This month has proved to be very busy for ELHAS taking
in four very different events.
On Saturday 10th October members visited the Yorkshire Museum in York to view "The Viking Hoard". We were keen to see this exhibition as we had had a most interesting talk about it last year by Amy Cooper, the finds liaison officer who received the hoard from the finders. This major Viking hoard was discovered intact near Harrogate by metal detectorists David and Andrew Whelan in January 2007, Packed inside a silver gilt bowl, the hoard contains a mixture of Viking treasure, including precious metal objects, coins, ornaments, ingots and chopped-up fragments known as hack-silver. Although we had been excited by the photographs shown to us by Amy, this was nothing compared to seeing them in reality. The Hoard, worth over £1,000,000, will be on display at the Yorkshire Museum until November 1st and will then transfer to the British Museum in London..
Friday 16th October saw Jacki and Bob Lawrence visiting Manston St James Primary School to give a talk to year one pupils. A selection of photographs of Cross Gates past and present were shown, to accompany a brief history of the area over the last 200 years. The half hour presentation was very well received by the children, and teachers who were intrigued to see old pictures of parts of Cross Gates they know today.
On Sunday 18th October, the last of this sequence of events
was an invitation to Jacki and Bob Lawrence to attend the sung Eucharist
at St Mary's Church, Whitkirk, to commemorate the life of John Smeaton,
and the 250th anniversary of the completion of the Eddystone Lighthouse.
Among the invited guests were the Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds, George Mudie
MP, a representative of Trinity House, (the organisation responsible for
the care of lighthouses) and Christopher Severn, author of the historical
novel, 'Smeaton's Tower'. Before the service the choir from Austhorpe
Primary School sang hymns, and during the processional hymn, two children
from the choir laid a wreath on John Smeaton's grave. James, Bishop of
Knaresborough, gave an eloquent sermon emphasising the personal qualities
of John Smeaton, which enabled him to complete such a dangerous and difficult