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The 2009 gathering of Trott families (see picture below) was held in association with the Trout Family Association on Sunday the 13th September 2009, in the Village hall of Knowl Hill – located on the Bath Road between the towns of Maidenhead and Reading in Berkshire.
About our 2006 Gathering in England
Thirty members of the Trott One-Name Research Group
joined 16 members of the Sherwood One-Name Study Group on Sunday, 3rd September 2006 from 10.00 to 17.00 in Dorchester the
county town of Dorset. Dorset contained a large
number of Trott families, and several of our members have ancestry in
| Dorchester is located about 130 miles drive south-west of London with easy road & rail access from that city. It is set in very attractive countryside forever associated with one of England's greatest writers - Thomas Hardy. It is also convenient for visiting the Jurassic Coast of Dorset (a World Heritage
Site). Being the County town, it also houses the Archives for Dorset at the Dorset History Centre which is about a mile from the Brownsword Hall.
The venue chosen was the architecturally-interesting Brownsword Hall (shown here) which is the community centre for Prince Charles' Poundbury model village set on the western edge of the town. Lunch was taken at The Poet Laureate Pub next to the hall.
planned joint gathering for members of the Trott & Sherwood family name
groups took place in the Brownsword Hall at Poundbury on 3rd
September. Poundbury is the new ‘Old’ model village set up by Prince Charles
and is on the western side of Dorchester town. It is certainly very
architecturally interesting to say the least! All the buildings are new but old
in style. The whole place was extremely clean and tidy – there are no road
signs allowed either, which could make finding your way around the village a
little difficult. I
made a mistake and turned off the Dorchester bye-pass too soon and ended up in
the centre of the old town. It was only by a bit of good luck that I managed to
find Pummery Square and the hall.
drive down to Dorchester on the Sunday morning was not very pleasant. The
weather was dull, misty, and wet, quite miserable in fact. Driving down the A31,
across the New Forest is usually very pleasant, but not that morning. I was very
impressed with Brownsword Hall and especially with the upper room where the
meeting was to take place.
don’t think that there were quite as many people attending as there had been
at Guildford in 2003. Perhaps the poor weather put off some of those who had
intended to go for the day.
Phil Sherwood tells me that only about 16 of their group attended, less
that last time. Bob tells me that Edwin Trout was also there but unfortunately I
did not speak to him myself.
was very nice to meet people that I had first met six years ago at Taunton. In
particular, Helen & Howard Trott, who had driven down from Sheffield and
were staying in the area for a few days. Also, Ed was over again from Canada.
Unfortunately his wife, Joy was not able to come this time.
was also interesting to meet, for the first time, Rosemary Figgins (nee Trott)
and her husband Peter. I have recently had some email correspondence with her. Unfortunately
Kay Payne and Margaret Leech were not able to make it this year. Leslie Trott,
one time Newsletter editor, had come from Wigan. On his own this time as his
wife Edith was unwell. The
day seemed to flash by and I was rather disappointed not to have been able to
speak to more people. I did have a chat with Trevor Trott, who is a new member
of TONRG. He had travelled down from Halifax with his wife and had also brought
his sister, Betsy Carroll, over from Evercreech, Somerset.
lunchtime nearly everyone walked across the Square to ‘The Poet Laureate’
pub. A section of the dining area had been reserved for our party. Because we
were quite a large group we had to take turns going up to the ‘carvery’. I
thought the food was excellent but the service a little wanting – perhaps they
were just very busy.
Committee held it’s three yearly meeting during the afternoon – in the
rather small kitchen. Chairman Bob; Secretary/Treasurer John R T, & members;
Edison, Phil Sherwood, John E, his daughter, Gillian Haslam (as a new member),
and myself. We discussed the future of the Newsletter (that is where Ed & I
got involved). Because of the increased usage of the Internet do we really need
to have a Newsletter? The consensus was that we will continue with one and it
will be issued to members via the Internet, and in hard copy for those without
computer access, as has been the recent practice. We also considered the number
of issues per year – should we reduce it to 3 per year or leave it quarterly?
also considered where and when the next ‘Gathering’ might take place.
Probably in 3 years time but could be sooner if there was sufficient interest. A
venue in the Reading or Henley area was proposed, possibly at Reading
University. It was
agreed to ask Howard Trott if he would be willing to become a member (he has now
the time that we had finished our meeting and I had spoken to a few more people
it was time to pack up and go home.
am such that all those who attended will join me in thanking Phil Sherwood for
making for finding and booking such a pleasant venue.
Thanks also to everyone who had been involved for the arrangements.
|Inside the Hall||Sherwoods & Trotts mingle at the Pub Lunch|
Some personal impressions by Stuart D Trott
I did not gain any specific information that I could add to my own
Family Tree (My original ancestors came from Elworthy and Willet, a few miles
north of Taunton but left there around 1850).
I did, however, pick up a few useful bits of detail to add to my Trott
database tables (Births, Marriages, Deaths & various censuses). I hope that
the other members had more success.
I was astonished how the time
flew, just chatting to other members and looking at their displays. You always
think afterwards “Oh, I wish I had spent a bit more time talking to so and
so” or making more notes. I never did get round to speaking to any of the
Sherwood group, other than Phil. I
did, however have an interesting chat with Edwin Trout from Reading. It does
seem very likely that his Trout ancestors could have been originally Trotts, as
the locations for the two groups tend to overlap, especially in Devon. The
TONRG committee held a short meeting to discuss a number of items.
A report of our gathering in 2000, with photographs can be seen on Phil Sherwood's site.