A local event at nearby Redford proved to be an interesting & well presented talk on the great but relatively forgotten civil engineer, John Hawkshaw. Given by Martin Beaumont, who has authoured a biography recently published by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society, the talk was interesting to both the layman & the railway enthusiast.
Around 50 people attended the talk in Redford Village Hall in West Sussex, which was organised by James Caulfeild who lives locally and is a direct descendant of the Hawkshaws and of the Wedgewoods of pottery fame.
The club recently donated a copy of the book to Hollycombe Primary School in Milland. This was established by the Hawkshaw’s in memory of three Hawkshaw children, Mary, Aida and Oliver, of which two died in childhood (Aida & Oliver). Mary died as a result of complications following childbirth aged 25.