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REPTON VILLAGE HISTORY
– ISSUE 12 – MAY 2005
It is with
great pleasure that we announce that Colin Kitching has accepted an
invitation to become our first Honorary President on behalf of himself and
his wife Betty. They have both been an inspiration to the group over many
years and we owe our existence today to their enthusiasm and drive in
researching and recording the history of Repton.
successful and well attended meeting was a talk by the Rev. Dr. Stephen
Orchard, Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge and a member of a
very long standing Repton family, who told us about William Astbury, his
diaries and especially about his Repton Diary of Summer 1843. At that time
Astbury spent three months in the village. In 2000 our group published the
Repton Diary which vividly described life in Repton and the surrounding
area. Stephen Orchard expanded on the subject by a fascinating and witty
description of the life of William Astbury, and all of his diaries which
he has spent many years transcribing and amounting to over 600,000 words.
It was an evening to remember.
Newsletter outlined the new format of our group and it is very pleasing to
note the excellent number of people who became paid up members at the
first opportunity. Our Membership Secretary, David Guest, was kept busy
during the meeting and looks forward to more people joining in the coming
months. Membership is £6.00 per year for Families and £3.00 for single.
The membership year is April 1st to March 30th
annually. We have an excellent and varied programme so hope to have
something of interest to everyone.
Open Gardens Weekend Saturday & Sunday 18th and 19th
organisers of this popular village event have again invited us to have a
display of photographs on show in St. Wystan’s Church and also have some
of our publications on sale. We hope our members will support the event
and also call to see our display.
21st June – “World War records held by the Magic Attic”
– a talk by Keith Foster.
Attic at Swadlincote holds many thousands of records taken from the local
press. These tell of the deaths and injuries sustained by local members of
the armed forces in both World Wars. It was all researched by volunteers
at “The Attic” and is a comprehensive record of the terrible
consequences of war. It was a mammoth task to undertake and is a great
asset for the present and the future when people are tracing their Family
19th July – “The Findern Trail”
will assemble at Findern Village Green at 7.00pm. Car parking is at the
Village Hall just along the road). The walk will commence at 7.15 and last
approx one hour and then go to the Church for a talk about the Church. It
is expected that the formalities will end at approx 8.45 when we could
visit the local pub. If it rains we might get there earlier!
As there is
a limit of 25 on this event, bookings must be made in advance to Alan
& Gill Hiley (Tel: 01332 273445). In the event of the numbers being
above 25, preference will be given to paid-up members. The cost is a
donation to Findern Church of a minimum of £1.00. Findern Trail leaflets
will be on sale at 50p
– No meeting
20th September – “A
Backward Glance at Childhood Games” – a talk by Maureen Newton
Meeting will be a display evening mainly devoted to the School Log Books
and school photographs. We are continually obtaining additional pictures
of classes and school sports teams but would like to add more all the
time. Remember they do not have to be exceptionally old – last year is
now history! If you can help, please bring them along to any of our
meetings. The sooner the better so that we can scan and print them ready
OUR COMMITTEE AND WHO DOES WHAT.
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