Recorder's Report 2012

Tilty Archaeology & Local History Group (TALHG) had a very successful first year, with many well attended events and meetings. The Group is now formally constituted, with a fine professional logo, an enthusiastic Committee and a growing membership; there is also a Facebook group, and we are working on a website. Some of the highlights of the year included the inaugural walk in March, the Revd. Kenneth Carveley’s talk at Tilty Church in August (which attracted an audience of almost 60 people) and a visit to the Saffron Walden Town Library in October. The Group also hosted some great talks by a range of speakers, external and in-house.

TALHG was also successful in its application for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant; the project, ‘Tilty and the Second World War’, aims to communicate and commemorate the wartime experiences of people in a small rural community. A diverse range of stories, memories, artefacts and documents from the period will be recorded and shared, primarily via a website, though there will also be talks, walks and other events.

As last year, TALHG will be promoting its activities at local events in 2013; our stall at the recent Duton Hill Fun Day generated a great deal of interest, particularly in the renovation work currently being carried out on the Abbey ruins. The work will be continuing over the next few months, and on its completion ‘information boards’ will be installed in the field. There are also plans for a ‘Pubs and Pillboxes Walk’, and several events linked to the All Our Stories project.

For more information about Tilty Archaeology & Local History Group, or if you would like to go on the circulation list, please email Tilty.Archaeology@gmail.com

Maggie Stevens
Secretary, TALHG
Tilty Local History Recorder