Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bygone Borderlands Celebration 2014 - 10am to 4pm on 6 and 7 September

It's an event for children and adults  - a weekend long celebration of Border heritage and history, reflecting on last year’s commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

It takes place at The Haining, Selkirk from 10am to 4pm on 6 and 7 September.

As well as Borders Family History Society, there’ll be displays by Berwick Record Office, the Hawick Heritage Hub, Jedburgh Grammar School, primary schools in Hawick, Lilliesleaf and Selkirk; an arts and crafts tent, a storytelling and quill writing tent, and a tent for talks and music. Refreshments will be for sale, too.

I hope they don't run out of quills, I calculated last night that it's more than 50 years since I last used a quill pen, in earnest, at primary school.

Programme of talks and music:

Please note: There’s room only for disabled parking (blue badge holders) at The Haining, so they’re asking people to park at Selkirk High School (enter from Hillside Terrace) and there’ll be a free shuttle bus to take visitors to and from the Haining.

Admission is free, so we hope that you’ll all come and see us sometime this weekend.

Download the Bygone Borderlands 2014 brochure.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dunse Bowling Club Silver Prize Medal - Won by P. Robson, Duns, July 1882

This prize medal came up in a Google search for something on Sunday.
I've always wanted to find prize medals won by my ancestors but it's not happened yet though perhaps they didn't win anything that came with a medal.

This prize medal is made of silver and set in an ornate frame.
On one side it says "Presented to the Dunse Bowling Club by Messrs Farrington & Smith Edinr 1878".
on the other, "Won by P. Robson Duns July 1882." with some hallmarks.

He's not in the Duns Monumental Inscriptions volume and I wonder who he was and where he was buried.

Was he one of your ancestors ?

If you're interested in acquiring it, it's offered for sale by Alnwick British & Colonial Coins & Tokens at £50.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Set to Close 1 Day Earlier

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland was set to run Friday 29 August to Sunday 31 August 2014 at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

In a surprise announcement, the organisers say that the Sunday is cancelled and it will run only 29 to 30 August.
No reasons have been given though I speculate that perhaps ticket sales have been poor.
The Who Do You Think You Are? Live website says "If you have a ticket for Sunday, you would have received an email informing you that you could exchange your ticket for another day or apply for a refund. " and gives an email link for other enquiries.

Will they refund part of the costs for exhibitors ?
They ought to but according to Chris Paton, the organisers claim "the event is not expecting to lose out on visitor numbers - and as a consequence it will not be reimbursing stand costs. So in essence, vendors are now paying three days fees for two days' service. Shocking treatment of vendors and exhibitors."

It'll be even busier on the Friday and the Saturday for the exhibitors and possibly hotter inside, too.

The exhibition will obviously lose out on visitors as some, possibly lots of Sunday ticket-holders, won't be able to go another day.

Will they refund travel costs and accommodation costs incurred by those visitors expecting to go on Sunday ?
Will the organisers decide that un-cancelling Sunday is likely to cost them less than legal fees and refunding travel,  accommodation and workshop booking costs ? Only time will tell.

If you are coming on the Friday or the Saturday, please do come and see us on our shared stand with other members of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.