The Warburton Days in London and Altrincham provided some interesting discussions and inputs, but the numbers were low. In fact only one attendee from last year returned this time.
In one way the lower numbers were an advantage as I was able to spend time with nearly all the attendees, as well as giving a short talk on the project and its origins. Amongst the things provided, or uncovered on the day were the story of Leonard Arthur Warburton’s escape via the Comete Line evader network after being shot down in 1941, new branches of the Mobberley and Warburton Village clans, and a new family from Culcheth in the parish of Winwick who used the chapel at Newchurch Kenyon for their baptisms.
As well as Leonard Arthur’s story I have two others sent to me shortly before the events, one concerning midget car racing in the 1930s, and one from a living artist in Wales. I shall write up all three in the coming days
The weather was atrocious in Altrincham, which may have affected attendance, and I know the date wasn’t as convenient for some as the October date last year. However though I thought people might be keen to meet distant cousins and fellow Warburtons on a regular basis, maybe this is not the case. Some one-name studies have societies which meet regularly but I have tried to avoid the admin involved in such a formal approach.
As an alternative it was suggested that a facility be provided on the website for people to communicate with each other, either in the search for fellow clan members, or to raise queries and issues of interest to the Warburton community.
To that end I intend to explore the creation of a Forum within the website. You might notice something appearing in the next few days as I experiment, but it will only be available for use when I have a satisfactory setup, and have formally announced it.