Tag Archives: Collings

Creating and printing your own personalised family tree

I fell into using a desktop publishing package quite by chance. In the village in which I was living a skilled resident had taken the local parish council newsletter, sent three times a year to all residents, and the parish … Continue reading

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Collecting and Sharing Family Photos

On Saturday (19 March) we will be holding our first Photographic Project Open Day at our Family History Centre in Sherborne (for details see below). Barbara Elsmore describes her own rewarding search for family photographs which she will be adding … Continue reading

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Do you have a carpenter in the family?

Barbara Elsmore describes how learning a new trade enabled her great-grandfather, George Collings, to improve his own life and that of his descendants. Many of his carpentry tools are still in the family and some are now on display in … Continue reading

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Grandad’s spade – another object with a story to tell

Barbara Elsmore tells the story of another of her family treasures – one that won’t fit into her box and which ‘won’t buckle’! It crept up slowly, the need to get the boxes of family photos and mementoes down from … Continue reading

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Identifying a mystery object

Barbara Elsmore tells the fascinating story of an unusual object which she first encountered as a child in her grandparents’ home in Nether Compton and with which she was recently reunited in Sherborne. Ann-Marie Wilkinson, in her Chairman’s musings in … Continue reading

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The Greenwood Tree May 2014

Bob Barber gives a preview of the next edition of the Greenwood Tree We start the May edition of The Greenwood Tree in seasonal mode with an account by Maureen Bowler of the social history of the celebrations of May … Continue reading

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Grandad and Charlie Hounsell

In 2013 Barbara Elsmore arranged an exhibition on Foster’s School for the Sherborne Museum and recognised her grandfather on one of the Museum’s photographs. I found this old school photograph in Sherborne Museum and realised my grandfather, Arthur Collings, was … Continue reading

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