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REPTON VILLAGE HISTORY
– ISSUE 6 – NOVEMBER 2004
The October meeting was well
attended and it was pleasing to see more new faces among the audience.
Graham Nutt was the speaker talking about “The Button Box”. Graham, as
many of you will know, was the driving force behind setting up and running
the “Magic Attic” archives located in Sharpe’s Pottery at
Swadlincote. He is also a weekly contributor to the Burton Daily Mail’s
feature “The Mail Remembers”.
Graham commenced his talk with
a brief history of the “Magic Attic” from when it was first formed in
the 1980’s to its current situation. He then went on to give a most
unusual talk about growing up in South Derbyshire and complemented this by
producing different mementos from two large boxes. These contained all
manner of items, most of which would have been commonplace in houses in
those days. The list of things is too numerous record but they included
sheets of toilet paper, packets of Woodbines, Identity Cards and Ration
Books from war-time, a hand
grenade, old records and film annuals, a risqué postcard, – etc, etc.
It was obvious by the reaction of the audience that he brought back many
memories of days gone by and all agreed that it was a most enjoyable
OUR NOVEMBER MEETING.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday
2nd November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when we will be
holding our first Workshop evening. This is your opportunity to see some
of the research projects that have been, or are being undertaken and to
view some of our archives. It is also your opportunity to make your
suggestions and comments and, should you wish, to take part and make
yourself known to us.
Tuesday 7th December
This meeting is being
organised by Gill & Alan Hiley and
is intended to be a Social evening to get people in
the festive mood. There
will be a couple of light hearted quizzes, mince pies etc. Come along and
Tuesday 4th January
We start our 2005 New Year
programme with a Slide Show of old Repton scenes with commentary by David
Guest. David has been an active member of the History
Group for many years and has an excellent knowledge of the history
of the area.
Tuesday 1st February
Will be a further Workshop
evening. Details to follow.
VILLAGE SOCIETY COFFEE MORNING SATURDAY
As reported in the previous
edition of this Newsletter, the Village Society with whom we have a close
association is holding a Coffee Morning in the Village Hall between 10am
and 12 noon on this date.
The History Group has been invited to mount a display of old photographs of the area.
These displays are always very popular. In addition, members of the public have been invited to display their personal hobbies and crafts. There will be a tombola stall and coffee and mince pies. History Group publications will be on sale – they make very good Christmas presents! This should be an interesting event and well worth a visit. Admittance is free. For further information please contact Alan Webster of 01283 701838.
If anyone wishes to contribute to future editions of the Newsletter please contact Alan Kimber on 01283 704042 or E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL FIRE BRIGADE.
In 1894 a thatched cottage on Willington Road, which stood where the Red House is now located, caught fire and was virtually burnt down. This was caused by a spark from a passing traction engine which set the roof on fire. Repton School Fire Brigade had just had a new fire engine (probably the one shown below) and its first job was to deal with the blaze.
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