The beautiful city of Lincoln was the location for the 2006 GetTogether. Gail Balfe arranged an excellent program which kept us informed and entertained for the Bank Holiday weekend of 26-28 August. Unfortunately, only seven Akehurst-ers could attend (including two from Australia), but we received a number of 'best-wishes' and apologies from Akehurst-ers who could not attend. We started off by viewing Morwenna's display of Victorian/Edwardian memorabilia (I couldn't figure out how one of her child's games worked ... the inner child in me must have been away on holiday at the time!) and Gale's quiz of agricultural-looking implements (I failed that, too ... the adult in me must have been on holidays also!). We also papered the walls with trees that Morwenna had prepared and that others had brought along. The first speaker on Saturday was Pearl Wheatley, of the Lincolnshire Historical Society, who took us on a journey through Lincoln from Roman times to the present. The second speaker was Jean Townsend, who spoke about the need for vigilance to ensure headstones are not flattened. Jean's talk was peppered with funny sayings which have appeared on headstones.
In the evening, we climbed the steep hill (called, naturally enough, Steep Hill !) and scattered for dinner. I was with the group which dined in the basement of a pie shop, which set me to thinking of Sweeney Todd! To walk off the calories, we joined a "Ghost Walk" which took us on an interesting and entertaining tour of the Old City. Sunday's activities began with the Akehurst Family History Society meeting and concluded with a talk on the Duncalfe One-Name Study by Anne Cole. Anne's interesting talk was interrupted by flypast of a WW-II Lancaster bomber (no, not put on for us).
Monday was the Bank Holiday, so we were unable to visit the CRO or the Library [sigh!]. However, Rob and Morwenna invited us for a cruise in their narrowboat. It was most pleasant chugging along at a leisurely 3-4mph looking at the rural parts of Lincolnshire and then along the canal through the centre of the New Town. It made Pearl's talk come alive as we travelled along Fosse Dyke, which was constructed by the Romans. Then followed a leisurely barbecue at Gail and Andrew's home. Lots of laughing and eating and laughing and reminiscing and laughing ... followed by our departures. That concluded a most successful and enjoyable weekend.
AFHS Get Together 2006 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Richard Akhurst, Judith Akhurst, Morwenna Akehurst