Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society
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.
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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.