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Sir Joseph Banks Society Magazine - April 2016

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SJiroseph Spring/Summer 2016 Banks SocietyMagazineDr Cheryle Berry MBE Inside this Issue In November Her period as our chairman has been we Trustees a series of triumphs culminating in the • Dinner at the Guildhall of the Sir “Joseph Banks, A Great Endeavour” • Botanising Banks a lifetime of Joseph Banks Exhibition at the collection in 2014 Endeavour Society were where she introduced our patron • Vanuatu – Bishops visit shocked Sir David Attenborough. No lesser • Society accepts Seaward Herbarium to receive triumphs were her contributions to • Society Archive personal the Banks birthday parties, Memorial • Joseph Banks shop bucks the letters lectures and the unique children’s play trend from their “Jacob and His Amazing Round the • The Joseph Banks Society, the future Chairman World Dreamboat” • A Letter from Bethany Dr Cheryle Cheryle spent many years as • Diary Dates Berry a Head Teacher before rising to Important Note announcing become Director of Education first in If you wish to attend the lecture her intention Middlesbrough and then finally back in the Wren Library at Lincoln Cathedral on the 28th April about to resign as here in Lincolnshire. In retirement Sir Joseph Banks and Iceland then you must register your attendanceDr Cheryle Berry MBE Chairman of she worked tirelessly in the voluntary with Mrs Julie Taylor by emailing: the Society sector. Amongst her many volunteer [email protected] or ring on 01522 561600.with immediate effect. roles were with St John Ambulance New Look Magazinever the last few months theAlmost to make things worse we as Chair of the County Priory Group society has had to cope withlearned that this was on doctors’ for Derbyshire and an Ambassador Ochange and the problems changeorders, it seemed almost too cruel for Schools in the East Midlands brings.that our multiple marathon running encouraging them to put First Aid One change problem we havecolleague of whom we were all so skills on the curriculum. As just encountered has been around the production of the magazine and so weproud should have to stand down one more challenge Cheryle made decided that as change was inevitable we would try and turn it to ourfor health reasons. Cheryle always repeated trips to India to teach First advantage. We have therefore changed the style of the magazine to freshen itseemed to have boundless energy, Aid to the housemothers and older up, which we hope you like.for years we admired the fact that children in an orphanage in the southCheryle seemed to think nothing of of the sub-continent.chairing the afternoon working party As well as being a Trustee andand then the committee meeting Chairman of the Sir Joseph Banksbefore heading back 65 miles to her Society, Cheryle has been a Trustee ofhome at Clay Cross in Derbyshire. several Charities including The CarersThe Society was formed in 2006, Federation, Children’s Links and theher interest in history coupled with Lincolnshire Community Foundation.the a very obvious management style Then there are the marathons,acquired as director of education in Cheryle has completed no less than 14two county administrations made her marathons including the London andan obvious vice – chairman soon to be one New York. After a break she haschairman. every intention of running at least one more for a new interest the Stroke Association.

