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VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP
– ISSUE 9 – FEBRUARY 2005
OUR JANUARY MEETING
We started off the year in
splendid form on 4th January, with a slide show and commentary
by one of our founder members, David Guest. He brought along about 100
slides of old Repton and a full Village Hall was reminded of how things
have changed in the village over the years, especially within living
memory. It was a truly excellent presentation which, judging by the
reaction of the audience brought back many memories and was much
1st March. This
will be – “Tracing your
Family Tree – the basic steps, a talk by Alan Hiley”
comments - To many people, family history and local history are two
separate items; nothing is further from the truth. The two subjects are so
closely associated. I started my
family history many years ago using old documents, maps, photographs and
many local records. You cannot separate family history from local history.
A lot of people are wary of starting to trace their own family history,
not knowing where to go or what to look at. After my talk I hope to dispel
fears that you may have regarding this subject and hopefully start you on
the trail to find your elusive or not so elusive ancestors and learn where
they fitted into the local history.
NOTE THAT OUR MEETING DATES CHANGE AFTER THIS EVENT. FROM APRIL THEY WILL
BE ON THE THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.
19th April. A
talk by the Rev. Dr Stephen Orchard entitled “Why
William Astbury came to
Repton”. Several years ago, the History Group published a book
about Astbury’s time in Repton, copies of which are still available for
sale. This was an account of his time in Repton in 1843 and told us a lot
about life in the village in those days. This talk should tell us more
about William Astbury and his life.
A full programme for the rest
of the year will be published very shortly.
IN THE GROUP
As you are aware the RVHG is
currently affiliated to Repton Village Society. Over the last year or so,
the group has developed considerably from being a small private research
group to become a larger group with public meetings and participation. In
view of this, it has been seen as appropriate by both groups, that our
relationship with the Village Society should be reviewed and the following
joint statement is now being
made to members of both groups. This requires a change in the Constitution
of the Village Society which will be dealt with at their AGM on 3rd
March. Further details will be announced shortly.
STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMEN OF REPTON VILLAGE SOCIETY AND REPTON VILLAGE
In 2001, The Repton Village
History Group merged with Repton Village Society because the activities of
the History Group had dwindled and there was a need to protect the
considerable assets and archives relating to Repton and District.
The History Group is now back
on a secure foundation and it has been amicably agreed that it would be
simpler and easier for the two groups to operate independently and to
compliment each other for the benefit of the community.
It is intended that this will
come into effect after the Annual General Meeting of Repton Village
Society on 3rd March 2005.
The Committees of both groups
are agreed that this is the best way forward.
Signed: Peter Rainey, Chairman Repton Village Society.
Kimber, Chairman Repton Village History Group.
Just to remind you that we are
looking particularly for photographic and documentary details of the
history of the village school and World War II. We would like to copy
these for future display. Please contact Alan Kimber (01283 704042) if you
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