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We hope people are enjoying the summer break. Our programme restarts on the 9th September and contains a number of interesting and informative meetings as listed in the newsletter. The Repton Village History Group has produced a collection of old photographs and pictures of the area in a booklet - ‘Repton, Historic Capital of Mercia’. Copies will be available at the RVS meetings or from Alan Kimber. A well worth-while addition to the ‘Remembering Repton’ booklet. 


This year the number of entries was down from the previous year (closure of the newsagents seems to have made a difference!). However the standard was as high as before, setting the judge some tough decisions. There are some new names amongst the winners. 

The winners of the Floral Container and Front Garden Competition are: 


Floral Container

Front Garden



Mrs R Carpenter 56A Burton Road

Mrs Gibbs 15 Pinfold Lane



Mrs S Frasier 67 High Street

Mrs Chell 41 Pinfold Close



D Crockett 2 Burdett Way

A Webster 10 Broomhills Lane



Mrs A Faulkner 1 Mount Pleasant Road

Mr & Mrs Little 10 Chestnut Way


Local Business

First - Redshaws the Butcher     

 Second - The Red Lion

The overall ‘Best in Show’ was Mrs Gibbs of 15 Pinfold Lane winning the ‘Judge’s Rose Bowl.

The prizes (vouchers for Bretby Nurseries) will be presented at the Repton Village Show Prizegiving on the 4th September and have been sponsored by both the Repton Parish Council and Bretby Nurseries. 


In the Autumn we are intending to plant Daffodil bulbs in the slope of the grass verge near the village name sign on Milton road, following a successful similar planting near the Telephone Exchange several years ago.  If you would like to help please contact Alan Webster on 01283 701838 for further details- we do need Volunteers! This is something that the Society can do that benefits the whole Village. We do hold Cultivation Licences for all verges at the village entrances and hope to repeat this work other years. 


Please see the attached sheet for advance details of the planned programme of meetings for 2005. 


Alan Gifford, who is an expert on water and windmills gave an illustrated talk on “The Mills of Repton Brook" at our July meeting. This was the first time in around 25 years that the group has had a speaker at one of its meetings. 

Alan traced the history and activities at the seven mills which were located between Hartshorne and Repton and supported his talk with an interesting selection of slides, including a rare one of the interior machinery at Repton Mill. Over the years these mills gave considerable employment to local people and it is surprising that, what today, seems a quiet stream produced the energy to drive all of this equipment. It was a most enjoyable presentation and we thank Alan for the time he spent with us. 

The History group starts its Winter Season on meetings in September and these will be in the Village hall starting at 7.30pm. We hope that you will find some interesting subjects in our programme and come along and join us - everyone is welcome. We do ask for a donation to help cover the costs of the hail and refreshments are available. 

The next few meetings are:­

Tuesday 7th  September - Slide show of old photos of South Derbyshire by David Smith

Tuesday 5th October - Talk - The Button Box” by Graham Nutt

Tuesday 2nd November - Workshop Evening

Tuesday 7th December - Social evening, Quiz & Mince Pies

Tuesday 4th January 2005 - Slide show of old Repton Views by David Guest

We look forward to seeing you. 


Just a reminder of the rest of the meetings for 2004 

Thursday 9th September - Maxwell Craven who will talk about "Joseph Pickford"

Thursday 7th October - "Jesse Boot and Boot the Chemist" by Chris Weir

Thursday 4th November - "The Royal National Lifeboat Institution" by Richard Dobson

Saturday 4th December - Coffee morning - details to be announced

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