SOCIETY NEWS

Dapol have recently introduced the below 00 gauge model railway truck which is a flashback to the days when Buckley was a major brick producing town.

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To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of commercial pottery production ceasing in Buckley, Chairman Mr Keith Shone has commissioned Anvil Pottery near Denbigh to produce a number of small plates using clay partly sourced in Buckley.

Plates can be purchased locally from the Society, at Buckley Library or at F& J Newscentre in Mold Road at a cost of £8 and will be on sale at the forthcoming Buckley Fun day event on Sunday the 21st May.  

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Oral history

By kind cooperation Mr John Butler from Deeside has made recent video recordings of two local ladies whose childhood years were spent in Buckley and made the recordings available to view online via the following links;

Mrs Margaret Shone - 'The Prodigal Son'  [in Buckley dialect]

https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/546062 

Mrs Rose Griffiths - A Childhood in Buckley

http://bit.ly/2iULEA3  

We are grateful to John for his time and professionalism in creating such invaluable records for all to enjoy

 

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The Committee of the Buckley Society wish all our members and subscribers all the very best for Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017 

For a postal service please e mail the Society address detailed on the Archive page a direct link is not provided to avoid automatic spam and junk mail

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Following the recent archaeological digs at Prices Pottery on the Elfed School Field in 2014 and 2015, the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust are arranging a two day event above Buckley library on the 10th and 11th November 2016

As well as staff from C.P.A.T, Christine Longworth who was formerly Curator of British and European Antiquities at Liverpool Museum will be in attendance. Christine has taken a keen interest in Buckley pottery over many years and has published works on the subject. e.g. Buckley Ceramics in the Seventeenth Century: Socio-Economic Status of the Potters and Possible Design Influences. http://interpretingceramics.com/issue006/articles/01.htm

 Each day will start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm. 

November 10th: Introductory course in pottery identification, delivered by Christine Longworth and processing of Buckley Pottery (Price's Pottery site 2014-2015)

November 11th: processing and cataloguing of Buckley Pottery (Price's Pottery 2014-2015) under the guidance of C.P.A.T. and Christine Longworth.

People will have to provide their own lunch, enquiries are in hand though to see if drinks can be provided.

This is a valuable opportunity  for the members of the Buckley Society and for all those people keen to learn more about their local heritage.

Please support this event if you can, C.P.A.T have shown tremendous interest in Buckley in recent years and it would be nice to have a good turn out to support them.

Can people interested email their names by return so that we can update Viviana Culshaw the Community Archaeologist with likely numbers attending please.

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The new season of talks commences at Hawkesbury Community Centre on Friday evening the 7th October 2016 see Lectures section for details.  

Due to the increasing cost of engaging quality speakers to attend our meetings a decision was reached at the A.G.M in May 2016 with members support to raise the annual membership fee to £10 per annum

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Prior to his untimely death in 2015 our Editor and Founder Member Kenneth Lloyd Gruffydd had been working for several years producing a book on the maritime history of Wales. The book  entitled Maritime Wales in the Middle Ages:1039-1542 has been priced at £25 and is on sale in local bookshops or alternatively direct from Eirlys Lloyd Gruffydd e mail gruffyddargel@talktalk.net

  ISBN 978-1-84494-106-3  

                                                                                          

                                       

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The latest 'Buckley' Magazine (No.40) is now available at the usual outlets around the town i.e Library, F.J Newscentre and Wainwright's Convenience Store Drury.

 

A postal service is available on request - please see magazine page

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On Friday the 19th June 2015 the Society will be participating in a History Fair at the Civic Centre Connah's Quay together with many other organisations from North East Wales. The event entry to which is free, is open to the public from 2pm until 5pm.

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Two new Society publications include;

This year’s Society Magazine which majors on WWI plus an article is included in respect of the Elfed School’s 60th anniversary.

Fred Birks VC MM is the subject of a new publication by Janet Tildesley, his grandniece which the Buckley Society has published with her permission.

See Internet site for more details about Fred Birks VC  MM            http://www.awm.gov.au/people/P10676226/

Both these publications are available to purchase at Society meetings, Buckley Library, local Newsagents or via this web site.