Dinner at The GuildhallOn October 12th last, the society performed a mix of traditional and dinner in aid of the society appeal to held its annual dinner at Boston contemporary music and songs. help the people of Vanuatu after the Guildhall. Ringrose Law kindly devastating Cyclone Pam last year. Lady Sally Bruce-Gardyne and guests.sponsored the dinner, and as has Boston Guildhall proved to be a very Local caterer Sue Kind provided foodbecome customary the High Sheriff of popular venue; guests were given a and table service.Lincolnshire was our guest of honour, pre-dinner tour of the building and its Trustees are already thinking of nextthe current High Sheriff is Air Vice- collections, which was of great interest. years annual dinner and are mindedMarshal Gavin Mackay CB OBE AFC he In Sir Joseph’s time the building was to keep moving the event around thewas accompanied by his wife. used for formal functions and he county. Lincoln has been discussed butMembers and guests enjoyed a would have visited it many times. Sir venues have not yet been agreed, we3-course dinner and in a change to Joseph became Recorder of Boston in would welcome member feedback onour normal format of an after dinner 1813 and his portrait hangs in the very this and any suggestions would be veryspeaker, entertainment was provided room he would have performed his the talented and popular Chris and civic duties in. Email – [email protected] Hinkins from nearby Moorby who A collection was held after the ukLady Sally Bruce-Gardyne and guests Botanising Banks a Lifetime of EndeavourGeorge Fussey Society friend and stalwart George followed by his University years. These Fussey delivered the lecture, George formative years and the connectionsThis was the title of the Sir is Curator of Eton College Natural and friends made in these exclusive Joseph Banks annual lecture History Museum and former Head halls were to prove useful in Banks held at the Collection in Lincoln of Biology at Eton, he is currently later career and life, one perhapson November 7th 2015. responsible for career education. is tempted to say that some things More importantly as far as the society never change, however Sir Joseph was is concerned is George’s lifelong to use those connections to achieve interest in Joseph Banks particularly great things for which he did not seek as Banks was as a former pupil of the recognition. school. The society presented George with This years lecture was held in David Robinson’s book “Sir Joseph conjunction with the friends of Banks at Revesby” unexpectedly Lincolns Museum and Art Galleries, George gave the society a framed there was a reasonable turnout in poster featuring a botanical print what is a super auditorium within the from the Sir Joseph Banks Florilegium. Collection building. George Fussey will deliver a similar George gave us some fascinating lecture later this year at Spalding insights to Joseph Banks early life Gentlemen’s Society on behalf of the at both Harrow and Eton schools society.2 Sir Joseph Banks Society Newsletter

Vanuatu – Bishop’s VisitThe Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Bridge Street received a Caption Tourism is not yet fully developed and fascinating visit on Tuesday the islands are unspoilt in terms of26th January from Bishop Patteson Church. Most of the Vanuatan schools tourists, society members can join aWorek of the Banks and Torres Island had been government run but due to queue to visit the islands….Diocese. economic constraints brought about by the Cyclone they were handed Seriously, the most pressing need Andrew Cartwright and Deacon back to the Church. The schools are is for education support especially inBrian Macdonald-Mine who are in fact fee paying, about £300.00 per terms of training local teachers. Thetrustees of the Melanesian Mission year but do give the islanders a real society is keen to explore fundingSociety, which has assisted the society chance of getting jobs. options to sponsor a teaching post into liaise with the church in Vanuatu, Vanuatu suggestions from membersaccompanied Bishop Patteson  Receiving the cheque from Society about how this may be achieved will secretary Paul Scott the Bishop be very welcome. Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean said he was very impressed withnation made up of roughly 80 islands Horncastle and the way the Society Finally all of the above wouldthat stretch 1,300 kilometres of which worked and proposed that perhaps not have been possible without thethe Banks Island is a constituent, the relationship could be developed. support, encouragement and adviceThey were first explored by William Bishop Patteson was expecting to of Roger Parsons. Roger is one ofBligh of the British Navy, and named be part of a delegation to the UK the few European people to haveafter his patron Sir Joseph Banks, they in 2018 and said he intended to lived and worked in Vanuatu as partwere charted by Matthew Flinders. bring the President of Vanuatu to of a VSO programme, his adviceThe Islands suffered a devastating visit Horncastle – Could this be the and contacts have been invaluable.cyclone in March 2015. This led the Horncastle’s first State Visit? Roger has also donated a number ofSociety to consider whether in view publications including his dissertationof the Banks connection they ought Bishop Patteson was keen to on the Banks do anything. The Society raised a develop an exchange programmesum of £1300.00 and it was suggested between the society and Vanuatu.that the money should go towards anew science facility at Losolava Schoolon Banks Island. This is the first suchfacility in the islands and as you canimagine the society is very keen tosupport this initiative, in the future,we hope to develop even strongerlinks with this school.  Bishop Patteson explained thatLosolava School was one of threesecondary schools in the northernisles of Vanuatu (formerly the NewHebrides). The schools are boardingschools now run by the AnglicanRoger Parsons Vanuatu 3

