CHESTERFIELD: Probus club hear a talk on the Vikings’ migration route

Twenty members attended the monthly meeting of the Hardwick Probus Club at the Olde House, Loundsley Green on Tuesday, September 24. The meeting was again chaired by vice-chairman John Windle in the absence of chairman Brian Worthy due to ill health although John reported that his recent test results were encouraging.

It was announced that member Ralph Millward had died on September 21 and those present stood briefly in memory of Ralph.

John then welcomed speaker Paul Cutts, a former lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, who gave a fascinating illustrated talk on his journey to follow the migration route of Vikings from Denmark and Norway to the Orkney and Faroe Islands then to Iceland and finally to Greenland in the 10th century. Although it is known that the Vikings also explored Baffin Island, Labrador and Newfoundland in modern day Canada, there is now no archaeological evidence of any Viking settlements.

After a question and answer session Derek Grindell proposed a vote of thanks.

John reminded members of the next meeting on Tuesday, October 22, when the talk Bolsover’s Hidden History will be given by Ian Morgan. Members were reminded that the meeting will start early at a time to be advised.