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It is with regret that we announce the sad loss of our Magazine Editor Kenneth Lloyd Gruffydd B.Ed., MA who passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of New Year's day 2015.

Ken was a founder member of the Buckley Society and worked tirelessly for the Society over several decades. Ken had edited and published 'Buckley' magazine since 1975 and in recent years edited and published the 'Ystrad Alun' magazine for Mold Civic Society.

A well known, popular and highly respected Wales historian he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and sympathy are extended to Eirlys and his family at this sad time.

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On Monday the 3rd of November 2014 The Town Mayor Ian Peters launched a W.W.1 Exhibition that Archivist Carol Shone  together with the help of other members has put together in Buckley Library.

The exhibition consisted of;

W.W.I information panels;

A timeline and a map noting Buckley casualties;

A new pastel of Fred Birks VC MM;

Exhibits;

Files and information boards;  

(Note the exhibition ended on the 19th. December 2014 but for any information please contact Carol Shone Society Archivist)

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Following repeated requests for copies of the Buckley Railway Album a decision was made to reprint a softback version which is now available for sale. Please see the Publications page for details. 

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A Facebook page is now live which is linked to the Society but is not managed by the Society - find it on Facebook and become a friend at buc_soc 

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Members attending the visit to St Deiniol's Church, Gladstone Library and the Flintshire Records Office on Wednesday the 21st of May 2014 should report to the 'Food for Thought' coffee shop and restaurant at the Library between 10.30am and 11am for a prompt start to the tour at 11am.

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The Society will organise an exhibition to commemorate Buckley in World War 1 and this will be displayed in Buckley Library gallery in November 2014. As part of the project we are gathering as much information as possible on those who served, especially those who died during the course of the war.We are also hoping to discover how Buckley was affected by the war. If anyone has information at all on this period of Buckley's history please get in touch.

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On Sunday the 16th March 2014 Henry Sandon from the Antiques Roadshow will be visiting Theatre Clwyd Mold to present his 'Potaholic' anecdotes from a lifetimes experience. During the show he will be willing to talk about pottery and porcelain brought in by members of the audience and we hope to take some more unusual examples of 'Buckley' pottery for him to see.

Tickets are £12 and concessions are £10, the show starts at 2pm.

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Sales of the below featured Dvd have so far raised £100 and a cheque in that sum from the Buckley Society has been donated towards the Bistre Emmanuel Church fund.

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Nostalgic footage of garden parties and fetes at Bistre Emmanuel Church captured on cine film over several years between 1964 and 1972 has been digitised and the Society is selling copies price £4 each. Buckley Library and the News Centre are selling copies on our behalf. A donation from the sale of each copy will be given to Church funds. See publications page.

 

 

The Making of Buckley and District

In a joint initiative with T. W. Pritchard the Author of the above book a limited reprint has been commissioned and copies are now on sale again at Buckley Library price £20.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                           

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Community Multi Media Archive

Please note that the third edition of the COMMA archive on DVD will be on sale at Buckley Library from Saturday the 2nd. June 2012 price £10. Containing over 5,700 images, documents and entries relating to Buckley and District the archive has grown into a rich resource and is widely consulted by researchers interested in the town. See Community Archive page for more detail.

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Film of Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Buckley celebrations 

A film of the celebrations held 4.6.2012 in Buckley is now on sale price £5.Proceeds will be going to good causes around the town. The film on DVD can be purchased at Buckley Library, the Town Council Offices and Ames' Greetings Card Shop, Brunswick Road.

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Castle Firebrick Sentinel 

The Buckley Society are sponsoring the attendance of the Castle Firebrick Sentinel steam waggon to the 'Back to the future' event on Bank Holiday Monday 4.6.2012. Come along and see a true icon from Buckley's industrial brick manufacturing past.

Martin Harrison collection of Buckley Pottery

This extensive collection now in the hands of Flintshire County Council Museum service will be exhibited in the refurbished museum facility above Buckley town library following the official launch and preview on June the 14th 2012. Martin was a keen researcher and collector of Buckley pottery prior to his untimely death in 2011. Some 250 pieces of the collection will also be available to view on the Peoples Collection Wales web site.

