The July meeting was the last before our break, but we do have our Summer Party to look forward to.
We were delighted to offer our congratulations to member Kay Allan who has won the Royal School of Embroidery Diploma and Hilda Watson Prize for Silk Shading Embroidery. Her masterpiece is exhibited at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
Our guest speaker Philip Tallon, a former lecturer in History and Archaeology at Nottingham University, is an expert on place names.
Philip explained that early names related to the land; thus Ashington was Ashingdene, a valley of ash trees. Morpeth translates as ‘moor path’ or possibly ‘murder path’. The names of those associated with the land appear too, as in Hepscott, the Hebby who owned a mean hovel or ‘cott’.
Invaders, Danes, French and especially Romans, have left their mark too, as well as local dialect. Names evolve and change over centuries, but their roots are based in our past, as Mr Tallon’s fascinating exploration of our area showed.
I look forward to my next visit to one of my favourite places, Werca’s Farm, or Warkworth as you know it today.
We reconvene on Tuesday, September 16, at 7.30pm, in the Village Hall. Our programme Let’s Dance promises a lively evening so come along and join us.