Society Accepts Joseph BSeaward HerbariumAs reported in a recent email Despite all of the grim news detailing update, in September 2015, Rutland, the plight of our high streets and Professor Mark Seaward Shropshire, the demise of small shop keepers Somerset, the Banks centre shop has had a super Christmas.kindly donated his Herbarium (a Staffordshire, Director Kate Donald and volunteer Maha Alkazakcollection of pressed plants mounted Surrey,on good quality paper) to the Sir Wiltshire &Joseph Banks Society. Worcester- This collection of flowering plants shire), as Professor Mark Seawardand ferns, assembled over the past well ashalf century, comprises about 858 from five in Wales (Cardigan,sheets (excluding duplicates) of Carnarvon, Merioneth, Montgomeryspecimens amassed by numerous & Pembroke), from five in Scotlandcollectors over the period 1888-1991, (Dumfries, Fife, Lothian, Perthshire &but mainly in the 1950s, 1960s and Stirlingshire), and from the Channel1980s. In all, more than 608 taxa Islands (Guernsey, Herm & Jersey).(species & varieties) in 287 genera There are also specimens fromare represented from c. 330 British, 15 Irish counties (Carlow, Cavan,c. 203 Irish, 19 Channel Island, c. Clare, Cork, Dublin, Fermanagh,302 Foreign & 4 non-localized areas. Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Leitrim,Mounted specimens in folders Mayo, Tipperary, Westmeath,are housed in boxes and filed Wexford & Wicklow). In addition,numerically according to the generic there are specimens from 29 otherand specific numbers provided in countries/regions/islands (AfricaDandy, J.E. (1958, List of British (NW), Australia, Austria, Bosnia,Vascular Plants, London). Most of the Bulgaria, Carpathians, ChagosBritish material has been collected Archipelago, Corsica, Croatia, Crete,from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany,but specimens from 23 other Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan,English counties are represented Liechtenstein, Madeira, Montenegro,(Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Morocco, Poland, Pyrenees,Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Dorset, Romania, Sardinia, Serbia, Slovenia,Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Spain & Switzerland). A catalogueHertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, of the contents has been prepared.Lancashire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Which will be added to our archive –Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, leading nicely into the article below.Society Archive the archive, or is it a collection. or a Library? You can see the problem.Over the last 9 years the society has been quietly gathering Suggestions for a name will be very a substantial amount of welcome.reference material concerning SirJoseph Banks and his achievements. We will also need to raise funds for suitable display cabinets and secure Members have donated many glass fronted book cases, to makeof these books, documents and the collection more accessible. Thereartefacts whilst others have been is also a desire to generate from thepurchased. We have now reached the collection suitable learning materialstage where a suitable method of for people at all levels, from childrencataloguing and indexing is required to adults. This may be curriculumand to that end we are delighted based but unfortunately our lastthat Helen Smith who works in foray into this area was deemedthe library at Bishop Grosseteste difficult due to the narrow focusUniversity has volunteered to help and target driven needs of schoolswith this task. Helen assisted by Jean to achieve results especially at KeyShaftoe have already made a start stages 3 and 4. Our likely approachdesigning the database and putting a therefore will be to produce learningbar coding and identification method material for children at all levelsin place. which will add to their knowledge of Joseph Banks and his work. Again One fundamental requirement thoughts, suggestions, or volunteersat the time of writing is a name for are welcome.4 Sir Joseph Banks Society Newsletter

