FAMILY & LOCAL HISTORY DAY SUNDAY 14TH MAY 10am – 4pm
The society attended a Family & Local History day at The Yorkshire Waterways Museum. We had our display with information and photographs of the projects the society has been involved with over the last four years. A steady stream of visitors came to the event throughout the day, enjoying browsing around the various groups that had put on exhibits, these included Boothferry Family History Society, Howdenshire History (www.howdenshirehistory.co.uk) Goole First World War Research Group, Goole Civic Society and more. It was a good day out and we were pleased to see familiar faces visit our stand, and people who had contributed towards the BOCM book and our website. Thank you to those who purchase a book, and a big thank you to Sue Walker for providing the refreshments and making everyone welcome. As the sun came out visitors were able to enjoy a trip on the river. For more information on the Yorkshire Waterways Museum and forthcoming events please visit their site below.
CAROL CONCERT AT THE MEMORIAL GARDEN
The Carol Concert held on Sunday 11th December proved to be popular with many people attending and taking part in the service and carols led by Rev. Dotty Lambeth. A small band provided the musical accompaniment, tokens were written with messages for a loved one and placed on the Memory Tree which was lit up during the service. After the concert, mulled wine and warm mince pies were enjoyed. A big thank you to all who attended and gave a donation – £51.20 was raised, all monies received go towards the maintenance of the Memorial Garden. Our grateful thanks to Rev.Dotty for organising and leading the service as well as arranging for the band to play.
METHODIST CHAPEL CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
PHHHS Christmas tree themed on fauna and flora found in Odways
The Methodist Chapel held a Christmas Concert and Christmas Tree festival on Friday 2nd December. The event was very well attended with Music and Song, Rhythm and Rhyme, light refreshments and raffle. On display were ten decorated Christmas Trees by different groups within the village. The winners were judged at the Christingle on Saturday 3rd December. 1st place was Playgroup with the Parish of Hemingbrough Historical/Heritage Society coming 2nd and Good Companions in 3rd place.
Christmas Trees on display at the Methodist Chapel – decorated by various groups in the village
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY MEMORIAL GARDEN
The Remembrance Day service was very well attended and we were pleased to see the community spirit coming together for the service.
Our grateful thanks to Rev. Dotty Lambeth who carried out the service and organised the musical support and bugler, so a big thank you to the band and the bugler, Rachael the Piper and Keith Sacre (Standard Bearer) of the Goole and Howden British Legion.
The Ride of Honour (Yorkshire Ride of Remembrance) was supported by 321 bikers starting at Squires Café calling at Selby and completing their journey to attend the service at the Memorial Garden, Hemingbrough.
Thanks to the people who took part in the service and the very touching wreaths and crosses that were laid.
Finally thanks to Rachel and Andrea (Passion 4 Food) in providing refreshments, Fairfax Plant Hire and Thornes Coaches for providing the parking facilities.
We gave out 150 service sheets on the day, if you would like a copy for a keepsake you can download below.
PARISH OF HEMINGBROUGH
(Creators of the Memorial Garden)
NATURE WALK SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST 2.OOPM
Thankfully the weather turned out fine we were able to put up the marquee and set up the information table and refreshment area.
The response to our first event to welcome residents and visitors to Oldway’s, explain work that has been carried out and future work planned was good. Young and old enjoyed trying to sight the wildlife and foliage on the sheet provide. Thanks to all who came and to our members for help in putting the event together.
SELBY LIBRARY HISTORY FESTIVAL WEEK 22nd – 27th AUGUST 2016
The Society attended the Selby Library History Festival week – Industry in Selby, we put up our stand with information and photographs taken from our book “’The History and Memories of BOCM Selby”.
The Mill was first established in 1910 by Joseph Watson by 1929 with the merger of Margarine Unie and Lever Brothers Unilever was formed and took over the Mill. Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company with headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands and London. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue.
With the publication of our book, Unilever archives office in Port Sunlight, Liverpool got in touch and asked if they could have a book for their archives, which we happily sent on to them. The archives officer gave us copy-right permission to use eleven of their unique photographs from their archives, some of these will be included in our display.
Early picture of OCO looking over the River Ouse
VOLUNTEERS WEEK 1st – 12th JUNE 2016
The first event to be held was in St Mary’s Church on Wednesday 1st June. Our fundraiser Rev.Dotty Lambeth organised the event alongside Christ Hailey-Norris of Selby AVS (Selby District Association of Voluntary Service). Local voluntary groups were invited to attend get together and share views, idea’s and promote their groups.
