GMS Notes No. 31 January 2011


Late again this month. What with work on the website and family commitments I didn’t even think about this month’s wildflower until yesterday. More in desperation than conviction I took my camera into the garden. I was surprised at what I found. A combination of snow,  frost and torrential rain had set back my winter digging, but it hadn’t deterred the weeds.

January Meeting

After our successful fun and games evening last January we will indulge in more of the same this year. Alex Summers will be bringing more of his old time games. Last year we had blow football, shove ‘apenny and several other games. Of course we need sustenance to see us through the evening so if we all bring along something to eat Society funds will provide wine and orange juice.

Last year people talked about games they played with their children or even when they were young themselves. So if you have one of these games lurking about in the attic, bring that along too

Wildflower of the Month


altaltPlants evolve to fill all kinds of ecological niche. Bare earth from fire, falling trees, landslide or cultivation provides a new environment for opportunistic plants to come in. These plants must germinate quickly, come into flower early and produce copious amounts of seed before the more robust plants come in to take over. In gardens they are called annual weeds and may come into flower at any time of the year, although they are most conspicuous in spring and summer. I have pictured here groundsel and annual meadow grass, but I also found red deadnettle, annual dog’s mercury and germander speedwell in flower.



Fee for Fair Charter


The Fine Rolls of Henry III are a record of financial transactions made by the king. The photograph above is of a tiny section which relates to the fee paid by Bertram de Crioll for the charter for a fair at Mongeham. The sentence is third line down. Translated it reads ‘Concerning a fine for a charter.Bertram de Crioll owes the king 11 marks. for a charter to have a market and fair at Great Mongeham.’The entry is dated April 1251.

Although the Latin is abbreviated it is possible to read Bertmus de Crioll (the bar over Bertmus means it is abbreviated from Bertramus) debit (symbol for King Henry) xj marc (owes King Henry 11 marks). Towards the  end can be made out the words feria(fair) and Munigham.

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