Contributed by: Jerry Green
How good it is to be putting pen to paper to compile the first Bunting newsletter, which should have appeared in January but for the indisposition of first the chairman and then the editor!
I hope that as time goes on you will find it a stimulating source of interest and information. If you have a Bunting story to tell or have any Bunting history queries, we hope that you will not hesitate to write to me or any of the other researchers listed in this newsletter. We shall welcome suggestions for services or features.
To set the record straight from the outset, I shall briefly tell you about us.
The decision to put out a newsletter was taken on the 23rd September 1989 during our first Bunting Gathering held at Alpheton village hall near Long Melford in Suffolk. The meeting was arranged following the publication of a letter in the East Anglian Daily Times about my great-aunt, Annie Elizabeth Bunting. Letters and phone calls flooded in, and it seemed to me that we should make some effort to piece together our collective information. One or two people learnt of hitherto unknown connections, and we all enjoyed the exhibition of family trees and documents, a buffet lunch and talks from Mary Rix about the Buntings of Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, myself on what I knew about Annie Elizabeth's family and their moves between Derbyshire and East Anglia and George Bunting on his vast personal collection of Bunting memorabilia.
George Bunting has kindly agreed to be our chairman for the first year. My personal feeling is that this is a tremendous privilege.
Michael Bunting is our treasurer. He and his wife Jeanne are keen and competent researchers.
I have agreed to edit our newsletters, and act as secretary.
We felt that an annual subscription of ?2 should cover two letters per year and postage.
We hope you will like this idea and that we shall have plenty of feedback from our readers with further ideas and features.
Our next letter will only be sent out on request.
I would like to thank all those who replied to the letter in the East Anglian and Mention too the help I received from Miss Mary Bunting of Holme Hall, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Sadly Mary died two weeks before I was due to meet her, and without her help and encouragement, my effort would have been much the poorer. I would also like to thank her cousin and mine, Helen Ray of Mewbold, Derbyshire - Annie's daughter -for all her help and for all the happy memories of the farm in days past!
This is YOUR news-letter, and we look forward to bearing from you. CHRISTINE GRAYSON-TOMS.
The Bunting Society