Come to our next talk!

The Quest for Collyweston’s past

As kids, being raised in Collyweston, we were always busy in the summer holidays, spending hours playing football and exploring the many areas of Collyweston from natural springs right through long bike rides. At that age, we never really took a moment to pause and realise what was going on around us or to work out or sense of place or belonging.

Today, as adults, it’s easy in our busy lives to forget how beautiful our village is, or to appreciate the heritage of our village. When asked about Collyweston’s heritage and history, many people will simply respond with “slating” or “the High Street” without ever really understanding how historically-blessed Collyweston has been over the years.

How many of you know that Collyweston has had a Palace to which King Henry VIII lived at as a young boy? Are you aware that Collyweston used to have five pubs? Do you know that Collyweston has Roman villas and temples in the Collyweston boundaries? Our area is so old that we have evidence of Mesolithic/Early Neolithic activity between Collyweston and the River Welland.

With our village containing such a rich historical past, CHAPS (Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society) was set up over 25 years ago to try to understand and uncover some of our hidden treasures. Some of the stories from our long standing residents and members are truly breathtaking.

If you are a new or longstanding Collyweston resident, and would like to find out more about the fascinating past of our village, then come along to our next quarterly meeting, Or contact me and I’ll be happy to help.

In 2019 we have some of the most exciting projects planned, including a full scale search of the extent of our Collyweston Palace.

Chris Close, chairman of CHAPS                                                     September 2018

 

COLLYWESTON Historical & Preservation Society

invite you to a talk on

Roman Collyweston

The rich historical past of Collyweston is older than you think. Chris Close will present a one-hour talk on Roman settlements in and around Collyweston.

        Starts 7.30pm, Monday 3rd September 2018
                        in Collyweston village hall

Free for members of CHAPS – £5.00 for non members

Monday 5th June 2017

An illustrated talk by Phillipa Massey

Our Daily Bread: a brief history
of food and drink

7.30pm in Collyweston village hall. All welcome!
Members free/non members £4.

For more information contact Brian Andrews 01780 444421.

 

 

 

 

Monday 6th March 2017

A presentation by Phillipa Massey

Care in the Community: a brief history
of caring institutions

7.30pm in Collyweston village hall. All welcome!
Members free/non members £4.

For more information contact Brian Andrews 01780 444421.

 

Monday 5th December 2016161130-kettoncement

The History of Ketton Cement Works

A presentation by Stewart Jones

7.30pm in Collyweston village hall. All welcome!
Members free/non members £4 including festive refreshments.

For more information contact Brian Andrews 01780 444421.

Monday 5th September 2016

The History of BRM
– an illustrated talk by Jonathan Smith

7.30pm in the Village Hall * Members free/Guests £4

160905 BRM

 

 

 

 

 

Light refreshments will also be available.

Monday 7th March 2016

Notable Masters of Stamford School
– an illustrated talk by Will Phelan, Headmaster

7.30pm in the Village Hall  *  Members free/Guests £4

 160219 Historic front of Stamford School

The Battle of Hohenzollern Redoubt 13th October 1915
During the Battle of Loos 25t Sept-14th Oct 1915
– a presentation by Philippa Massey

Monday 7th December, 7.30pm in the village hall

Members free * Guests £4 * All welcome * Festive refreshments included

Contact Brian Andrews (chairman) or Elizabeth Close (events organiser) via this page or vist page 17 of the December Colly News.

The Early History of the Lords Willoughby

– a talk and presentation by Mr Chris Thorley

Monday 1st June, 7.30pm in the village hall

Members free * Guests £4 * All welcome * Light refreshments included

Contact Brian Andrews (chairman) or Elizabeth Close (events organiser) via this page.

 

 

 

A History of Tolethorpe Hall and the Stamford Shakespeare Company
– an illustrated presentation by Mike Harrison

Monday 2nd March, 7.30pm in the village hall

Members free * Guests £4 * All welcome * Light refreshments included

Contact Brian Andrews (chairman) or Elizabeth Close (events organiser) via this page.

 

 

 

World War 1: As seen through the eyes of the poets and artists
presented by the Rev Philip Davies

Monday 1st December, 7.30pm in the village hall

Members free * Guests £4 * All welcome * Festive refreshments

Contact Brian Andrews (chairman) or Elizabeth Close (events organiser) via this page .

 

 

 

World War 1: Honouring our heroes and celebrating 25 years of CHAPS

Saturday August 2nd & Sunday August 3rd 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.

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