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REPTON VILLAGE HISTORY
– ISSUE 7 – DECEMBER 2004
THE COMMITTEE WISH
ALL OUR READERS A VERY HAPPY
CHRISTMAS AND A
PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
As 2004 draws to a
close, it is a suitable time to reflect how far our small group has moved
forward in the last 12 months. At the end of 2003 it was still a small
group of people meeting in each others homes and carrying out research.
Early in 2004, at the instigation of David Guest, who was then Chairman,
several public meetings were held to gauge the amount of support there
might be for a more open local history group. This experiment was
successful and although David had to stand down, the Committee continued
to develop this theme. They arranged a series of monthly meetings,
including talks and slide shows, which I believe have been well received
and shown that there is a strong interest in local history
Added to this
programme Alan Hiley became Project Co-ordinator and encouraged several
people to help with various projects we were dealing with. In addition he
and his wife, Gill, undertook the transcribing of several old documents,
some of which have already been published for sale. The “ Minutes of the
Repton Institute” and the “Banns of Marriage for the Repton Parish
1859-1908” are two examples. Our Vice Chairman, Ivor Sandars, produced
an excellent book on the “Blue Bus Services” which has sold very well
during the year. Our photographic booklet “Repton – Historic Capital
of Mercia” was published in June and has proved very successful. It is
hoped that further items can be published in 2005. We also have
representation on the village web site through the efforts of David Guest
and Ewan Thompson who have done an excellent job in publicising our group.
Our current programme
runs on to next Spring when it is hoped that the group will be well
established. The Committee are currently planning events for the Summer
and Autumn of 2005.
We have many ideas
for the future but, of course, these can only be realised if we have a
reasonable level of support. We have started well and mean to carry on
with the good work. Any suggestions that you may wish to put forward, both
for our formal meetings, and for projects and research would be welcomed.
Please contact any of the committee. We also need people to help with the
tasks facing us. We all look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
I would like to close
by thanking all of the Officers, Committee and helpers for their hard work
which made it all possible, also the people who have supported us and made
it all worthwhile.
Alan Kimber, Chairman.
These meetings will
take place in the Village Hall, Commencing at 7.30 pm. everyone is welcome
and why not bring a friend along.
This meeting was a
very relaxed and informal occasion with a large display of both
photographs and documents from our fast growing archives and also a
display of the completed and ongoing projects that our members have been
involved in. It was a relaxed and informal evening where the audience was
able to browse and discuss the large number of exhibits. It is felt that
we have such a lot of archive material that it would be wrong to hide it
OUR JANUARY 2005
The New Year starts
for us on Tuesday 4th January with a slide show of old Repton
scenes with commentary by David Guest. David has been a member of the
group for well over 20 years and has a very extensive knowledge of the
area. This should be a very interesting evening.
OUR FEBRUARY 2005
another Display evening with further material on show. We would also
welcome anyone who wishes to bring along anything they think might be of
interest to the group. This could be photographs of local interest,
documents, newspaper cuttings or other items of memorabilia. Any written
reminiscences of Repton and the surrounding area would be of great
interest as would school photographs showing teachers and classes.
Photographs of sports teams are another item which creates considerable
If you have not
already done so, spare a moment to “read all about us” using the link
on the web site www.reptonvillage.org.uk
– it is full of interesting items both about Repton and district, and
our History Group.
If anyone wishes to
contribute to future editions of the Newsletter, please contact Alan
Kimber on 01283 704042 or email@example.com
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