Raising money for Melanoma Research
On 25 November my husband and I ran the Downton Half Marathon in memory of my dad Trevor. I ran it in 1hr 50m, and my husband in 1hr 42m. It was a great (and very hilly!) run. We had an amazing and very noisy support team of my mum, sister and kids – equipped with whistles and metal doorknobs (my 4 year old son’s ingenious idea!).
Thank you to everyone that has helped us to raise over £1000 for Southampton University to continue their amazing research work into melanoma treatment. My dad passed away in February this year from melanoma and was treated at Southampton Hospital with an immunotherapy drug – a new treatment that is giving hope to lots of people diagnosed with the disease.
Last year Dad was watching us run and joining in the celebrations afterwards – he loved an excuse to celebrate – and we missed him greatly this year.
If you would still like to donate we have a Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bridget-kevin
Thank you for your support – Bridget
Well done Bridget!
Thanks to our talented and generous Volunteers (and one or two staff!) and our own Sophia Sample who put it all together, the museum Christmas tree, in all its gold and silver glory, is up at St Thomas.
The St Thomas’ Christmas Tree Festival runs ONLY until 9 December. Please don’t miss it!
Some years ago I recall reading of a plague stone, described as being at the entrance to Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club on the Netherhampton road. I think this could have been in a book describing local walks, but I have been unable to recall the source. From time to time I have tried to find this plague stone, but with no success, this including asking people whom I thought were likely to know.
I was reminded of this more recently when, in helping my son to tidy the loft of a house he’d just moved into, I came across a book, ‘Motor Trips At A Glance in England, Wales,Scotland, Ireland and France’ (1911). This has a chapter entitled ‘Illustrations of Roadside Curiosities’ in which there were photographs of the plague stones at Bury St Edmunds and Penrith (Figures 1 and 2).
Plague stones were often placed at or near to parish boundaries in order for victims of disease, not necessarily plague, to leave disinfected coins in payment for food left for them by townsfolk. Plague stones often had a shallow depression on top to contain vinegar which acted as the sterilising agent.
I was further reminded of the Netherhampton plague stone having recently been lent a book, ‘My Lord Pembroke’s Manor of Netherhampton’ by Henry Shute (1986). Here, Shute quotes one Miss Mould who made the Netherhampton contributions to a little book called ‘Moonrakings’1, published by the Women’s Institute. Miss Mould claimed that the stone on the main road to Harnham, at the foot of the old road to the Race Plain, is a memorial of a skirmish led by Walter in the Civil War. Shute writes that Miss Mould’s memory was faulty and her statements,at times, ambiguous, and that her ‘battle stone’ “would appear to be the plague stone at the crossing of the West Harnham and old Roman roads. Elsewhere in ‘My Lord Pembroke’s Manor of Netherhampton’ Shute writes that traders between the towns of Salisbury and Wilton, when afflicted by plague, exchanged goods by depositing them at the Netherhampton-Harnham boundary, in a bowl of vinegar (presumably Shute means that the coins are deposited in a bowl of vinegar!)
Shute very helpfully included a sketch map of Netherhampton in his book (Fig. 3) from which I discerned I’d been searching on the wrong side of the road for the plague stone. This prompted me to have another search,which again was unsuccessful – not surprising as closer inspection of the map revealed that it actually says ‘Site of plague stone’!
Shute wrote that the plague stone ‘disappeared’ in 1986 when the Parish Council had resolved to identify it with a commemorative plaque.
Alison Kidd’s book, ‘Down Your Way’ (Vol. 1) (1989) gives an alternative explanation of its fate, stating that “A kerb-crawling gardener stole Netherhampton’s plague stone for a rockery…”!
If anyone has any further information or illustrations of this plague stone I would be most interested to receive it.
1. Moonrakings: Wiltshire Stories arr. by Edith Olivier and Margaret S. Edwards. Pub. Coates and Parker Ltd. Warminster. Reprinted 1979 (to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Wiltshire Federation of Women’s Institutes).
Thank you Alan for another fascinating piece of local history.
Hoards During the Earliest Age of Metal c 2 500 – 800BC
Talk by Dr Neil Wilkin, Thursday 29 November 6.30pm in the Lecture Hall. Dr Wilkin is responsible for the Bronze Age collection at the British Museum. £10/£8 for members.
Don’t forget the Volunteers’ Christmas Party!
Tuesday 4 December 2pm – 4pm for mince pies, mulled wine, a raffle and music, and to meet old friends. Please remember to let Bridget know if you are coming.
Christmas and New Year opening
Closed: 24, 25, 26 December
Open: 27, 28, 29 and 31 December
Closed: 1 January 2019
Safely indoors on this wet Tuesday, Volunteers Jenny Maw and Brenda Talbot (colleague Jane Taylor not in today) , together with the museum’s own Val, were planning ahead…for 2020!
Jenny is a member of the Hardy Plants Society and, through their seed sharing scheme, is able to buy seeds at a reasonable price. These will be germinated in the spring and go into our front plant beds to flower in 2020.
It is no random thing. Records and photographs are kept and the types of plants carefully chosen using a variety of references, as well as the four ladies using their knowledge and expertise.
Donations of plants and seeds (hopefully to fit in with the plan!), as well as any suggestions are gratefully received. A recent donation was a number of holly hocks which will go in next year. Thank you to all who have contributed, including the cafe, whose customers particularly enjoy the gardens in summer.
Val says she is looking for two volunteers to look after our back gardens after the retirement of the previous pair there. Tools are provided and Jenny, Brenda and Jane will share and swap plants from the front as necessary. If you are interested in joining this happy crew, please contact Bridget.
The museum’s recent well-regarded and strongly supported Heritage Lottery Fund bid was, as you know, unsuccessful. However, a new bid has been submitted.
The HLF decision will come in mid December. If we are successful, the HLF funding will be £3.2 million, the project will cost £4.4 million and the museum will need to raise £1.2 million to fill the funding gap. Should we not be successful we still aim to transform the Salisbury History Galleries, to restore the King’s House and to launch a programme of learning and community activities to build and grow our audiences.
The museum is therefore starting a major fundraising campaign, The Salisbury Gallery Fund. All museum Members have been approached and we are immensely grateful that many have already responded. However, the figures show that there is a long, long way to go.
Volunteers, by the very nature of what we do, already contribute massively to the running and future of the museum and its collections. The museum quite simply could not exist in its present way without us. However, without a building (and because of its age, it is always at risk) there would be no museum! And Salisbury’s history deserves the best!
Please support the museum in this way if you can. This could be a significant part of the fundraising. It is hoped other funds will come from major Trusts and Foundations and private individuals.
Donation forms are available from Reception or you can donate online by clicking here.
Our own Volunteer Co-ordinator, Bridget Telfer, is running the Downton half marathon on 25 November, raising money for the University of Southampton’s immunotherapy research to save more lives from cancer. All this is in memory of her father Trevor.
“On 25 November 2018 me and Kevin will be running the Downton Half Marathon in memory of my dad Trevor, who passed away in February this year from melanoma. We will be raising funds for Southampton University to do more incredible research work into melanoma treatment. Dad was treated with an immunotherapy drug at Southampton Hospital from January 2018 – a new treatment that is giving hope to lots of people diagnosed with the disease. Thank you for helping raise money for this very worthwhile cause. ”
Full information and chance to donate is here.
You may be buying bulbs, or thinking about seeds for next spring. Can we remind you that we need plants for our grounds? They are beautifully kept by our Volunteers who give of their time freely, as we all do, but plants can be expensive!
There is a planting plan and programme. If you have something to spare that you think we might use, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Bridget, who will check with the gardening team to see what is needed.