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VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP
– ISSUE 8 – JANUARY 2005
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS
The Winter edition of
“Heritage News” published by South Derbyshire District Council and
Sharpe’s Pottery gave a timely reminder that here in Repton we have a
heritage which is worth researching and recording. In their news sheet we
are reminded that in the South Derbyshire District Council area, Repton is
one of the most important out of 22 Conservation areas and that it is also
amongst the top villages when it comes to the number of listed buildings.
These are points that we should all bear in mind when we think about the
area we represent.
PROGRAMME & CHANGE OF DATES FROM APRIL 2005:
1st February 2005. This will be another display evening
when more of our extensive archives will be on display as well as copies
of our projects and of member’s research which are under way or already
completed. It will also be an opportunity for visitors to bring along any
items that you think will be of interest to the group. They could be
photographs, documents, newspaper cuttings or other memorabilia. At
present we are particularly interested in old photographs of village
school classes, sports teams and items relating to WWII. If you have
anything to show us please bring it along.
1st March 2005 this
will be – “Tracing your
Family Tree – the basic steps, a talk by Alan Hiley”
Alan 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.
19th April 2005. Please note that our meetings will change from
this point to normally being on the third Tuesday of each month. This is
to avoid clashes with other groups in the village.
Details of this meeting are
being arranged and will be advised shortly.
the last twelve months members of the group have completed a number of
projects. These have already been documented in previous newsletters. I
would like to bring attention to the following ongoing projects.
Transcription for Repton. Hazel
Blackhall has this well under way and it will hopefully be
Hiley and Jill Kerr are busy typing four C of E school
Head Masters logbooks 1926-1976. These are in various stages of
work, typing or checking. One volume, 1896-1926 has already
been completed. This makes fascinating reading; and is available to anyone
to look at for research purposes.
David Guest and Pamela Carr are currently interviewing the more
“senior” members of the village about their lives in the village in
times past. Pamela is typing the transcriptions onto computer. We have
been put in touch with a lady in Derby who was born in Repton and lived in
the village for many years; she is now 100 years old and would love to be
interviewed. Watch this space!!
Jottings from the Parish
Magazine 1889-1937. This
was started by Alan Hiley in late 2004. Now typed, it has created a lot of
interest and now has the potential to be added to. Parish magazines from
1937 onwards will be made available in the near future to be worked on.
This work gives a fascinating snapshot of village life throughout the
created by David Guest and Ewan Thompson, is now up and running, why not
take a look at it? www.reptonvillage.org.uk
I am sure you will agree it is an impressive website. It gives up to date
information regarding the village, the Village Society as well as our
History Group. This is a good example of using current and future
technology to bring alive the past.
Sandars and Alan Kimber have started looking the History of
religious places in Repton and district, although
this project is in its infancy I am sure it will be of major benefit to
the group and its archive when it is completed.
I hope this gives a taster of
what is happening within the group, and if anyone can spare a few minutes
each day or each week to help with a project, I should be very pleased to
hear from you. You will find we are a very friendly group to work with.
Alan Hiley – Projects
If anyone wishes to contribute
to future editions of the Newsletter, please contact Alan Kimber on 01283
704042 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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