The event was well attended, Dotty conducted the service and the Bishop of Selby gave a short talk on volunteering and the difference it makes to communities.
We put up our stand showing the work the group has carried out over the last few years, including the Memorial Garden, BOCM Book, Oldways project and what we envisage for the future phases to be carried out in Oldways. The evening ended with drinks and nibbles and an enjoyable time was had by all.
Thanks to Dotty for the hard work she put in to getting the event and groups together.
Pictures taken at the Volunteer event
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK VISITS HEMINGBROUGH MEMORIAL GARDEN
The Society were delighted and privileged that the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu included the Memorial Garden in his six months Pilgrimage of Prayer and Blessing throughout the Diocese of York.
The Archbishop visited the Memorial Garden on the afternoon of Saturday 16th April, Rev. Francis Loftus joined the Archbishop on his walk from Riccall to Hemingbrough where they were met by Rev. Dotty Lambeth. Dotty introduced the Archbishop to members of the Society and gave a brief explanation on how a derelict filling station became the beautiful Memorial Garden it is today.
Arriving at the Memorial Garden about 2.30pm the Archbishop spent time looking around the garden, meeting with families, residents and members of the Yorkshire Ride of Remembrance. In a short speech he gave the Garden his Blessing and all present joined the Archbishop in prayer.
The Society presented the Archbishop with a unique commemorative cushion that had been made by Kath Terry.
Pictures from the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu’s visit on Saturday 16th April 2016
BOCM SELBY PENSIONERS PARTY 13th APRIL 2016
On Wednesday 13th April, members of the Society were invited to attend the BOCM Pensioners Party at the Railway Club in Selby
We put on a display showing the History of BOCM through the eyes of ex/retired employees. The screen and projector was set up and a rolling picture show was on display much to the delight of the party-goers who were watching avidly to spot themselves.
The society members met up with people who had contributed with the ‘History and Memories of BOCM’ book and also got to chat with others.
Unilever’s Pensioners Liaison & Administration Manager Karen Abbot introduced herself and bought a book! – Thank you Karen. Karen also organised lunch for our members which was much appreciated.
After the meal Karen gave a detailed update on how Unilever is doing at present, this was very interesting finding out Unilever is involved in products such as Shampoos, Washing Powders Pot-Noodles just to mention a few.
Coffee Morning on Thursday 7th April raised £159.20
The Society would like to give a big thank you to the Methodist Church for donating the proceeds from the
Coffee Morning to the Society, this donation will go towards the upkeep of the Memorial Garden.
In July 2014 we were successful in our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund which has helped us to produce this book. Thanks to the people who took part we have not only been able to put down in writing the history of BOCM, but have recordings and videos. These will be available for future generations to see and hear about a large company that at one time was the heart of Selby’s employment. This unique book is a collection of memories, photographs and memorabilia from over twenty people who worked at OCO/BOCM giving their recollections from school to retirement, including their apprenticeships, leisure, war and peace-time experiences.
Copies of the book have been presented to local schools, Selby Colleges, Selby and Barlby Libraries.
Selby and Goole Community Pride Awards held on Thursday 12th November 2015. The Society won best Community Project (for the Memorial Garden)and were awarded with a beautiful engraved glass plaque.
On 16th October 2015 we were finalist in the North Yorkshire County Council Community Awards ‘Best Community Group’ (for the Memorial Garden). We were runner up and presented with a certificate and beautiful engraved glass plaque.
Sue & Eddie Kinsella receiving the award for the Society
A REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE was held at St Mary’s Church, Hemingbrough on Sunday 8th November 2015 conducted by the Rev. Francis Loftus. The service commenced at 10.30am and was followed with a Dedication Service at the Memorial Garden at 12.30pm. The service started with a short prayer followed by a Eulogy. A bugler played the Last Post, and the Reveille, and a lone piper play the Lament. Before wreaths were laid in front of the memorial stone.
The Centenary Memorial Garden is in tribute to the memory of those members of the armed forces and civilians who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
It is also dedicated to the people of the Parish of Hemingbrough who have passed away, a place where their families can sit, reflect and enjoy the colours and scent of the rose bushes that have been planted in remembrance.
Two war veterans reunite and share their tales
OLDWAYS – MEMORIAL WALK
Phase one of the Oldways Memorial Walk has now been completed. The pond has been excavated, picnic tables and seating have been put in place (there is one more picnic table to be placed). The area near to the pond has been rotovated and grass seed put down.