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The next Buckley Society talk is on the first Friday of the month. The meetings take place from October to May each year

See lectures page for details

The new Buckley Town & Heritage Trails leaflet is now available from the Library and Town Council Offices see Publications page for more detail

In recent weeks several web sites have been added on the links page, a useful facility to trawl through for information on local history. In the event of a link failing please try using one of the search engines available e.g. Google / Bing etc. to search for the relevant site address     

Gregory's Illuminated Manuscript

An historic document donated to the Buckley Society is now on permanent display in the foyer at Buckley Council Offices for anyone who wishes to view it.

Dating back to 1888 the ornate and intricate document which was presented to the Gregory family of local Industrialists was a gift from the work force of Mount Pleasant Colliery and is inscribed to the effect ' Your friends and workmen welcome the opportunity of presenting this Address to you as a slight token of our esteem, and in recognition of the energy and perseverance shown by you in proving the mines at Mount Pleasant Colliery and that at a time when great depression prevailed in this neighbourhood. We also desire to express our respect and thorough appreciation of your uniform kindness, affability and earnestness and our admiration of of those business capabilities which have enabled you to carry out the undertaking so successfully. It is our earnest hope that yourself  and Mrs. Gregory may long be spared to live amongst us and to enjoy the fruits of your labours' 

As well as the above information it also contains a  full list of all employees at the Colliery and should prove an invaluable source of information to both local historians and family history researchers alike. Photographs of the family plus a well known photograph of Colliery workers lined up alongside a railway engine in front of the Colliery also appear within the document.

The framed manuscript was presented to the Society by Mr. Michael Kenyon Gregory a descendant of the Colliery Owners for it to be displayed in the Town on a permanent basis. We are grateful to both Mr. Gregory and to the Town Council for making such an important document publicly available. 

Latest Magazine 36 now available

( See Magazine web page) 

Buckley Jubilee Centenary 1856-1957

In a joint initiative with the Buckley Jubilee Committee a film of the Buckley Jubilee Centenary 1856 - 1957 Celebrations has been digitized and is now on sale in Buckley.
 
The events which were recorded on 16 mm film sponsored by the J Arthur Rank Organisation and filmed by Thomas Dempster Jones contains classic footage of Buckley streets, community preparations before the day, the procession itself and activities at various churches thereafter. Professionally filmed it is possible to identify many people involved in the celebrations, people in the crowd lining the streets, as well as Churches, buildings and locations in the back ground many of which have altered or been demolished in the last fifty years or so.
 
For a few minutes at the end of the film it switches to the Buckley Amateur Pantomime Co. Silver Jubilee production of Jack and the Beanstalk, featuring close ups of the Director Alderman Dennis Griffiths JP and members of the cast as well as several clips from the Pantomime itself.
 
The film was thought to have perished beyond repair but with professional help from the National Screen and Sound Archives in Aberystwyth most of the footage has been recovered and restored to an excellent standard.
 
The Jubilee Committee are undertaking all sales of the item from two outlets i.e. F & J News Centre on Buckley Cross and Drury Post Office, the Buckley Society is therefore unable to offer a postal service on this occasion.
 
The DVD which is silent and lasts for 32 minutes is on sale at £4 a copy. All the proceeds go to support the Buckley Jubilee Charity Fund.
 

Footage of the restored Castle Firebrick Sentinel waggon is available on u tube including a visit to Buckley and to Flint Mountain in 2009   

The future of Buckley Baths old building - click on the link below.

http://www.buckleytc.org.uk/index.php?What_future_for_the_old_baths_building%3F 

Note Consultation is now complete.

