Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society

The next talk, planned for Monday Dec 3rd 2018, to be held in the Village Hall at 7:30pm, is “What Lies Beneath”. Our guest speaker will be Claude Smith who will explore the subject of what lies underneath our village.

Society membership is £8 for the year and £5 pa for under 25’s. Non members £4 per meeting. All are welcome.

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Our September 2018 talk has already been set and I am pleased to announce that David Wrynn will be hosting the talk with a presentation on Roman Collyweston. David has an extensive archaeological knowledge, and history of Roman settlements in and around Collyweston is something that David has taken a personal interest in.

The final talk for 2018 will take place on December 3rd with the topic being “what lies beneath”. This promises the revealing of some of Collyweston’s slate mine locations along with rumoured secret tunnels. Further information will be announced closer to the December meeting.

Prior to our June 4th meeting talk the Items for the Agenda are:
  1. To Approve the minutes of the meeting of 13th March 2018
  2. Organising Committee a) To discuss and approve a new researcher position.
  3. Members a) To discuss the feedback from the March questionnaire regarding future topics for talks
    b) To discuss new Facebook page.
  4. Any other business
Chris Close
Chairman, Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society

email: cjclose@hotmail.co.uk
website: https://collywestonpc.wordpress.com/c-h-a-p-s/
mobile: 07585 122182


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.
WW1 Centenary

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.




4 Responses to C.H.A.P.S.

  1. Kevin Spires says:

    Today we popped into the village shop to get our two grandchildren with us an ice cream. Chatting with the helper in the shop about my Grandfather who was born in Collyweston she pointed us to the “museum” two doors down. The 2 people there were extremely helpful and friendly. My granddad was Wilfred Robert Spires and his father Thomas Ladson Spires. As we had to rush back to Rugby,we will be back to search the churchyard for any of my ancestors.

    • The Admin Team says:

      The churchyard records are held by Shelagh Busby. If you email me collywestonpc@gmail.com I will put you in touch with her. She can probably lead you straight to the right place and give you some background. I’m glad you met Mr & Mrs Close who keep the museum – very interesting people, aren’t they!

  2. Helen Sagle says:

    I was born in corner green, “the camp” in 1957. Was wondering if there any photos of corner green taken at approx that time.
    Helen Sagle (nee Herbert)
    Ontario, Canada

    • The Admin Team says:

      Great to hear from you! I will ask our village historians to get in touch with you, Helen.
      Fingers crossed…
      – Fiona Cowan

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