The website has undergone a few changes, some slightly cosmetic but most of the work has been done behind the scenes to keep it up to date and the main change to make the size responsive so it is more mobile friendly.read more
Merry Christmas to all website visitors past, present and future and to members of the Facebook group. A big Festive thank you to all those who’ve contributed and shared words, memories and photos.read more
We’ve had a request from Dr Alan Holdcroft…
Are you a Holdcroft who is interested in genealogy, and with ancestors in Norton-in-the-Moors/Norton Green, or known to be one of the ‘descendants of Walter Holdcroft b ~1600 Norton-le-moors’.
I am a member of an international genetic genealogy group ‘U-106 haplogroup’ whose purpose is to carry out genealogical DNA testing on the Y (male) chromosome, with the purpose of identifying common ancestry in the more distant genealogical past (pre-surnames) and inferring their origins and migrations.read more
To celebrate the first birthday of the Smallthorne History website we’ve had a mug specially designed. There is only a limited run of these so once they’ve gone they’ve gone. All profits will be donated to a local good cause yet to be decided, suggestions always welcome.read more
I recently has a few strange questions put to me so I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things:
I don’t make a penny out of running the Smallthorne History website, I fund it myself and it’s a joint effort with my nephew who takes care of the design and upkeep for which I am grateful.
What I ‘get out of it’ is a great deal of pleasure and enjoyment especially when I can help people.
By contributions I mean pics and words as it gives folk chance to publish something they wouldn’t normally have chance to, especially if they’re not PC literate.
To mark our thousandth member on the Smallthorne History & Memories Facebook Group some kind individuals clubbed together to raise some money for a local cause. Tiddlers & Toys play group at Salem Methodist Church was chosen. We’ve received this lovely letter thanking all concerned.read more
Early this year I looked up and contacted a chap called Ray Johnson who is a well- known local film archivist and asked if he had any footage of Smallthorne and explained that I was running a Smallthorne History Site. Ray said that he had recently been working on digitising some footage involving the carnival queens from the Victoria Methodist Chapel and agreed to let me have preview at a small charge.read more