Banks Shop Bucks the Trend The last year has been a year of team of staff and volunteers meant that of the trip is to help to develop a localtechnical and systems progress with the the rush of trade over Christmas was a community in Nepal and to improve theirimplementation of a new bar coding breeze to deal with. (At least that’s how it quality of life. Therefore all of the fundssystem with management tools and this appeared to the non-participants) raised from the sale of her products intogether with the strengthening of our the shop are going towards funding this We also had a very busy Summer period adventure but also to help the people enhanced by our super garden café which of Nepal. Vicki is already producing new catered for many hundreds of people who products to help towards this goal but will wanted to sit and enjoy the garden with a also take on commissions, next time you coffee and cake. We also held craft fairs in are in the shop make a point of asking to the garden where our Joseph Banks Craft see the snowdrop gifts stand. Guild members displayed and sold their fantastic hand made products. One such Volunteers wanted – we currently member is 17-year-old Vicki Simons who have 15 volunteers working in the shop runs Snowdrop gifts. however as we move towards the summer period we would be very happy to see Vicki makes superb jewellery, which she more, especially in the shop and the has been selling in our shop for about 2 garden although the society itself will years, but like many of our crafters she need lots of help to help us to develop our has a more altruistic reason for doing this. archives, garden, Education resources and Vicki attends Queen Elizabeth Grammar develop services to members. You do not School in Horncastle and is studying for have to travel to Horncastle to participate her A levels. Recently she has started to we have lots of things which need doing plan an expedition to Nepal with a group which you could possibly do at home. from her school in 2017. The purpose Vicki Simons – Snowdrop gifts

The Joseph BanksSociety, The FutureTrustees met recently to discuss how we move the society • Endeavour exhibition at Lincoln to join/lead the team. All agreed forward over the next few Collection that we did not need to rush thisyears. and various names were suggested • Impressive series of talks and for consideration. The society All agreed that great things had lectures to groups structure is a little different frombeen achieved over a relatively short most in that the trustees can makeperiod but with a backdrop of static Developed links with many other an appointment without referencenumbers we needed to make some societies, organisations and groups to members of the society, howeverchanges to focus on, and increase our including overseas organisations. suggestions would be gratefullymembership. received and considered. As seen above, we have achievedAchievements: much; however we have ambitious Leading from this our management plans to do more. Unfortunately structure needs to reflect all of• Creation of the society and centre in without more members and more the activities carried out under the Horncastle importantly active participation we Joseph Banks brand. Trustees agreed will not be able to grow the society. that forming a management team• Joseph Banks tribute garden comprising of representatives from The number one priority at this Joseph Banks Ltd and the Joseph• 3 quality book publications and moment in time is to appoint a new Banks Craft Guild would be one way quality magazine chairman; the trustees agreed that to achieve this and will consult with it was important to look outside of• Established archive, including a the current board for this post, to Herbarium find a person with a fresh perspective Caption6 Sir Joseph Banks Society Newsletter

