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The Flodden Tree

Antony & Gwen Chessell's nomination of the 400-500 years old Sycamore tree known as the 'Flodden Tree' on the Hirsel Estate, Coldstream, has been shortlisted as one of six trees chosen by an independent panel of experts in The Woodland Trust's Scottish Tree of the Year competition. The winner will be decided by public vote and will then be entered into the competition for the UK Tree of the Year. The closing date for voting is 7 October.

The tree was reputed to have been planted to commemorate the Scottish dead who fell at the battle of Flodden in 1513. If the Flodden Tree was planted during the 16th century, it would have been planted by a member of the Kerr family—Sir Andrew Kerr of Ferniehurst fought at Flodden and survived the battle. The 3rd Lord Home also fought at Flodden but The Hirsel was only purchased by the 1st Earl of Home from Sir John Kerr in 1611. Whoever planted the tree, the sycamore is an enduring reminder of the events of that dreadful battle and a living memorial to the Scots who died on 9th September 1513.  

  Antony & Gwen recognise the cross-Border connections in this area and hope that as many people as possible on both sides of the Border, their friends and relatives, will vote for the Flodden Tree by going on to the voting page of the Woodland Trust at:

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/tree-of-year-2018/scotland/

PLEASE VOTE FOR THE FLODDEN TREE. YOUR VOTE WILL NOT ONLY PUBLICISE THIS ANCIENT AND HISTORIC TREE BUT WILL HELP TO PROMOTE THE EASTERN BORDERLANDS.

 

 

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News

TillVAS is looking for volunteers to help with research. Please see archaeology page for details.

The next TillVAS talk will be on Wed 6th Feb 2019 at 7.30 in Crookham Village Hall. The title is Operation Nightingale which tells the story of the initiative to help rehabilitate injured soldiers through archaeology.

Lowick Heritage Group
On Monday 14th January (7.30pm) we have our first talk of 2019 when Peter Calder will tell us about some of his memories of his time as a farm manager.

Bowsden History Group

 

The first meeting of 2019 programme is on Monday 4th February, 7.30pm at Bowsden Village Hall

 

Dr Mike Oliver on 
NORTHUMBERLAND'S SAILORS
From Pirates to Poets
 
Dr Oliver, a historian and an authority on naval history, has written three nautical novels set in the period of the Napoleonic Wars. His talk will concentrate on some of the great sailors who have connections with Northumberland.

TillVAS ARCHIVES

The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the  Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Maureen Charlton or the Assistant Archivist, Julia Day.

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BOOKSTALL

The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.

Items for sale include:-

1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and

2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.

See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.

 

There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.