TillVAS Till Valley Archaeological Society
TillVAS             Till Valley Archaeological Society

The Society

The Society was formed in February 2011 in response to local interest in the archaeology, history and heritage of the Till Valley. Its formation was greatly stimulated by the participation of local volunteers in the archaeological excavations taking place on and around the site of the Battle of Flodden.

 

The enthusiasm and hard work of the volunteers was recognised by the professional archaeologists leading the excavations. Dr. Chris Burgess, Northumberland County Archaeologist, encouraged and persuaded a 'core' of volunteers that there was a need for a local Society to be involved in local archaeology and history which would complement the activities of other volunteer groups already in place further south in Northumberland.

 

The idea took hold quickly and indoor meetings and outdoor events were arranged, the first of these being centred on Crookham Village Hall. Crookham is still the 'home' venue although other locations are used from time to time such as Etal Village Hall, Branxton Village Hall and Coldstream Community Centre. Many more local people were encouraged to join the Society and to take part in excavations and field walking.

 

The establishment of the Society also enabled insurance cover to be put in place so that members might be protected against any risk incurred on its activities including archaeological excavations. The Society itself is covered against public liability. All non-members taking part in an excavation are required to be insured through the Society and twelve months cover is provided by collection of a small charge when they are on site.

 

There has been a strong growth in membership since 2011 reaching 123 members by March 2017 (including our first overseas member), reflecting the extent of local (and even wider) interest.

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News

Tickets for James IV mmorial lecture now on sale.

7th October Coldstream Community Centre 2.30

Dr Alex Hildred

 

HENRY VIII's Mary Rose - FROM SEABED TO SHOWCASE

 

Tickets £6 - available from Maureen

maureencharlton@btinternet.com

 

Dates for the dig at Mardon

 

The dig to revisit our iron age site on Mardon farm will run from 25th August to 5th September.

For details please visit the archaeology page.

Crookham Church

On Sunday 19th August there will be an "85th Birthday Garden Party" at Crookham URC, beginning with a 1930's style tea at 3pm, organised by the Rev. Mary Taylor.  This will be followed at 4pm by a talk by Mike Keating on "The First Church at Crookham" and at 4.40pm, a talk by Antony Chessell on "The Modern Church at Crookham".   Both talks are based on information collected by TillVAS for the "Branxton and Crookham Village Atlas Project."   There is also the "Flodden Peace Garden" to wander around.
All are welcome.   There is no charge for this event, but donations towards to the upkeep of the Church will be most welcome.

Kirknewton Sheepdog Trials and Heritage Open Day

Sunday 19th August

Local History Displays and films:

Special showing of ‘Night of Years’ 

(The story of Josephine Butler)

Find out about Bob Fraser, farm improvements, the Bondager farming system and visit St Gregory’s Church.

(  service at 11 a.m. )

 Free entry.

Light Refreshments          Northumbrian Pipers

Visit the Trials to see the dogs in action.

Dog trials from 9a.m.    Heritage Day 10 -4

 

HOLYSTONE

Richard Carlton will be giving a talk on the 2018 Holystone Roman Road Dig on Wednesday 22 August at 7:30pm in Holystone Church.  All welcome.

Bowsden History Group - A Tale of Two Mills. (Spindleston and Waren) 3rd Sept 2018 7.30 Bowsden Village Hall.

The next TillVAS talk is on Weds. 5th September at 7.30pm in Crookham Village Hall when Dr Brian Moffat  from Edinburgh will tell us about ‘Medieval Medicine and its use in the present day’.

The report for Mardon has now been completed. See the Archaeology section for more details. HLF has awarded a grant to TillVAS for further work in autumn  2018.

TillVAS AGM

Many thanks to all who attended our AGM and talk where Dr Richard Carlton gave a very good account of the Mardon Dig. For more details see 'reports on events'

Data Protection - please see the new TillVAS policy statement on the membership page

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.

MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS

Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above.  Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.

BRANXTON & CROOKHAM VILLAGE ATLAS PROJECT

There are some important meetings of the Activity Groups scheduled over the next few months. Please click on the appropriate tag above, which will take you to the Village Atlas page and give you all the dates, times and places of the meetings.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, TILLVAS MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF OTHER ATLAS GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE MEETINGS (except the Steering Committee).

Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.

PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS

Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.

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.