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Annual Report 2022

This year 2023 will be the 16th year of the KGBIG Local History Society and we ended 2022 with 92 members.

By the start of the year Covid restrictions had been lifted so this year was a return to talks in the Village Hall. We had a wide range of local topics over the year. In January we heard about St. Mary’s Crathorne and its 200 year anniversary. This was followed in February by changing sides in the Civil War in Scarborough. We stepped back in time in March to the Neolithic remains of Street House. There was an opportunity to handle artefacts when Ripon Museum Trust brought a box full of items including handcuffs and police helmets, to illustrate crime and punishment. It was hoped to have a follow up visit to Ripon but there was insufficient interest. A very interesting lecture in April showed the Gardens and Parkland of Ingleby Manor and Busby Hall. June gave us an insight into one of the great local families, the Dixons of Chapelgarth. 

The group has continued to assist with the maintenance of the Pannierman Way (Trod) and work was undertaken in June. Bob Slater, National Parks Volunteer Rangers Coordinator is providing for regular maintenance and DofE volunteers will assist. This has the support of S. Jones, the Scout Commissioner.

It was decided to have a tent at Stokesley show where we were joined by Great Ayton Local History Society and North Yorkshire County Record Office. It was a very successful day both in terms of visitors and book sales.

Our September meeting was postponed to 2023 due to the Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth. In October we had a more recent talk on the Camphill Village Trust since 1955. The last presentation of the year was a fascinating insight into the 19th century epidemic in Middlesbrough showing how little in some ways things have changed.

In December we held our Social with a Yorkshire Christmas theme and were entertained by the Leven Sword Dancers. 

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