017

Bat & Trap BBQ July Meeting                               The bat & trap game at the July meeting was a great success. Thanks to Steve & Debbie for the use of their garden, and to Brian & Diana and Alan & Margaret for organising the barbecue.  Read the Full Story

GMS News 105 October 2017

Bat & Trap BBQ July Meeting                                 The bat & trap game at the July meeting was a great success. Thanks to Steve & Debbie for the use of their garden, and to Brian & Diana and Alan & Margaret for organising the barbecue.  August Meeting I was not able to attend the August visit to Sandwich. Diana and Pauline were kind enough to provide reports of the visit. Since the 2 reports complement each other I am including both. Our August meeting was a visit to the Sandwich Guildhall. We were met by Kevin Cook, in his regalia as Town Sergeant and Town Crier, who kept us entertained with stories of his 14 years in office and his involvement with the rituals of the Cinque Ports ceremonies. Kevin gave us a tour of the Guildhall, which dates back to 1579, including the Council Chamber, Courtroom, Mayors Parlour and Jury Room and showed us  many priceless gold and silver artefacts which we were allowed to handle with his white gloves. We visited the latest addition the Museum which is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday and houses the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest dating back to 1300.                    D.K. When we arrived at the Guildhall entrance we were met by our tour guide  Kevin Cook who is the Town Seargent/Town Crier. He was in full regalia. Kevin was an excellent guide, both informative and entertaining, he took us through the later extension of the Guildhall circa 1973, which is used for social occasions. We then went through to the 1912 extension which was the panelled Jury Room,  this had been in use for civic functions and dances as one of our members recalls. We travelled further back in time to the early part of the building dated 1579 to the Mayors Parlour, with its dark oak wood, stained glass windows and creaky floorboards, a real treat.  Kevin talked us through the ancient documents on the walls, including a complete list of all the Mayors of Sandwich, he showed us the blackthorn wand that was presented to the Mayor to ward off evil spirits. We also had the opportunity to handle (with gloves) the two small silver guilt maces.  Our next room was the council chamber were we were allowed to handle the larger silver guilt mace which is reputed to have been touched by Elizabeth I.  Kevin then escorted us into the Court Room which is the oldest one to have survived in England. This 16th century court room has the original box for the jury of twelve men and the dock for the offender. The stained glass window depicting Elizabeth I was well worth seeing. The vote of thanks was given by Steve Chappell before we went to our final destination which was the museum, again another very interesting room and we were allowed to browse the exhibits and had the opportunity to ask Kevin questions.                                         P.T.  Read the Full Story

GMS News 104 July 2017

Visit to Fort Burgoyne  
                    It was on a warm summer’s evening that about twenty members and their friends assembled at Fort Burgoyne. Our tour started with a walk around the outworks, a pleasant stroll with an abundance of wild flowers along our route.
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GMS News 103 June 2017

St. Bartholomew's Hospital The photograph below shows the chapel of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Sandwich, which was built to commemorate the English victory at the Battle of Sandwich on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1217.   Read the Full Story

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