the respective groups. The trustees agreed to explore as patron. We do not wish to seek The second urgent requirement funding opportunities such as the patronage merely to name drop, we national lottery Awards for All will look for enthusiasts who will addconsidered was the society website, scheme or other more local funding value to the society and its membersall agreed that a completely new site opportunities. and add to the work of Sir David.was required but in the short termwhilst funds are raised for this some Our patron Sir David Attenborough We will continue to offer as muchmajor updating needed to be done has demonstrated to us all how value to members as possible andto the old site, hopefully this will be important this role is to any that includes welcoming memberscompleted prior to readers receiving society, his interest and enthusiasm to get involved in any aspect of thethis magazine. concerning Sir Joseph Banks and his society, including history, research and support for us has been incredible education, marketing and publicity, Fundraising is also required to considering his tremendous workload. publishing, membership services,professionally catalogue our archives garden, horticulture and botanybut also to then develop learning Considering the above, the society and more. Everyone is welcome tomaterials from these. This has always will consider approaching other help the society to grow to its fullbeen an ambition of the society and Joseph Banks enthusiasts to further fact is part of our constitution. the societies interests in the roleI didn’t know that…The society now holds a substantial archive of books and documents concerning Sir Joseph Banks, we thought that it may be interesting to members to extract snippets from them and reproduce them here over the next few editions.Captain Cook Revesby left over and Banks was able to arrangeThe summer of 1779 brought news that one be given to Cook’s widow. He Sir Charles Anderson recorded thatof the death of Captain Cook. Cook wrote to Mrs Cook a letter of genuine when Rennie the engineer visitedhad been elected a fellow of the sympathy, ‘ As his friend I join to yours Revesby he asked if he could haveRoyal Society and awarded its highest my sincere regret for the loss this nation the same postboy to take him intohonour the Copley medal for his work has suffered in the death of so valuable the Fen in the morning. The butleron the methods by which scurvy could man’. Fifty-five years after its award said this could not be done. Thebe prevented. Mrs Cook presented the gold medal young man had been promised the given to her by the Royal Society to customary taste of the Revesby ale After his death the Society the British Museum. In other ways too, and another postilion would bedetermined that a medal should be cast Banks was active on her behalf. In 1780 provided. It was a wise decision asin Cook’s honour and that a subscription he drew up a statement by which the the “potency of the Revesby tap wasbe raised to defray the expenses. So Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty universally admitted and illustratedmuch money was raised that in addition successfully applied to the King for a by the eccentric evolutions of thoseto the silver medals a number were pension for Captain Cooks widow and drivers who came under the over-struck in gold. One was presented to children. powering influence.the King one to the Queen, one to thePrince of Wales and one to the King Extracted from Sir Joseph Banks Extracted from papers of the lateof France. However there were medals by H.C. Cameron Terence LeachA Letter from BethanyI’m Bethany Hayter, 17, a student from Horncastle Queen Elizabeth’s research on branding, fonts and existing Caption Grammar School. For my A-Level products, and inspiration from theProduct Design project I decided to colour illustrations printed from Banks’ Joseph Banks Centre for being my clientscreate a brand, product and promotional discoveries, I decided on the logo, name, and helping me with my project.material based around the Joseph Banks colour scheme and perfume. I latercentre and Joseph Banks’ work. developed the perfume bottle to look like a leaf and a box for the bottle to go With the help of the Joseph Banks in which includes the logo. I am also in the process of making a metal framedcentre I have designed and have started stand to display the perfume. I also had to consider the environment, targetto develop and make a perfume, market, aesthetical appeal and quality of my ideas as well as incorporating theperfume bottle, perfume box and point Joseph Banks centre and Banks’ work. Here are some photos of my work so farof sales display. After deciding that my and the progression of my ideas. Thanks to Kate Donald and the staff at theperfume with include eucalyptus, a plantJoseph Banks introduced to the westernworld, I designed the branding aroundthe eucalyptus as well as other plantsand Joseph Banks name. After 7

Diary DatesThursday, 28th April Prof. A. Agnarsdottir of Hakluyt Soc. Iceland. Wren Library Lincoln Cathedral. 3 to 5pm. Sutton in Ashfield U3A visit to Joseph Banks Centre. 11am.Thursday, 26th May Annual Lecture – Capability Brown, Steffie Shields. Rodney Hotel, Horncastle. Time. Halton Halgate Lady’s Club Centre visit. 7pm.Thursday, 26th May Heckington Show Sir Joseph Banks Society will be having a stand.Tuesday, 14th June Heritage Open Days. “Natural Lincolnshire” Centre will be participating.Saturday and Sunday,30 and 31 July Gravity Fields exhibition, Grantham. Sir Joseph Banks Society will be having a stand Annual Dinner – Details TBAThursday – Sunday, President’s Lecture – George Fussey. Spalding Gentlemens Society. 8pm.11th – 13th September Wednesday to Sunday21st – 25th September October Friday, 4th November Membership RenewalsThe 2016/17 membership renewals are due from April 1st 2016. Fees have remained unchanged. Full singlemembership £15.00. Couple £25.00. Organisation £30.00. Life £200. Membership includes, 2 lectures per year, annualdinner, 2 magazines per year, monthly email bulletin, visits and events and discount on society publications. Society Patron: Sir David Attenborough Sir Joseph Banks Society Trustees Life President: David Robinson OBE Vice Chairman: Jean Shaftoe • Secretary: Paul Scott • Treasurer: Simon Sargeant FCMA,Miss Pearl Wheatley MBE, Lady Sally Bruce-Gardyne, Richard Locke Wheaton, Bob Wayne, Roland Freeman Sir Joseph Banks Centre Bridge Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5HZ • Shop: 01507 526065 Email: [email protected] • Website: Registered Charity Number: 1127728

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