Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society
We are delighted to report that, thanks to the kind offer of Chris Close at our December to step into the vacant position of Chairman, CHAPS is no longer at risk of closing.
The continuing members welcomed Chris and responded positively to ideas for the Society’s future. We shall continue to meet quarterly at 7.30pm on the first Monday of March, June, September and December at the Village Hall. Please keep an eye on Colly News and this page for notice of our future programme of talks relating to local history.
We’ll be pleased to welcome new members and visitors to any of our meetings. Attendees at the December meeting welcomed Chris Close as the new Chairman and also expressed grateful thanks to former Chairman Brian Andrews for his significant contribution to the group over the last 26 years – and also to Event Organiser Elizabeth Close for arranging a multitude of interesting and knowledgeable speakers every quarter and providing attendees with tea, coffee and biscuits at the end of each meeting.
The members also wished to remember the significant contribution of David and Elizabeth Close for maintaining the archive and caring for and maintaining the many artefacts which they held in the Museum.
Plans are being made to provide a plaque giving details of the history of the village in line with David’s wishes. We hope Brian and Elizabeth will join us at future meetings.
Chris Brookings, Treasurer ~ 30th December 2017
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Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
Monday 4th December 2017, 7.30pm
The October EGM was unable to appoint a Chairperson or Event Secretary so we’re going to have another go in December! It is felt that without these key officers the Society would be unable to continue. This meeting is called to enable those members not present and any interested villagers to have an opportunity to fill these posts – or failing that, to proceed with dissolving the Society. Dr Chris Brookings, Treasurer, 444432.
Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
Monday 2nd October 2017, 7.30pm
After 29 years in the role, Brian Andrews is standing down as Chairman. It is crucial, therefore, that we have maximum attendance at this meeting to discuss a possible replacement and/or the future of the society.
If you are interested in fulfilling this post or have any further enquiries, please contact Brian before the date of the meeting.
UPDATE : As soon as we know the outcome of the EGM we’ll let you know.
Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society has a quarterly newsletter and meetings, to which we invite a guest speaker to give a presentation on local history. If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like more information contact Brian Andrews or contact us by email to be put in touch.
Come to our next meeting!
It is with the greatest sadness that we report the loss of David Close, who passed away at the end of May. David was a keen rambler and a talented photographer, and devoted co-curator of Collyweston Museum. He loved our village and was a key member of the Historical Society, being immensely proud of our rich history. He and his family have a long connection with the village. And let’s not forget David’s rich sense of humour – I first met him not long after moving to the village, and we chatted and joked while queuing for something in the village hall. He will be greatly missed by so many people. We send our condolences to Elizabeth and the family.
World War 1: Honouring our heroes and celebrating 25 years of CHAPS
Saturday August 2nd & Sunday August 3rd 2014 in the village hall.
CHAPS celebrated its 25th anniversary and commemorated the centenary of WW1 with an exhibition in the village hall. On display were various exhibits on loan from the village archive belonging to David and Elizabeth Close. This included ancient milking and sheep shearing equipment from local farms alongside newspaper cuttings and other printed ephemera on various aspects of village life.
Sandra Johnson donated an old register from formative years of Collyweston School that closed in 1996. This brought back poignant memories for many of our elderly visitors.
Visitors were greeted at the door by a sombre reminder of Collyweston’s past, the restored village bier draped in a Union flag as a tribute to those who fell in the Great War. Other wartime memories were evoked by photos and cuttings.
Elizabeth Close is undertaking research into the families of those young men whose names appear on the WW1 monument in the churchyard. If you can offer any information or help please get in touch.