As predicted a few months ago our meetings are still taken up with the research into the various shops and small businesses in the census for Cowling 1841 – 1901. This was so in March.
We also had two visitors from the equestrian fraternity who made use of some of our archive maps and plans to see if they could see any evidence to support a growth of bridleways in our parish. We are very short of this type of right of way, which leads to horse riders endangering themselves and their horses on public roads.
Could we remind parishioners that our website email form is just for local history questions about the parish. Recently some asked how often the Cowling Hill Baptist Chapel organ is played and in the past we have had questions regarding the value of art and where it can be obtained.
Following government advice regarding social distancing we have now cancelled our meetings for April, May and June to help protect our members. We urge all parishioners also to follow this advice for the good of all. We hope to be back reporting to you on our activities in the near future. In the meantime keep safe and look to the future with optimism. The rain and high winds have abated and the sun is out. Everything passes!
Our picture with this article is of a nurse painted by Daniel Binns in WW1. This symbolizes our thanks to the NHS workers and other frontline staff we are depending on to see us through this difficult but historic time.