Leicestershire News and events

When Leicestershire VCH Trust was formed in 2008, we were delighted that Jennifer, Lady Gretton, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, accepted our invitation to become our President. Lady Gretton stood down as Lord-Lieutenant this year, and has also stood down from her office as President of...
Memorial brass in St Mary’s church, Lutterworth, to John Feilding (died 1403) an
It's been another busy year for the Leicestershire VCH team. Following on from the publication of our second paperback, the histories of Buckminster and Sewstern, in October 2017, we have been focusing our attentions on the parishes of Ibstock (in NW Leicestershire), Lutterworth (in S...
We shall be at the following events over the summer: Sunday 15 April - Beaumanor Hall, LAHS History Fair, 10am - 4 pm Friday 4 May - Ibstock Community College - Ibstock in the First World War (and more) 10 am to 3 pm Saturday 5 May - The Palace, Ibstock - Ibstock in the First World War (and more)...
Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust was formed ten years ago to raise money to cover the costs of training volunteers, researching parish histories and publishing the results of that research. We have achieved a great deal since then. We have published two paperback histories, with another...
We are delighted to have been invited to speak at this FREE event on 25-26 November. Maggie Cooper (a very talented artist/basketmaker) has put together an interesting programme, with a mix of talks, films, workshops, displays, demonstrations and guided walks. We will also be selling copies of our...
Buckminster and Sewstern book launch
It was wonderful to see so many residents and former residents of Buckminster and Sewstern and others gathered in Buckminster Village Hall for the launch of our latest paperback. This is a fascinating history of two contrasting villages, Buckminster and Sewstern, which were joined together within a...
Buckminster nuclear monitoring station
We shall be at the Buckminster Nuclear Bunker open day this Sunday, 15th Oct, 10am-4pm at Buckminster Village Hall, where you will also find displays about the Cold War and civil defence. Trips to the bunker start from here - you can just visit the site or climb down and see what's underground...
New book
The wait is almost over! We are holding a launch event on Tuesday 17 October in Buckminster Village Hall for our new paperback VCH history of Buckminster and Sewstern. The book traces the history of two villages within a single parish, which were very different from each other in so many ways....
The Charnwood Roots Heritage Festival
The Leicestershire VCH Newsletter for 2017 is now available, and includes news of our latest book, a history of Buckminster and Sewstern, and details of many of our activities over the last 12 months. These include archaeological investigations, a museum exhibition, the Charnwood Roots Heritage...
The Leicestershire VCH 200 Club quarterly draw took place on 5th June. The lucky winners were: 1st No. 35 £125 (No consent given for name to be published) 2nd No. 28 £83.33 Mr Roger Blackmore 3rd No.14 £41.67 Mr George Weston By joining our 200 Club you are helping to raise money...
Festival of Archaeology
There will be more than 80 events across Leicestershire for this year's Festival of Archaeology. Leicestershire VCH will be at Jewry Wall museum in Leicester (LE1 4LB) on Sunday 9 July, 11am to 4pm (free), and we are also giving talk/tours of St Edward's church in the centre of Castle...
Leicestershire VCH Trust has just published the first book in the Leicestershire VCH series since 1964. The paperback history of Castle Donington was launched at well-attended reception held in Donington Hall on 22 March. The formal proceedings were opened by the Trust’s President,...
An exhibition, Tensions and Turbulence: Castle Donington 1300-1600, opened in Castle Donington museum, in NW Leicestershire, on 15 April and will run to the end of September. It was curated by Dr Pam Fisher of Leicestershire VCH Trust, and marks the publication of a paperback history of Castle...
Book launch
Join us at Donington Hall on 22 March at 6.00 for 6.30 pm for a drinks reception and launch of our new book, a history of the parish of Castle Donington. This is a major milestone for Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, as it is the first book to be published in the Leicestershire VCH...
Leicestershire 200 Club Winners
Leicestershire VCH Trust is pleased to advise that the winners of the 200 Club's December 2016 draw are: 1st No. 40 Mr D Beeson £125 2nd No.28 Mr R Blackmore £83.33  3rd No. 32 Mr R Brooks £41.67 Profits from the 200 Club support the cost of research leading to the...
Exploring Leicestershire's History
Leicestershire VCH Trust thanked donors, volunteers and other supporters on 19 November with an afternoon of local history talks and a viewing of two of the short videos we have made as part of our Heritage Lottery-funded Charnwood Roots community project. After a welcome by our Trust chairman,...
Volunteers getting to know Charnwood’s rocks
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2016 Newsletter is now available to download. It includes details of our research into poverty and charity in Charnwood, land transactions in medieval Buckminster and Sewstern, the geology and woodland of Charnwood, a report of our 2015 Wikipedia event, test-pitting...
The lucky winners of the June 2016 draw of the Leicestershire VCH 200 Club were: 1st prize No. 14, Mr George Weston (£122.50); 2nd prize No. 25 (no publicity, £81.67); 3rd prize No. 30 Mr Robert Collins (£40.83). There were 49 numbers in the draw. March 2016 winners were: 1st...
Come and see us during this year's Archaeology fortnight. We have research displays at Lutterworth museum next Saturday, 23rd July 10am-4pm, you can find out more about Castle Donington church and our recent research on the 'St Mary priest' on Wednesday 20th and Wednesday 27th, both at...
The winners of Leicestershire VCH Trust's 200 club draw for December are 1st prize (£135) - no. 40, Mr David Beeson 2nd prize (£90) - no. 37, Sir Lyonel Tollemache 3rd prize (£45) - no. 50, Mrs Janet Arthur Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all...
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