The lambs were enjoying the sunshine punctuated by April showers as 26 Milestoners gathered at Hebden Village Institute for another lively day. Our guest speaker, local historian Maurice Taylor introduced us to the Ancient Right of Sanctuary, including boundary stones around Ripon, then Christine Minto took us on a tour of Scotland, with excellent photography of landscapes as well as mileposts. The lunchbreak gave time to sample Terry Witham and Heather’s delicious cakes as well as to browse the Keegan travelling book-stall and other displays – Frank Minto had produced CDs of the Diamond Collection and Liz Hayes some photo-bookmarks.

The afternoon speaker was June Scott who cast light on the life of the rakish Blind Jack of Knaresborough, from the research by Dr Arnold Kellett. Dr Kellett came along and read a poetic tribute, too.

The final session of contributions from members included Jeremy Howat’s experiences of restoration partnerships and a suggestion about a website for sharing knowledge of restoration projects. As Blind Jack’s epitaph exhorts: “Reader, like him, exert thy utmost talent given” – there’s certainly plenty of talent amongst our Milestoners !!

JS/April 2009