History group’s appeal for ‘new blood’

South Holland Local History Group is making an urgent appeal for new volunteers to come forward and safeguard its future.

The group, which meets ten times a year at St John the Baptist Church in Spalding, regularly attracts up to 50 people for local history and archaeological talks.

But organisers are worried that unless people come forward to help run the group, it could fold after more than 25 years.

Honorary treasurer Gordon Nottingham said: “We’re probably the most successful local history group in Lincolnshire and financially we’re sound.

“But we need key people to keep the group running and we want more members to join us so they can take over roles like chairman, secretary and treasurer.

“It would be nice if people with a genuine interest in the history of South Holland could come forward and help us.”

The group was formed by Roz Pursglove and Gill Clarkson in 1987 for people interested in researching their family history and it became a local history group in 1989.

It is a member of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (SLHA) and together, both groups staged a local history and heritage fair at Ayscoughfee Hall in June this year.

Dennis Wolfe, chairman of the local history group, said: “SLHA help us in every way they can by putting reports from the group on their website.

“We’ve appealed for people to help us but there’s been no response and we need some new blood to ensure our future by having people who can take over from us.”

Anyone who can help should call Dennis on 01775 769183.