Leicestershire News and events

Recruitment
We are currently raising money towards the cost of completing the research and writing our first 'Red Book' since 1964, which will focus on the market town of Loughborough. We wish to complete a short piece of research with a new group of volunters on public health in Loughborough, focusing...
The Palace Community Centre, Ibstock
The draft text for our Ibstock paperback history is now nearing completion. More draft sections have now been added online and we welcome corrections and comments. 
VCH 120 Box
Help us to celebrate the VCH’s 120th birthday! We want to fill this box with objects which tell the history of Leicestershire. What should we chose?   We want the objects to reflect as wide a range of periods (anything from prehistory to 2019), Leicestershire places, people,...
Loughborough meeting
We are planning a new project, for the first Leics 'big red book' since 1964. This will be a history of the town of Loughborough and perhaps half a dozen or so adjacent parishes. Do you think this is a good idea? Why?What do you think this volume should contain?Which neighbouring parishes...
Ibstock Methodist Church
We have now researched the history of Ibstock's various Methodist congregations (Wesleyan, Primitive, Wesleyan Reform and the Methodist Church) and this is available to read on the work-in-progress section of this website. 
Following the success of our Charnwood Roots project, we are excited to be raising funds to publish the first 'big red book' since 1964, whiuch will be on the market and University town of Loughborough. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, to be advised of progress and future...
Casting a new bell at Taylor's bell foundry in Loughborough
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As the year draws to a close we are looking forward to 2019. This will see completion of the final text for our Ibstock paperback, due out in 2020, the completion of our Lutterworth research, which will become our 4th Leics VCH paperback in 2021, and fundraising...
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...
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