   
Details of a new site were mailed to the Society in 2010 see below 

http://www.buckleyatwar.webs.com/

Dave the website manager of Buckley at War welcomes information

New DVD released on the Buckley Railway - see publications page

Fast Track Repairs get Castle Waggon out for Christmas 
 
After the earlier reported road accident on the way back from Onslow Park Rally in late August to Stuart Gray's 'Castle Firebrick Co Ltd' Sentinel S4, the waggon had all the repairs completed in a fast track program in time for it's return to Stuart's home before Christmas.  The repairs were carried out in Shropshire by father and son team of John and Neil Boughey from C & G Coachworks and Stuart himself who did a fair amount of running around in the process.  Whilst the impact with the third party has only been estimated by the Police at 20mph, this was sufficient to cause significant damage to the off side of the front of the waggon, particularly the chassis and running gear, requiring the whole front end of the waggon to be taken apart to facilitate the repairs, which included removing the boiler for a thorough examination as the main supporting chassis cross member had shown signs of impact damage from the accident and required repair.  With the front end completed stripped the repairs were relatively straight forward except for the steering box, where the impact had bent the main steering box weigh shaft, which required a new one to be fabricated.  The availability of Sentinel Works drawings from The Sentinel Drivers Club help considerably in determining the exact dimensions and material specifications.
 
With the waggon completely stripped the opportunity was taken by Stuart to carry out some planned winter improvements, including the fitting of a Sentinel pattern spark arrestor and collector box and the fitting of a second filler on the water tanks to allow for improved dosing of water treatment.
 
Stuart would like to thank in addition to C & G Coachworks, John and Justin Goold, The Shuttleworth Collection and James Campbell in helping to get this repair completed in a short space of time. See Old Glory Magazine February 2010 for a feature on the repairs.

 

      

The initial damage didn't look a lot but everything was twisted and bent and the chassis was broken, a complete strip down was needed

  

Above, the new steering box weigh shaft shown against the old shaft now bent and twisted, which can be seen from the oil feed hole

 

This is the boiler being prepared for a thorough inspection.

Repairs complete and a successful boiler test carried out by Jonathan Wheeler


The third edition of the archive will be issued in  2011 and will contain about 5,500 images.
 
Castle Firebrick Co Ltd. Sentinel Waggon Visit to Buckley 29.8.09 An enjoyable visit occurred which was supported by many people from the town and surrounding area.

A brief film of the visit to Buckley is available on u tube courtesy of Mr. John Butler by searching for ' Just another vehicle The Buckley Sentinel'

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fh2...

 The Waggon later visited Flint Mountain a further video clip from which is available on u tube - Log on to u tube and enter Bomber 127 'The Sentinel returns to flint Mountain' into the search box or click on the below link

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWhvK3UoIq4

      Copies of the Flint footage are available direct from 

           Inventive Video Productions www.inventivevideoproductions.co.uk  07 887 885 886

Sadly the waggon was involved in a road traffic accident en route home from Onslow Park Shrewsbury on Bank Holiday Monday the 31st August. No one was injured but the waggon incurred extensive damage to the front axle, springs and steering. It will have to be stripped down and repaired which could take it off the road for several months. Our sympathy is extended to the Gray family who have put so much effort into bringing the waggon back to the pristine condition it was in. 

British Association for Local History

The Buckley Society are now members of the above organisation for further details visit www.balh.co.uk 

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                                    Over 600 copies of DVD sold to date !

The Society has released a DVD entitled 'Processions from the Past' which is a compilation of old cine and video footage dating from the late 1950's through to 1980. If you, your friends or relatives were involved in Jubilee celebrations during that period you may be captured on film. There are also two clips of the Buckley Carnival processions and a Civic Service. A fascinating collection of short film clips, they capture people, fashions, characters, buildings and vehicles from three decades. See 'Publications' page for details.

Note! The Society are still appealing for any old cine film of the Buckley Railway in operation before its closure in the 1960's or details of anyone who might have such footage please.

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Two visits to The Church of St John the Baptist Pentrobin, Penymynydd in the last two years have attracted over fifty attendees both times.They were treated to a most interesting and informative tour of this fascinating Church that was recently featured on the Programme 'Fishlock's Wild Tracks' See website link below to view some of the artwork therein.

http://imagingthebible.llgc.org.uk/main.php?func=showsite&siteid=26 

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On Thursday the 5th February 2009 ITV Wales transmitted an edition of 'Fishlock's Wild Tracks' which featured the 2008 Buckley Jubilee celebrations and a visit to the town library to film the Buckley Society in an archiving session.  

Watch out for repeats if you missed it or search the Internet for 'Fishlocks Wild Tracks Great Crested Newts' on u tube for a preview'