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31 - Editorial - Moving North!

Derbyshire and adjacent counties are a hotbed of Buntings! Society membership and other records and extensive family trees confirm that the number of people per square mile with a Bunting pedigree is as great in that part of the world as anywhere else in Britain.
Unfortunately, logistics and simple geographical 'detachment' have, since the society was created 16 years ago, been a bar to many of those BS members and other interested Buntings, Buntens, Bunions et al domiciled in the Midlands northwards attending the annual gathering at its traditional Alpheton venue in rural Suffolk.
It was therefore decided at a BS committee meeting in March to explore the possibility of holding the Autumn 2005 gathering of the clan in a location more convenient for Buntings living in Derbyshire and points north and west.
We have accordingly arranged for the annual gathering this year to be held in Derbyshire. It will be a one-day event on Saturday October 22. The venue will be the village hall in Tissington, about four miles north of Ashbourne, in the heart of the glorious Peak District National Park.
Many members of the society scattered across the UK can trace Bunting roots back to Derbyshire, and we hope they will take this opportunity to visit or revisit the area. For those whose roots are elsewhere - why not enjoy a day or a weekend in this delightful part of England? We're hoping for a good response from you!
There is a wide choice of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the area, of which the society can provide details. For those wishing to use public transport, we also hope to be able to help with transport from railway stations or bus termini.
At the gathering we plan to have genealogical records available for anyone to carry out their own Bunting research. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be included as usual. There will be speakers and a brief AGM. The cost per person will be £10. Members and non-members are all welcome to attend. Full details and an application form are enclosed in this issue of the journal.
If you have yet to respond, by e-mail or telephone, about your intention to come to the Tissington gathering, Prue James (contact details opposite) would be pleased to hear from you. The application form enclosed with this issue of Gone A-Hunting should be returned to her with a cheque, as a firm booking, before August 31.
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