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Our Annual General Meeting in May was followed by an illustrated talk by our member, Alan Thompson, about the film ‘Goodbye Mr Chips’ which was partly shot in Repton in 1938 prior to its release in 1939. A number of local residents were used as extras in the film. This interesting and nostalgic subject has been very well researched by Alan Thompson who has gathered a vast amount of material. Alan will be continuing his research in the hope of obtaining further material. 

Our Group was invited to act as a Festival Partner in the first ever National Forest Walking Festival at the end of May. Thirty seven walks were held in the area, our contribution being a guided tour round part of the village, the Church and the School. The rain held off but the wind helped 25 members of the public along the route led by our member John Ward. John recounted the history of the area and the walkers were amazed at the superb condition of the Repton School buildings and grounds. It was a very successful event. 

It is good to see that our members Alan Thompson and John Ward are taking a very active part in researching and explaining our local heritage. 

At the beginning of June we were invited to have a guided tour of St. Wystan’s School. This enabled us to view the excellently maintained historic buildings not normally seen from the road and to see how they have been adapted to modern use. 


On Wednesday 9th July we have a visit to Carnfield Hall arranged by Alan Thompson who writes:-

Carnfield Hall is an unspoilt Elizabethan “Mansion House” dating back to 1502, formerly the seat of the Revell family and now of the Cartlands.

The house has a very atmospheric interior with three centuries of family portraits, panelled rooms, two 17th century staircases and a great parlour. Collections of furniture, porcelain, needlework, costumes, royal relics, manorial documents, snuff boxes, toys and 18th century fans will be on display. Our visit will be hosted by James Cartland, the present owner. There is a charge of £5 per person for entry. 

The good news is that although this visit is fully booked, Alan is arranging an additional visit later this year. For more details please contact Alan on 701130. 

Please turn over to see details of an evening visit to Sudbury and our Autumn programme.


On Tuesday 12th August John Ward has arranged for a guided tour of Sudbury Village which will be led by members of Sudbury WI. 

John writes that the walk will be around some of the unseen parts of the village led by members of Sudbury WI who will provide a good sit-down supper afterwards. There is an early start – assemble 6.30 for 6.45 start with the supper being served at about 8pm. The cost of the evening is £6 per head inclusive, payable on booking. Please contact John Ward of 01889 567522 or 07743 931402 


September brings us back to the regular Village Hall meetings as follows:

Tuesday 16th September

We have another event with local  connections when Alan Partington will be talking about William John Stephenson-Peach and his connection with the Repton Engineering Workshops. This illustrated talk will trace Stephenson-Peach’s career prior to setting up his engineering workshops on Askew Hill, his involvement in teaching students including those from Repton School and later at Cheltenham and Malvern Colleges and also his involvement with the first ever Morgan car which was assembled in Repton. This is a subject where our group is obtaining a very large amount of archive material .

Tuesday 21st October

Shirley Horton will give a talk, ‘The story of an East Coast Resort’. This will be about the history of Skegness and its development from a small village into a thriving seaside resort. This is a fascinating and humorous glimpse of social history.

Tuesday 18th November

An illustrated talk about ‘The History and Development of Burton’ Brewery Railways’ by Philip Stanbridge. This should be an excellent evening especially for those who remember all the lvel crossings in Burton.

Thursday 4th December – yes Thursday!!

We will be holding a Christmas Social evening – details to follow.



Many thanks to all those members who have already paid their subs for the current year. It is good to report that most have already done so. However one or two are still outstanding and Glenys would be grateful receive them.


A.K. 15.6.08.

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