William Cox Day rolled around on the 19th of July again, and as always it was a very enjoyable day for all concerned. We were there early and had our archaeology display set up and ready for the opening.
It was a pleasant surprise that so many people turned up early as the morning was a bit cold. We were in the same location as before and people now are looking for us and our display.
On the night of 22nd July, several members attended a different form of outing to our normal archaeological one. We went to Penrith Library where there was a talk on the history of the meat pie by Anne Arthur, and the equipment used in making pies by local Tom Lindsay. Both were very interesting and knew their subjects, there was also a musical interlude provided by a Coral group, very entertaining.
The evening was very enlightening, entertaining and the pies delicious.
Our AGM was held on the 1st of August and everyone was re-elected to their positions.
Several subjects were discussed including some amendments to our Constitution bringing it into the 21st Century.
Fees were changed from $10.00 a year, to $20.00 a year.
The 12th September was Penrith’s Bi-Centenary and the celebrations were centred around the oval at Thornton, a new estate on the northern side of Penrith Railway Station.
There were stalls, jumping castles for the kids, dancing by local dance groups, music, food and various information stalls. A very entertaining day.
One hopes that members of the Archaeology Group will attend the Sestercentennial Celebration of the foundation of Penrith.
We had also been invited to participate in the Richmond Jubilee Celebrations, so one week later on the 19th September we were again in a stall, this time, in Richmond Park in the centre of Richmond. It was a very hectic day, Richmond being a very historic town the people had a lot of information to share with us, and a lot of questions to ask.
There were plenty of stalls with food, plants, bric-a-brac, locally produced goods, a farmers market and historical interests. There were also 2 double decker buses and a steam train giving rides to Clarendon and back.
We are planning to have an open day at our workshop in Station Street Penrith on Sunday the 8th of November this year, so are starting to plan this now. We will be placing an ad in a local paper as the day gets closer and letting people know by Email.