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In the February issue of the Newsletter, we advised you that the Repton Village History Group (RVHG) was in discussion with Repton Village Society (RVS) about a de-merger. This was dependant on a vote by members of the RVS to change their constitution. A joint statement was issued by the Chairmen of both groups about the move. At the Annual General Meeting of the RVS on 3rd March 2005, this change was approved, meaning that the Repton Village History Group is now an independent body. 

The Committee of RVHG has produced a Constitution to meet this situation which is available to any interested party to view. This sets out the Group’s objectives in a clear and concise manner should we wish to apply for grants at any time in the future. The RVHG can now have members in its own right and in 2006 have an AGM and elections for Officers and Committee. We currently have a steering committee which is place until that AGM. 

In considering membership, we have set the Annual subscription at £3.00 for single membership and £6.00 for Family membership. The membership year commences on 1st April and runs to 31st March the following year. Please give us your support by joining now. David Guest is our Membership Secretary and will be pleased to enrol you as members of the group. 

Entry to our meetings has been changed from a “donation”, to £1.00 for members and £2.00 for visitors. This fee together with the income from the raffle is designed to off-set the quite high cost of room hire, any fees paid to speakers and any equipment we might need to hire for meetings. It also helps towards the very high cost of Public Liability Insurance which we feel is necessary. 

Our main aim is to create a social club for those interested in the history of the area and to collect, display and save items of interest. We also aim to encourage participation through talks, lectures, projects and research. 

Should you wish to ask any questions about these changes, please speak to any members of the Committee. 

We thank you for your support and look forward to an active and successful future.



This will be another of our popular Display evenings. More of our archives and projects will be on show. It is another opportunity to come along and reminisce, share your memories with others and show us any old photos or documents you may have, especially any relating to World War 2.  

TUESDAY 21st JUNE – “World War Records held at the Magic Attic”. A talk by Keith Foster. The Magic 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 over many months by members of “The Attic” and is a comprehensive record and a most useful tool for local people who are tracing their family history. 


The organisers of this popular village event are again staging it over two days. The History Group will be contributing to the activities with a photographic display in St Wystan’s Church. Our publications will also be on sale there. Make a note in your Diary and come along and visit us. 


We have had an enquiry from the daughter of Wilfred and Ann Brooker who lived firstly on the Crescent and later at 4, Milton Road in the 1950’s. Wilfred made a Doll’s House for his daughters which was later given away in the 1970’s to another Repton family. Does anyone have any recollection of this or know if it still exists. If so please ring 01283 704042.


If anyone wishes to contribute to future editions of the Newsletter, please contact Alan Kimber on 01283 704042 or


It has been decided that our group will stage another major photographic and documentary exhibition early in 2006. Many people have requested a repeat of the very successful “Remembering Repton and Milton” event that we staged in early 2003. It therefore seemed appropriate that we should have another one in 2006 which many of you will be aware is the 1350th Anniversary of the consecration of the first ever Bishop of Repton. A large amount of new material has been obtained since 2003 and will be included. It is early days in the planning of this event so we will keep you informed as the year goes by.

A.K. 15.4.05

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