Contributed by: Mr and Mrs Christine PaineBe are now well into our second year as a society, and I hope it proves to be a good and rewarding one for all of us.
The last year has seen a dramatic rise in membership and this trend is continuing following a recent "recruiting campaign" by letter and an insert in "Family Tree" magazine.
The latter came about following the acceptance of the Society as a recognised One Name Study Group. We are registered by The Guild of One Name Studies as number 1696.
The highlight of our year was undoubtably the Annual Gathering on October 13th at Alpheton in Suffolk. As my cousin remarked on the day "It's nice to see some live ones!" having spent so many months among the departed in our numerous pedigrees!
We were delighted to welcome four members from among the descendants of Anthony Banting of Matlock from the United States. None of them had ever been to Britain before and certainly never expected to find themselves being entertained by the present owner of Bunting Field, thanks to Peter Grayson who whisked them back to Derbyshire with him following the Gathering. They left the house where their distant ancestors had lived clutching some fragments of old timbers from the recently restored roof sawn up for them by the present owner! (The old Quaker burial ground is now his kitchen garden.)
Through our American Buntings we met and gained as members, Roy Pearl Bunting and their daughter Heather. Roy and Pearl are now exitedly researching their ancestry for the first time.
I would like to thank you all for your letters. Some write regularly and I feel I have gained many new friends. It is always good to receive telephone calls - especially when they come from the other side of the world! One such from lan Bunton in Australia was a great thrill. Extracts from lan's well presented research may be found under the heading "Tried At Colchester."
Thanks to you, our members, we are amassing numerous photographs of people and places: should you be in a position to supply or require any such material, do not hesitate to contact me.
I do hope that ve shall neet many more of you at our Annual Gathering on Saturday 12th October 1991 at Alpheton in Suffolk.
Those of us who live in the Horthern Hemisphere are looking forward to the better weather and will no doubt be out and about visiting sites and grovelling in graveyards, so I will wish you all a good season. Keep in touch and let us have your news.
The Bunting Society