The first area of the new pathway has been cleared and wood chipings put down. It has proved to be a very welcome project with residents using the pathway and picnic tables already. One resident has placed two bird boxes and there are indications that birds are nesting. Water voles have been spotted again this year in the dyke as well as frog-spawn. It is anticipated when the new look website is up and running we will have a regular nature trail update.
HEARTHSTONE FILLING STATION AND
The PHHHS is pleased to announce that it has taken ownership of the Hearthstone Filling Station, Hemingbrough with effect from 2nd September 2014. The purchase has been made through a newly formed company – PHHHS Community Interest Company – limited by guarantee.
The company began trading on 4 August 2014, has full public liability insurance and an operative bank account. Its operation will be a matter of open public record.
We have written assurances from the Senior Enforcement Officer NYCC Trading Standards /Environment Department that the fuel tanks have been both emptied and made safe. The petrol storage tanks have been foam filled and sealed and, although assured that the diesel tanks are safe, we intend to fill these with a concrete slurry mix to avoid any sediment leakage following any future potential collapse due to ageing of the tanks. (Assured that this is unlikely for 40 years +)
To link in with this major project we will also commence work in the “Old Ways”. As this is a Village Green and we intend to Cultivate and maintain it, we will of course keep the Parish Council updated on progress. We are planning, with, the support of local residents, to tidy up the old course of the river Ouse, open up old ponds, create pathways and provide tables and seating for residents and visitors alike. We will consult residents with reference to the possible renaming of the area to the “Oldways Centenary Walk”,or “Oldway Memorial Walk” but will remain open to suggestions . The habitat of wildlife will be protected as well as preserving the flora to be found in this area. Schools will be invited to have an input into creating a nature walk and signs of an informative and environmentally acceptable nature will be installed. Licences have been obtained from the NYCC Highways Department to maintain this area and all the relevant authorities have been consulted, and will continue to be consulted, at every stage of the project development.
We will continue to present public exhibitions on all our work, provide details of our proposals for public comment and input.
Over the last few months the Society has been busy attending local events and putting up our stand giving information about our ongoing projects.
In July we gave a presentation at Barlby High School over four days involving three hundred plus students. We had our stand at Hemingbrough Summer Fair and St Mary’s Church open day.
The Society held an Exhibition/Display to commemorate the centenary of the First World War on Sunday 3rd August. The exhibition was held in the Methodist Hall, it was well attended and proved to be a very interesting and successful afternoon. Thanks to Gerry Carroll who brought along his Barnes Wallis display and Ian Beaumont for bringing along his picture of the Christmas Truce. A big thank you to all the people who kindly let us put on display items of memorabilia.
We would also like to thank the World War Two veterans who attended, supported our Exhibition and gave donations towards our ongoing project providing a Memorial Garden where the now derelict garage stands.
Below are pictures of our display stands, Jan, Eddie and Alwyn with Rosie Corrigan, Mayor of Selby.
FAMILY HISTORY DAY AT SELBY LIBRARY
The Society was asked to attend the Family History Day held at Selby Library on Tuesday 20th May. Four members attended taking our stand which displays the work we are involved in and the Book and DVDs we have produced.
North Yorkshire County Records Office attended with a display of Cochrane’s shipyard artefacts and information. The Family History Society was on hand to offer expert advice on searching for records. Local history authors also attended and a table for book signing was in place.
The event proved to be interesting and friendly with groups and members of the public enjoying the displays and information available.
BOOKS AND DVDs AVAILABLE FOR SALE – Use the contact us button or call 01757 6300074
Our latest book ‘The History and Memories of BOCM Selby’ Price £9.99
A unique collections of memories and memorabilia of people who worked at BOCM. On sale at Selby and Barlby Libraries and the AVS centre on Portholme Road Selby, or use the contact us button. The PHHHS group work to preserve and record the history of the ancient parish of Hemingbrough which at one time was so big it included the BOCM site.
DVD “Hemingbrough 70 years of film and video clips” The DVD runs for approximately 30 minutes and shows a number of residents. There are also street scenes including Main Street and School Road before Housing Estates were built. Early School Fetes, Street Parades and Snowdrifts that cut off Hemingbrough Price £5
DVD ” I jumped over the weather cock that its on Hemingbrough Spire” Shows footgage on the replacing of the cockerel on St Mary’s Church involving school children from Hemingbrough and Cliffe, featuring Karen Keating (Blue Peter) approximately 26 minutes.
REFLECTIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
The book is priced at £12
Every book or DVD purchased is a donation to help continue our ongoing projects for the community.