Tag Archives: Family History

New home-based interest for the winter?

Looking for a new home-based interest during the winter months? Have you thought about researching your family tree or some aspect of local history? We have added some new resources to the village web site which you might find helpful.

Chris and Gill Turner have compiled a booklet of Gill’s uncle Sid Martin’s memories of village history and characters, written by Sid between 1995 and 1999.

We have pulled together items about the village which appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle and other local newspapers between 1774 and 1920.

A couple of online collections of village photos have been started. You can see these on Flickr.com. If you are sorting out your family photos, you might consider sharing any which relate to Dry Drayton.

During the current pandemic, Cambridgeshire Libraries have made the family history site, Ancestry, available to readers from home, free of charge (saving a subscription of over £100). Archives from the Times and Guardian are similarly available from home.

As a family history taster you will find on the village web site a transcript of the 1891 Census for Dry Drayton.

All this can be found at www.drydrayton.net/history.asp.

Harvest services and family history

Harvest Services

We understand that there have been amendments to the times of Harvest services.

Church service: 11am on Sunday 15th (half an hour later than previously advertised)

School service on Thursday 19th September is now 11am (i.e., morning, and not afternoon, as advertised)

The Ceilidh is still at 6pm on Friday 20th September.

Posters with the correct details will be put up around the Village.

Family History

For those of you interested in family history in Dry Drayton – we have received a query from a lady researching her family tree who is asking if anyone is familiar with a family by the name of “Heard” in connection with Dry Drayton.

DryDrayton.net Village E-Mails, Events and Information

Dear All,

There are a number of exciting things afoot in and around Dry Drayton as 2015 gathers momentum. We also have some village related information requests.

1. Whether you supported the “Yes” or “No” vote for Scottish Independence

You are welcome at The Dry Drayton Burns Supper on Saturday 31st January 2015, 7:00 for 7:30pm. This is a traditional Burns Supper with haggis, ‘neeps and tatties, Scottish dancing and a chance to dance yourself – with expert guidance provided. Tickets at £12.50 per person (cheques to ‘Dry Drayton Village Hall’). Tickets available from Marlene and Fred Northrop, 28 Pettitt’s Lane 01954 789525 treasurer@drydraytonvillagehall.org.uk  NOTE: Bookings to be received by 24th January and must be paid for in advance as there will be NO ticket sales on the day. There will be a raffle – donations of prizes will be welcomed

2. Dry Drayton School and Village Association – Notice of AGM, Thursday 26 February 2015 7.30pm.

Your School and Village Association needs you! The Annual General Meeting will take place at the School Hall at 730pm. All village residents as well as parents with children at the school / preschool are warmly invited to attend. Attendance has been low at recent meetings and the S&VA needs YOUR support. Please come along to share ideas about fund raising to benefit YOUR school and YOUR village.  The Committee look forward to welcoming you.

3. Lost in Dry Drayton!

S&VA have misplaced their beloved Tombola! Last spotted at the school bingo in early 2014. It is painted cream and red and very much missed. There is a small reward for anyone who can offer sightings, clues, or ideas as to its whereabouts leading to its return to its pining owners. Please contact any committee member (Roger Swain, Lorna Carter, Scottie Hawkes or Fiona McLeman).

4. Wanted in Dry Drayton!

Since Katherine Vousden moved to Bourn, the S&VA  has sorely missed her efforts as our secretary. They are looking for someone to join the S&VA committee and to take on the role of Secretary. Please contact any committee member for more details about what is involved or chat to them at the AGM. They look forward to hearing from you.

5. Meanwhile – just down the road we have – Twilight at the Museums, Wednesday 18th February 2015 4.30 – 8.30pm

Twilight at the Museums is almost here and we are getting ready for destination exploration! It’s time to make the most of those long winter nights as museums and collections across the city open their doors for after dark fun. With thirteen venues offering an exciting range of drop-in and bookable events throughout the evening, there will be loads for families to see and explore. Why not take part in some torch-lit space exploration at the Whipple Museum; discover a world of deep sea darkness at The Polar Museum; or create some ‘Creatures of Twilight’ at the Museum of Cambridge? The evening is all about fun and discovery and remember, the more places you visit, the more you will be able to see and do. Pick up a Twilight ‘What’s On’ guide and passport from participating venues to help you plan and record your journey. So wrap up warm, grab a torch and get ready for adventure!www.cam.ac.uk/museums/twilight

6. Family History Request for Information No 1/2015 – Woodley Francis 1798. Can anyone help?

John Mills from Sussex writes “I am trying to trace my family history and have reached back to a marriage in 1798 at Madingley Parish Church. The couple were Woodley Francis and Mary Clements. Woodley Francis came from Dry Drayton and was a farmer. Mary Clements came from Madingley. I am therefore looking for any information relating to the Francis or Clements families. I have used the services of Cambridgeshire Archives Service to get this far but they cannot find the origins of Woodley Francis.” Reply please via webmaster@drydrayton.net

7. Family History Request for Information No 2/2015 – Pettitts Lane – Mitchell – one generation back. Can anyone remember?

Kathy Cox writes to ask: “I am putting together my family tree and I found out that my father (deceased) had a half brother called Patrick Edward Mitchell from Pettitts Lane, Dry Drayton. Their father would have been Frederick Charles Mitchell from the Isle of Sheppey. I was wondering whether there would be any information on the possibility of any extended family.  Much appreciated. Kathy Cox” Reply please via webmaster@drydrayton.net

8. Patio doors for sale in Dry Drayton

One set of Dry Drayton Patio Doors still available for bids until 7th Jan. If you are doing home improvements you may be interested in these doors which are for sale somewhere in the village. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UPVC-patio-doors-/141522035217

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